Mets Game 134: Win Over Marlins

Mets 5 Marlins 1

For once, we witness the opposing team going in the tank.

Mets Game Notes

For those unaware, it is officially September, which means the Mets are playing meaningless games. This lazy Sunday afternoon contest was a prime example of what happens when two teams out of the pennant race meet each other on the diamond. The result is many innings of lackluster, uneventful baseball. Ho hum.

Yes, a win is a win is a win. Unfortunately, a win in September by a team 17 games out of first and 8 games from the wild card, against a team that is even further behind, doesn’t feel the same as a win in April, May, or June. Whatever. We’ll take it as we support our Mets in their quest for a .500 final record.

The Mets erupted for five runs in the first frame, led by volcano Jason Bay‘s grand slam. Yes, Bay is a volcano — after all, a volcano generally lays dormant for a long, long, time … then it explodes. Who knows, though — maybe this homer will take Bay out of his three-year slump. Should the Mets consider extending him now, while his value is at an all-time low?

After Bay’s blast, the Marlins rolled over. Or is it, they floated to the surface? In any case, they clearly packed it in, and did what they could to get the game over as quickly as possible.

Luckily, there are teams still in the pennant race, playing a full nine innings of baseball. The miracle of television and the internet bring these ballgames right into your living room. Enjoy.

Next Mets Game

The Mets don’t get the day off, despite the holiday. They head to St. Louis to play the Cardinals on Labor Day at 2:10 p.m. The pitching matchup is Collin McHugh vs. Joe Kelly.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. DaveSchneck September 2, 2012 at 10:46 pm
    Meaningless games? The Mets have their next 3 with the NL’s 2nd wild card team. A sweep in St. Louie along with a couple of losses for the Dodgers and Buccos and they’ll be 5 out with 25 to go.
    • Mike B September 3, 2012 at 10:36 am
      Oh just a sweep in St Louis? If they sweep the cards I am predicting a world series win.
    • Joe Janish September 3, 2012 at 5:14 pm
      I suppose the Mets COULD go 28-0 the rest of the way. I mean, anything is possible.
      • Joe Schmoe September 3, 2012 at 6:36 pm
        “I mean, anything is possible.”

        Sure. I mean, hey, you could even stop being an insufferable douchebag for a few minutes.

  2. mic September 3, 2012 at 2:30 am
    plus colin mchugh starts
  3. James September 3, 2012 at 7:48 am
    I love the naivete of true fans, wish I could believe like that. I also wish I could believe in God. When the Mets won in 1969, God was clearly playing for the Mets. When the Mets won in 1986, ditto. When, Lord, will our time come?
  4. friend September 3, 2012 at 3:10 pm
    Silver Lining Alert:

    The Mets no longer have the worst bullpen ERA in MLB.

    • Joe Janish September 3, 2012 at 5:12 pm
      For now.

      We should celebrate while it still holds true.

    • James September 4, 2012 at 3:36 pm
      Lots of Mets burnishing their stats in pressure-free situations. Bobby Parnell cannot hold an egg in his hand without cracking it, if you know what I mean.
  5. Joe September 4, 2012 at 2:45 pm
    True enough but there are a great number of “out of it” teams playing games like this and if they are all “meaningless games,” let’s pay them less for them or something. Variable seat pricing shows such games mean less w/o being meaningless.