Mets Game 133: Win Over Nationals

Mets 3 Nationals 2

Is Dillon Gee the Mets ace?

Mets Game Notes

Dillon Gee did his thing for seven and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk. I have to admit, I thought this was going to be the toughest game of the series to win, based on the pitching matchups. That said, it wouldn’t surprise me to see them sweep.

Daniel Murphy is suddenly hot again, with two hits including a double and two runs scored. He’s 7 for his last 11, boosting his season OPS to a very replacement-level .708. If he had a Gold Glove and ran the bases better than a little leaguer, that kind of offense would make him acceptable.

Hey, look there’s Andrew Brown with 6 hits in 5 games in the three-hole. Maybe he’ll get an extended look, now that the games are meaningless.

So here’s a funny question: are you happy that Ike Davis is swinging the bat a bit better, and slugged his 9th homer of the year? Or do you fear that this late-season swing is a ruse, and may be enough to convince the Mets brass that he’s the 2014 first baseman?

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Nationals do it again at 7:05 PM on Saturday night. Zack Wheeler takes the ball against Dan Haren.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Dan42 August 31, 2013 at 7:16 pm
    Ike needs to swing much more “better” for me to have any faith in his chances to be worthwhile next year. Even if he does improve, I hope he is elsewhere after this season.
  2. DanB August 31, 2013 at 8:27 pm
    The Mets say they will spend money this off season but every team will be spending money because of the flush of money from the network contract. Yet the Mets have debt loads other teams don’t have. Add the Mets reluctance to overspend, this means the chances of the Mets buying a new first basemen are slim. Ike Davis at $5 million might be all they can afford.
  3. Joe September 1, 2013 at 1:21 am
    Few players have “gold gloves.”

    Daniel Murphy has as a whole, playing in a position he learned on the fly, been an adequate second baseman, at times doing fairly well.

    He is one of the few guys on the team that has hit. If the team was filled with hitters, maybe you wouldn’t need him. This is not the case. Nearly NO ONE who has played regularly this year has an OPS more than he.* This suggests problems with the team. But, yeah, let’s yet again focus on Daniel Murphy.

    * Byrd and Wright alone among everyday players have a better OPS. When the team gets a 1B, SS, bat in the OF, maybe THEN we worry about his OPS.

  4. Quinn September 1, 2013 at 1:49 am
    As unfortunate as it is the Mets have bigger fish to fry than 2b. Once they can get a “gold glove” at ss and possibly maybe just one corner OF then start to look at 2b.
    As for 1b if Flores doesnt play there and they move him to second there will be a plethora of in house options to unseat Ike. As you have pointed out Brown is playing well, I still believe Duda can contribute and of course there is Satin. While none of those are long term solutions I believe there are servicable place holders untill minor league talent develops.
    Imagine though if they reverted to there ways of 06 and signed Cano and Ellsbury.
  5. Hobie September 1, 2013 at 9:01 am
    Dan Murphy is terrible. Anyone on the team who is terrible is part of the problem and one of the fish to fry.
  6. DanB September 1, 2013 at 9:58 am
    Let’s face it, over the net two years the Mets need to upgrade every position other then third and catcher. AldersonAlder son needs to find any three players this off season and find another three net off season. Which positions he upgrades matters less then just doing something to improve the roster.