Mets ST Games 6 and 7

Tough day for the Mets — both of their split squads fell to their opponent, preventing the Mets from accomplishing a winning streak.

In their game against the Nationals — broadcast on radio but not televised — the Mets lost 11-5. Meanwhile, the other squad squandered a 9th-inning rally and lost to the Marlins in extra innings, 5-2.

I won’t comment on the game vs. the Nats because there is only so much that can be gleaned from a radio broadcast; that said, the focus is on the game with the Fish.

Dillon Gee pitched well enough; it appeared he was working on things, and wasn’t exactly sharp, but not bad, either. The results were OK — 2 1/3 innings, 4 hits, 1 run, no walks, 1 K. He has plenty of time to fine-tune.

Gonzalez Germen, on the other hand, did not pitch well at all. Nine of his first ten pitches in the 10th were balls, and he wound up allowing four baserunners and three runs en route to his first loss of the spring. Though, he did provide perhaps the most exciting part of the game, as we wondered whether the length of the inning and his rising pitch count would result in a white towel being thrown onto the field. The morbid suspense was akin to watching the 2002 MLB All-Star Game, when both teams ran out of pitchers. Germen was the Mets’ final hurler of the day, and as his pitch count drew closer to 30, there was speculation that the Mets might ask the Marlins for mercy and simply end the inning, citing an unofficial gentlemen’s agreement amongst clubs during the meaningless spring games. I was on the edge of my seat!

Not much else to report.

I’m curious as to why we are seeing so much of Daniel Muno at second base — is he a prospect? I understand that Daniel Murphy (and David Wright) are being rested to make sure they don’t injure themselves in the spring (much to the chagrin of Keith Hernandez), but I don’t get why it’s Muno getting the reps. Why not Eric Young, Jr., who may get squeezed out of playing opportunities in the star-studded Mets outfield? (After checking the boxscore, I did see that Wilmer Flores played 2B against the Nats, which is good.) I suppose the Mets brass is intrigued with Muno’s ability to draw walks as a minor leaguer — he took 92 free passes last year in 127 AA games, and has a career .404 OBP. Otherwise, I don’t see much to get excited about in regard to Muno’s game. Who knows? Maybe he’s the next Marco Scutaro.

Joel Carreno‘s line looked great — one inning, no baserunners, three strikeouts — but I have to say he has not impressed me yet. His body type makes me think of Jose Valverde, which is appropos of nothing. His breaking ball lays right into the batter’s kitchen — about belt high, over the middle of the plate. He’s yet to break 89 MPH, which makes me really wonder, because I was under the impression that he threw in the 92 MPH range. Oh, and he was tipping his pitches, though I’m not sure the Fish batters were picking up on it. It’s pretty easy to see: after taking the sign from the catcher, if he looks back toward center field, he’s throwing a fastball. If he doesn’t look back, a breaking ball is on the way. If anyone on/from the Mets is reading, now would be a great time to let him know and fix the issue.

Jeff Walters did not pitch, but displayed excellent hair and an affinity for TV interviews. He was remarkable comfortable and engaging on camera, spoke well, and came off as very likeable. I’m hoping he can make the club, for no other reason than to provide some good between-innings / postgame color. If you haven’t heard of him, Walters is a late bloomer — he saved 38 games for AA Binghamton last year, but is 26 years old (turning 27 in November). I would think he has an outside shot at going north in April if there are a few injuries. Otherwise, we almost certainly will see him at some point in 2014.

Ryan Reid continues to be remarkably unimpressive; he reminds me of Chris Schwinden or Josh Stinson: straight, 90-91 MPH fastball that stays around the middle of the plate, not much else. He would be more interesting if he were Reid Ryan. Hmmm … Ryan Reid, Reid Ryan … Dick York, Dick Sargent … Sergeant York … but where the heck is Darrin Stevens in all this? Oh, never mind …

And then Michael Brady made an appearance, though without Peter nor Greg (nor Marcia, Jan, nor Cindy, for that matter).

OK, what did YOU see? Post in the comments.

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. Dan Capwell March 6, 2014 at 8:23 am
    I was hoping you would squeeze a Darren Reed reference into the last full paragraph…I guess Spring Training is for bloggers too!

    Good point about no EYJ at second. While I am very glad baseball is back, it is hard to get at all enthused about our heroes right now.

  2. DanB March 6, 2014 at 11:26 am
    One thing I have noticed this spring is how much I miss having the Mets on WFAN. I have missed every game because I never have my radio on AM, let alone WOR. The last thing the Mets need is to become more of an after thought.
  3. Walnutz15 March 6, 2014 at 1:20 pm
    Well, at least you can be grateful DanB – that you didn’t temporarily think you had car troubles……in attempting to listen to WOR-710.

    I was driving home the other day, and thought I’d have to pull over. Lo and behold, I just lowered the volume on my dial – and all of the distortion ceased.

    Was a relief to turn them off.

  4. argonbunnies March 6, 2014 at 5:58 pm
    Collins views Murphy as his everyday 2B and isn’t seriously auditioning anyone there. Muno is just filling up innings. The Mets don’t seem to be working on ways to get both EY and Lagares into the lineup — looks like we’ll either have a gold glove CF or a base-stealing leadoff hitter, not both. Presumably if Murph gets hurt, that won’t change, and instead we’ll get more looks at Flores.

    If the Mets wanted to maximize their chances of winning in 2014, they should probably use some platoons, with Murph sitting against some lefties, Chris Young sitting against some righties, and EY bouncing between 2B and OF. But Murphy’s tenure with the team, high batting average, and ability to occasionally hit .450 for a week, will probably keep him in the lineup every day. Old managers don’t like taking everyday jobs away from veterans.

    Personally, the guy I want out there every day is Lagares. Treat his D like it’s a 101-mph fastball: invest heavily in making him the best player he can be, so he can bring that plus plus tool into games. He’s hit everywhere except MLB; it shouldn’t be impossible to mold him into a good enough hitter.

  5. argonbunnies March 6, 2014 at 6:08 pm
    Joe, the SNY radar gun was ~4mph below the stadium gun. Carreno as probably throwing 92-93, with Reid at 94-95.

    Having a reliever who throws his curve a lot might not be a bad change of pace for the Mets. Carreno’s has a big drop that might mess with some hitters. I agree, though, it was a roller, not a sharp breaker.

    Something about Reid reminds me of Brian Stokes. Good stuff, but hitters seem to have an easy time seeing the ball, and it’s thigh-high too often.

    Any comment on Reid’s mechanics? He opens his hips way early, with his entire lower half facing the plate long before his foot lands.

    Walters was a good interview, but nowhere near Granderson and Black. Did you hear Quintanilla? The guy sounds like a therapist! Very soft voice, kindly tone. I didn’t even realize he was born here; I was expecting an accent.

    • Joe Janish March 7, 2014 at 1:38 pm
      Thanks, wasn’t aware of the MPH discrepancy. That’s a big difference, though, do we know which gun is correct?

      Reid hasn’t interested me enough to look hard at his mechanics, but I’ll take a look next time he appears.

      Yes, I dozed off during Quintanilla’s interview.