Mets Game 30: Win Over Rockies
Mets 5 Rockies 1
Mets step aside from the broom to salvage one win against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
Mets Game Notes
Dillon Gee continues his dominance, running his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 16, and tossing at least six innings for the 27th time in his last 29 starts. As he’s been doing since last May, Gee kept the Rox off-balance by using all four quadrants of the strike zone and changing speeds. One needn’t throw 95+ MPH to succeed in MLB after all — who’da thunk it?
Meanwhile, Joulys Chacin — in his first start of the year — was awful. I was mildly surprised to see Chacin still in the game after the third inning, but not necessarily because of his poor performance. More alarming were his mechanics and location — he was pulling his body toward first base, putting strain on his shoulder, and missing up and in to righties / up and a way to lefties. His timing was off, and I bet it’s why he suffered shoulder problems this spring. If I’m right, it’s clear his flaw wasn’t fixed, and he’s going to hurt his shoulder again. If the Rockies had someone on staff taking high-speed film of Chacin, and who could identify the problem, they could have either corrected him in-game or, at the very least, had the sense to pull him out before he hurt himself. Instead, they’ll probably give him a cortisone shot. Who cares about the root of a problem if you can cover it with something, right?
Several times during the game, Daisuke Matsuzaka was warming up in the bullpen — despite throwing 41 pitches the night before. Why? Gary Cohen mentioned that Terry Collins once said “we can throw him every day — he’s going to throw every day anyway, on his own.” That’s what’s called dumb and dumber. Here’s a wild idea: insist that a pitcher take one day off after throwing 27-44 pitches, and cite science as the reason — because science says you need at least one full day off the mound after that kind of workload, to allow your body to heal. Yes, I realize that throwing every day, and throwing as often as possible, is part of the Japanese culture and a source of pride for Dice-K. Guess what? The Mets pay his salary, therefore they can tell him what to do. If smacking him in the head and saying, “hey, this is how you blew out your elbow the first time, do you want to blow it out again?” doesn’t do it, management can force him to take a day off. I know in my job, I can’t just do whatever the heck I want. For example, maybe I don’t believe writing press releases is an effective form of public relations — but if my boss says, “Joe, I want you to write a press release about this news and send it out,” guess what? I’m doing it, because my boss has the power to stop paying me. But, the Mets (as well as most MLB clubs) don’t know — or perhaps ignore — the guidelines for recovery. MLB coaches and management know better, after all. Their ignorance of science, I’m sure, has NOTHING to do with the growing epidemic of arm injuries over the past few years. Right.
Next Mets Game
The Mets move on to Miami on Monday to face the Marlins for a three-game set. Game one begins at 7:10 PM and pits Jonathon Niese vs. Nathan Eovaldi.