Mets Game 19: Win Over Cardinals

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Jenrry Mejia and the bullpen shut out the mighty Cardinals as the Mets climb over .500.

Mets Game Notes

Sorry, I didn’t get to watch this one, so please tell me what I missed in the comments. Thanks.

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Mets and Cardinals do it again at 7:10 PM on Tuesday night. Dillon Gee climbs the hill against Adam Wainwright.

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  1. Craig April 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm
    Starting pitching is keeping the Mets in games to win. However it won’t last long, the bats must come alive.

    Pitchers shouldn’t feel like they have to pitch shutouts or 1 or 2 run games to win, it takes a toll as they over throw trying to hard. Leading to injuries.

    Perhaps, as I have suggested before, it’s time to exorcise the clubhouse demons!! See any priests near the dugout or clubhouse lately? What have they got to lose? Changing meal times before games doesn’t seem to have worked… grin.

    I still maintain dumping Collins will solve many issues, his inability to evaluate players, picking the wrong pitchers for the bullpen and misusing the bullpen,.and micro-managing.

    I still haven’t seen Collins smile, even after a win, since he’s been managing. .

  2. argonbunnies April 22, 2014 at 2:42 pm
    My recap:

    For the first 6 innings, Mejia looked like it was 2013 again. Mixing his pitches, throwing strikes. Way more breaking balls than in his previous 2014 starts, which was necessary, as the Cardinals did a good job fouling off the well-placed fastballs they couldn’t hit.

    At 85 pitches, with two outs in the 7th, Mejia either started nibbling or just lost his control, walking two guys. Honestly, it looked like nibbling to me — only one or two pitches really got away; the rest were just off the corners. A little disappointing against John Jay and Mark Ellis, but oh well; he was great until that.

    d’Arnaud hit a few balls hard. Tejada made his two best defensive plays of the season, both legitimately outstanding.

    Granderson didn’t have a remotely competitive AB all night — aside from getting hit, he struck out 3 times on a total of 10 pitches. I’m not loving the idea of keeping an automatic out in the 2 hole. I’d sit him until I at least saw an adjustment in BP.

    Duda took a 2-0 fastball at the knees, then took vicious rips at a bunch of fastballs at or above the belt. Maybe he simply likes to see as many pitches as possible to gauge a pitcher’s stuff before he starts swinging? I dunno.

    Carlos Torres was throwing really hard, mostly 93 with the occasional 94. His final pitch was an 82 mph slider for a K. It’s nice to know he’s capable of bringing it, but I kinda hope he sticks with what worked in relief last year, which was pinpoint location. A less precise 93 won’t work against big leaguers for long.

    Utterly terrible baserunning by Chris Young in the 6th. A struggling Lyons bounced a ball that skipped away. If Young takes off immediately, he makes it 3rd without a throw. If he misreads the wild pitch and holds, the Mets still have a rally intact. Instead, he stopped and started not once but twice, giving Molina time to chase the ball down and throw him out at 3rd with ease. It was some Little League stuff there.

    EY’s hitting a lot of pop-ups left handed.

    • crozier April 22, 2014 at 5:05 pm
      The only thing I’d add to that is that, C. Young aside, the Mets played good baseball overall, always an encouraging thing when facing a legitimately superior opponent. Also, another SB for Murphy – and though Mr. Janish is likely to disagree, 25 consecutive stolen bases doesn’t happen by accident. And his part of the superb double play was pretty sharp.