Mets Game 73: Win Over Marlins
Mets 1 Marlins 0
Mets Game Notes
One year and one day after his own MLB debut, Wheeler pitched the best game of his brief big-league career — a three-hit shutout, in which he faced only 28 batters. Three of the four baserunners Wheeler allowed were erased by double plays, and there was no point in the game that a Fish made it beyond first base in a highly efficient 111-pitch effort. That’s dominating.
Wheeler had to be that good, because the Mets mustered one measly run — thanks to a solo homer by David Wright in the initial inning. The Mets were otherwise anemic offensively, managing to put 10 runners on base but grounding into three double plays and leaving 6 others stranded and went 0-for-2 with RISP.
Not much else to say.
The only thing that comes to mind is that I was surprised to see the Marlins intentionally walk Ruben Tejada with runners on second and third with two outs in the top of the seventh. It all worked out for Miami but I would be pitching to the light-hitting Tejada there, assuming one of my better righthanded relievers can retire him and then set up the 8th with Wheeler leading off. But what do I know?
Chris Young had a hit but he looks completely lost and lacking confidence at the plate.
During the postgame, Bobby Ojeda went wild over the way Zack Wheeler “took control of the game.” He went on to say that “catchers don’t run the game, pitchers run the game.” I beg to differ. The great catchers always run the game, and some of the best ones let the pitcher think he’s running the game. It’s all about being a mental manipulator / psychologist back there. But we’ll let Bobby think that he, and other pitchers, are smart enough to handle the challenge themselves — it’s more fun that way.
Is it me or does it seem like Giancarlo Stanton frequently faces the Mets when he’s in a bad way, for one reason or another? Whether it’s a slump or a nagging injury — as it was in this game, playing with a jammed wrist. The career numbers suggest I’m not completely crazy — he’s hitting .249 with “only” a .825 OPS in 55 games vs. the Mets. He’s otherwise .270 / .902.