Mets Game 162: Win Over Brewers
Mets 3 Brewers 2
Mets narrowly avoid a final-series sweep at the hands of the Brewers, perhaps inspired by Mike Piazza, and finish with the exact same record as 2012: 74-88. This year, though, that’s good enough for third place in the NL East!
Mets Game Notes
Was it Mike Piazza Day or Eric Young, Jr. Day? Young was playing like a man on fire, particularly in the first frame, when he came as close to singlehandedly scoring a run as one can get. Though, upon closer examination, it could be argued that better execution — even average execution — by the defense should have resulted in Young being put out before crossing home plate. Still, his aggressiveness forced the mistakes. When you make dumb decisions and they work out, it’s called “being aggressive” (or, “Dan Murphying”). When you make a dumb decision and are put out, it’s called “a dumb decision.” Against the little-league defense of the Milwaukee Brewers, being aggressive was a good plan.
This game came down to an assortment of plays at the plate, umpiring calls, and fundamentals. It was ugly — a fitting way for this Mets team to finish.
Jonathon Niese deserved better, both in this game and in 2013 overall. He finished the year 8-8, and was admirable to stellar in seven of his final nine starts. Eight wins? Vic Black “earned” the victory, and he finished the year with three.
Was it fitting that Frank Francisco closed it out, to earn his first save of the year — and likely his last as a Met?
It looked like the Mets weren’t going to come back from the seemingly mountainous one-run lead the Brewers took. But then in the bottom of the 8th inning, Sean Halton and Scooter Gennett set up the circus tent, laid down three rings, and began performing. The only thing more stunning than the terrible series of events that occurred by the Milwaukee defense was the reaction by GKR, who spoke as if they’d not seen “little league” mistakes ever before. They were right to harshly criticize the Brew Crew, but really guys? You’ve NEVER seen stupid baseball on this level before? Have you been watching the same Mets games as I have for the past three years?
2013 was a long, long year for the Mets and Mets fans. I’m torn to see it come to an end. On the one hand, the agony is over, and for the next month the only baseball to watch should be really good baseball. On the other hand, there’s only a month left of baseball to watch, and then a long winter or debating whether or not Daniel Murphy is a legitimate everyday Major Leaguer.
Next Mets Game
The Mets host the Washington Nationals on March 31, 2014 to start the season. TBD will take the ball against TBD; there’s a good chance that TdA will catch for the Mets.
Mike Piazza Items of the Day
We’re going all Mike Piazza, with several items to choose from:
Mike Piazza #31 New York Mets official MLB Knucklehead Bobble Head in original Box
(ONLY 1 LEFT IN STOCK!)
Long Shot (Kindle Edition)
Long Shot (Hardcover)
Long Shot (Paperback)
There’s also an Audible version; use any of the above links to get to it.