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.