Mets Game 52: Win Over Pirates
Mets 5 Pirates 0
Mets remain undefeated in The Lamar Johnson Era.
Mets Game Notes
I breezed through this game on the DVR, and don’t have much to discuss. It was a 5-zip shutout win, so there were positives. But what would this blog be if I didn’t dwell on the negatives?
Such as, what in the heck was Juan Lagares doing trying to steal third and getting picked off instead with David Wright at the plate and two outs in the fifth inning of a 2-0 game? These baserunning gaffes are endemic on this club, so I’m not going to blame Lagares — I blame the Mets organization as a whole for being so completely negligent in baseball education.
Speaking of baserunning, only Daniel Murphy can get away with running around the bases like a 9-year-old and come out smelling like a rose, as he did on a routine ground-ball out to third that turned into a little league triple in the third inning. I’m continuing to think that Murphy is on to something with his no-thought, run like crazy at all times strategy, because it works more often than not, and as a result, his remarkably irresponsible decisions are rewarded by advanced metrics. This could be the new Moneyball advantage: leveraging the fact that many defenders are sloppy and lacking in skills and/or fundamentals.
Pedro Alvarez was the guy who threw that ball away to start Murphy’s whimsical tour of the diamond. Alvarez, the once-stellar defender, a man who many believed was a Gold Glove candidate, who now has a dozen errors less than one-third of the way through the season.
If I’m a MLB starting pitcher, I would be very happy to pitch in these afternoon getaway games, because it seems that most hitters are half-asleep and just going through the motions. Though, Charlie Morton seemed to need some NoDoz, “red juice,” or “special coffee” himself.
It’s a good thing these sloppy weekday afternoon games happen in the middle of the day, so few people witness them.
While we’re on the subject, the official attendance was reported to be 34,839. Say what? Based on what the SNY cameras were showing, at least 20,000 of those people were either in the rest room, hanging out next to the big “42,” or waiting in line at Shake Shack.
Lucas Duda showed bunt in the 6th with Chris Young on first, one out, and a full shift against him. I loved that idea, and would have liked to have seen him follow through with it. I’d like to see him and more players lay one down when the adverse shift is put on them, because it is an easy hit — and that’s the goal, right? To get a hit / get on base? Take what the opponent is willing to give you.
That’s all I have … sorry, again, I zipped through and was mostly distracted. Please post your thoughts and reactions in the comments. I apologize for the incomplete, crappy commentary.
Next Mets Game
On Thursday at 7:05 PM in Philadelphia, the Mets begin a 47-game series with the Phillies in an epic battle to command the NL East basement that will extend into late August. Game one features Zack Wheeler and David Buchanan. Rip Van Winkle is expected to wake minutes after the series’ final contest.