Mets Game 159: Loss To Brewers
Brewers 4 Mets 2
Really? The Mets take two out of three from the Reds in Cincinnati, and then fall flat against the Brewers at home? Opposite week continues …
Mets Game Notes
I did actually watch this game — the first I’ve seen since last weekend. But to be honest, it wasn’t holding my attention. It was one of those cases where my eyes were on the screen but I found my mind drifting elsewhere much of the time, and then other things easily distracted me, such as the hamburger on my plate or spotlights shining above the 59th Street Bridge.
Maybe it was because it was so hard to believe that this same Mets team that shut out the Reds couldn’t muster a fight against the PEDless Brew Crew. With Prince Fielder gone for a couple years now, and Ryan Braun suspended, who is left in the Milwaukee lineup? Is Jonathon Lucroy their star hitter? At the corners they have Yuniesky Betancourt and Juan Francisco? Gee whiz, it makes the Mets lineup look like a AAA All-Star team. Yet, four runs did those Brewers score — against Mets de facto ace Dillon Gee, who finished the season allowing 4 runs in 6 innings in 4 of his last 7 starts, and ending the year three outs short of 200 innings.
The Mets had Milwaukee starter Johnny Hellweg on the ropes from the get-go, but couldn’t step on his neck. Somehow, they allowed the seemingly confused giant find his way back to the strike zone, instead of making the first frame his last one of the day. Both the first and third innings were shaping up like huge innings for the Mets offense, but they came away with only one run total — and it came on an infield ground out. Perhaps the adage “a walk is as good as a hit” doesn’t apply in all situations, despite what Brad Pitt claims in that movie about that team with the little budget.
Funny, I thought it was one of those situations where my mind was playing tricks on me — you know, when you think the Mets are leaving the world on base, but then you look at the boxscore later and realize the actual number wasn’t nearly as high as you thought? Well, in the end, the Mets left 11 runners on base, and were 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
A scary moment came when David Wright was drilled in the skull in the third inning. What is it with Wright and late-season beanings? I know, it’s easy to ask, “why is Wright even participating in these meaningless games when he just came off the DL?” An equally easy answer: because no one is going to keep David Wright off the field, if David Wright wants to be on it. End of discussion.
Later in the game, David Aardsma appeared to intentionally plunk Lucroy — perhaps as retaliation. If indeed Aardsma threw a purpose pitch — and it certainly looked that way — I’m not on board with it. Wright was hit — and Duda moments later — because Hellweg had zero control of his pitches. You don’t hit an opposing player as revenge in a situation like that. If retaliation is ever appropriate, it’s when you believe the opposing pitcher is purposely knocking your guys down, or purposely “moving their feet.” Hitting someone on the other team because their pitcher has no idea where the ball is going is bush league.
That’s all I have.