Mets Game 136: Loss To Braves

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There was a game yesterday?

Mets Game Notes

Daisuke Matsuzaka started on the mound for the Mets on Monday afternoon. That was all I needed to know to keep from turning on the television. Instead of watching Dice-K labor through hour-long half-innings (fittingly, on Labor Day), I chose to spend my time more wisely, efficiently, and effectively, doing anything but watch the ballgame.

Looking at the boxscore, it’s apparent that I made the right choice. Kudos to the Mets youngsters for hanging in there and continuing to fight, as evidenced by the pair of runs they put on the board in the seventh.

Remarkably, it was announced that Matsuzaka will pitch again. Perhaps it’s not so remarkable, though, considering that the Mets don’t have anyone else to send to the mound every fifth day. As much as I liked sending Collin McHugh to Colorado for Eric Young, Jr., I suddenly understand McHugh’s value. Or, my perception of McHugh is warped by the Mets’ startling lack of starting pitching depth.

How did the Mets find themselves in this situation? We saw it coming back in March, didn’t we? And as far back as January, when the only starting pitcher added to the roster was extreme injury risk Shaun Marcum.

But, I suppose it doesn’t matter that the Mets are running short of starting pitchers, because the season is pretty much over and the Mets are on the verge of being mathematically eliminated from the postseason. It feels kind of like the beginning of June at the end of a school year, when teachers have completed teaching their courses, and kids are just showing up for the purpose of attendance for the last few weeks.

Wait … what happened to Sandy Alderson’s assertion that this last month of September WOULD BE meaningful, because the Mets were focused on finishing strong and building momentum toward 2014? I’m not feeling it, especially after the trade of Marlon Byrd, the injury to Matt Harvey, and the impending shutdown of Zack Wheeler. Oh my, who’s going to pitch when Wheeler is shut down? Will it be Aaron Harang?

Most likely I’ll watch tonight’s game, as there’s a decent chance it will be more interesting and quicker than watching paint dry.

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Braves do it again at 7:10 PM. Carlos Torres starts against Kris Medlen.

Mets Item of the Day

Hopefully the image and link will work this time; still trying to figure out why the very cool, very cheap New York Mets Retro Logo Sports Poster Print that didn’t show up in yesterday’s post for reasons unknown.

Today’s choice is a perfect “back to school” item for the kiddies: an insulated lunch bag with the New York Mets logo!

Price is a mere $11.99, but act quickly, as Amazon is showing only 2 left in stock.

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. DaveSchneck September 3, 2013 at 2:56 pm
    I was kinda hoping that you would just bypass the recap of this contest.

    Regarding DiceK, his job is two-fold – first, eat innings to protect young pitching with innings limits. For this, going three to five innings per start is not cutting it. Second, insure that the Mets lose every game he pitches. For this task, he gets an A+. Alderson is right, these games are extremely meaningful, but for 2014. The Mets are in a dog fight with about 9 teams for the 5 spots remaining in the bottom 10 teams, along with the protected 1st round pick that goes with it. Signing Harang was another great move for this purpose. Give these guys the ball for 40% of the games, let the other kids get their feet wet in the bigs, and do your best to keep everyone healthy.

  2. DanB September 3, 2013 at 5:46 pm
    Remember this game next year because the Mets will have same problem at the end of 2014 if they don’t get a couple veterans. All these young pitchers are on innings limits.
  3. argonbunnies September 4, 2013 at 2:38 am
    I am all for throwing games to get a better draft pick. I hope Dice-K stays.
  4. Joe September 4, 2013 at 7:52 pm
    If you are only going to pitch three innings and wear out the bullpen (and position players … putting aside the fans and announcers), what is the point? With expanded rosters, a pair of relievers can get you that. Toss in Harang, and there you go. Dice-K is some sort of punishment, I think.