Mets Game 134: Win Over Nationals
Mets 11 Nationals 3
This felt a little like a Mets-Nationals game from 2006.
Mets Game Notes
Wow, Dan Haren really, really stinks these days, eh? He’s just terrible, to the point where it’s a wonder the Nats held on to him this long. I guess he must’ve had a few gems mixed in to keep the faith, and one has to wonder, how did he do it?
In contrast, Zack Wheeler was very good. I stop short of saying “dominant,” because it’s not like he’s overpowering batters or striking out a ton — he just throws strikes and gets outs. Granted, he had a lead from the get-go, and an eight-run lead as of the third inning, so he had a substantial advantage, but still — he did what he was supposed to do given the situation, and he executed.
Ike Davis hit a sac fly to drive in a run, but pulled a muscle in the process. I don’t understand why so many MLBers injure their core / ribcage these days, when one would think they have access to the kind of training that would strengthen and prevent these injuries. I used to take anywhere from 500-1000 swings a day in college, and never hurt anything in my core. Maybe these days they do too much? Or maybe their bodies have too much disproportionate strength (i.e., too top-heavy / too musclebound in the upper body)? Are the bats too light? Do they swing too hard? It really is a mystery.
Just prior to hitting a sacrifice fly to drive in the Nats’ first run, a graphic came up on the screen stating that Jayson Werth had a career .239 AVG with the bases loaded. I don’t understand how that’s possible — a hitter’s highest average should come in that situation, because the pitcher is on the defensive and has to throw three strikes. It makes it all the more baffling when you consider that Werth perennially sees more pitches than most other MLB hitters. He must change his approach drastically, and/or have a different mindset, when the bases are full.
Daniel Murphy remains hot — and dumb on the basepaths. He tried to stretch his second single into a double, and was thrown out by 10 feet on a perfect throw by Bryce Harper. Yeah, the Mets were up by 8 at the time so who cares, and it didn’t mean anything. But gee whiz, there still should be some semblance of judgment in such a situation. Murphy ran hard out of the box, slowed down to a gentle cruise as he approached first base, saw that Harper bobbled, and took off for second. Had Murphy ran hard the entire way, I could understand the gamble — and he might have made it by an eyelash. But once you stop your momentum, the ball has to roll a few feet beyond the outfielder if you have any chance to take second — and that’s if you’re fast, which Murphy is not.
Speaking of stupid, just what the heck was Bryce Harper doing trying to stretch a double into a triple with no outs in the eighth and down by a touchdown? I can almost — almost — forgive him based on his age and lack of experience. But no, I can’t. Dumb, dumb, dumb.