Archive: May 19th, 2010

Game 41: Loss to the Nationals

Nationals 5, Mets 3

Angel Pagan and R.A. Dickey are the kind of players who you could root for, no matter what team they play for. Tonight, they both wore Mets uniforms and they both played (and pitched) their asses off. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to beat the Nationals.

Dickey was solid, allowing two runs in six innings of work. He made a great diving catch on a bunt pop up in the first inning – in the grand scheme of things, it was a small play, but it was clear that Dickey was willing to make the extra effort and earn a spot with the Mets. In the wake of Hanley Ramirez’s recent lollygagging in Florida, Dickey’s effort was nice to see.

Pagan’s night was a bit more historic – he was became the first player in 55 years to take part in an 8-2-6-3 triple play (as a fielder) and hit an inside-the-park home run in the same game. The triple play was the tenth in Mets history.

Dickey was matched by former Met Livan Hernandez, who scattered four hits and allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings.

After Dickey exited the game, the Mets bullpen blew the lead, thanks to losing pitcher Raul Valdes and Fernando Nieve. Valdes and Nieve allowed three earned runs over 2/3 of an inning. It never got ugly or out of control, but while the Mets bullpen was leaking, the Nationals pen was airtight – Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard and Matt Capps allowed one hit and walked none in 2 2/3 innings of work.

Notes: This game was much more exciting than the past two snore-fests, but the Mets offense has mustered only 7 runs this week… David Wright was given the night off tonight, in favor of Fernando Tatis… Tatis hit a solo home run off Matt Capps in the 9th inning – his first hit off right-handed pitching all season… Ollie “All Over” Perez made his first appearance out of the bullpen and was his typically wild self, walking one batter in 1/3 inning of work… The last player to take part in a triple play and hit an inside-the-park home run in the same game was Philadelphia’s Ted Kazanski on September 25, 1955.

Next Mets Game

The Mets take on Washington again tomorrow night at 7:05pm EDT.

Enjoy this video from Opening Day at Shea in 1972:


Game Day Open Thread: May 19 @ Washington

The Mets (19-21) take on the Nationals (20-20) tonight at Nationals Park…

R.A. Dickey makes his season debut against Livan Hernandez (4-2, 1.46)…

First pitch at 7:05pm EDT…


By the way, if you see a comment from “planethardball” on Twitter – that’s me

And here is a promo video that I put together for the annual NYPD/FDNY Charity Baseball Game. This year’s game will be held at MCU Park (home of the Brooklyn Cyclones):

UPDATE: Here’s a video from a few years back about RA Dickey’s knuckleball. I forgot about it until just now. It’s pretty great:


Wednesday Morning Link Dump

As the Mets get ready to take on Livan Hernandez and the Washington Nationals, here is today’s link dump.

Note: Be sure to drop by tonight’s Gameday Open Thread. It will be posted at 5pm EDT and will run throughout the game.

OnTheBlack – David Wright is struggling. How badly? Kerel Cooper is breaking out the graphs to show you.

BrooklynMetFan – BMF thinks it might be time for a new hitting coach.

The Hardball Times – Brian Borawski points out that the Mets lead the major leagues in declining attendance so far this season.

Amazin’ Avenue – Are the Mets afraid to eat the contract of Gary Matthews Jr? Amazin’ Avenue examines that question and looks at the plethora of baseball analysts that couldn’t believe the Mets traded for GMJ in the first place.

MetsMerized – MM has a detailed update on the Mets minor league system.

Enjoy this video of Wally Backman chilling out with the umpires before a game in 2007: