Mets Game 59: Loss To Cubs
Cubs 5 Mets 4
Cubs win battle of the bullpens and the series.
Mets Game Notes
C’mon guys, 3 hours and 40 minutes? Ugh.
Bad baseball is tough to watch. It has nothing to do with lack of offense. It’s just bad baseball. Bad, slow baseball.
Do you recall what I stated about Jake Arietta in the previous postgame, how he reminded me of Gil Meche because he has good stuff but may never figure it out? Ditto for Edwin Jackson, who continues to be a mind-boggling enigma after a dozen years in the bigs. After a long, 33-pitch initial inning, Jackson continued to nibble around the corners and jerk around with his curveball to the bottom of the Mets order in the second, walking both Dice-K and Matt den Dekker before miraculously inducing a double-play ball from Daniel Murphy to end the inning. Luck, is what that’s called.
In the fourth, Dice-K received similar grace from the baseball gods. Unable to throw a strike, and with men on first and third and one out, eighth-place hitter John Baker swung on a 3-0 pitch and rapped a bullet back through the box that was slowed down by Dice-K’s leg and turned into an easy, inning-ending double-play. And yes, I agreed 100% with Baker swinging there, with the pitcher on-deck.
Slugging Ruben Tejada continues to blast the ball over fences. He reminds me — a lot — of Troy Tulowitzki, or a young Ernie Banks. No he doesn’t. More like, a poor man’s Rey Ordonez. Are you old enough to remember when Rey-Rey thought he was a homerun hitter? And when he couldn’t decide on a uniform number (though, that’s not relevant to this conversation)?
Mets were 1-for-8 with RISP and left 10 runners on base. The Cubs were only slightly better — 3-for-10, 9 LOB. And if you look at the final score …
The two teams combined for 15 walks and 19 strikeouts but only 327 pitches. With those K/BB numbers I would have expected closer to 400 pitches.
Why do I prefer NL baseball — a.k.a., “real baseball”? The top of the fifth inning. Bases loaded, two outs, Edwin Jackson soiling the bed, but he’s leading off the bottom of the inning so the decision is made to leave him in the ballgame and cross fingers. After pushing the count to 3-1, he somehow manages to get Anthony Recker to pop up in foul territory outside the first base line to end the inning. That kind of strategy, thought, stress, and edge-of-the-seat anticipation just doesn’t happen in adulterated leagues. Oh, that’s right — because only home runs are exciting.
Though, it was bizarre to see Darwin Barney pinch-hit for Jackson at the bottom of the frame, considering that Barney is hitting worse than most pitchers this year. But, the Cubs no longer have guys like Scot Thompson, Gene Clines, Larry Biitner, or Ken Henderson sitting on the bench and waiting for a chance to swing the lumber.
LOVED Keith Hernandez‘s commentary during this ballgame. As usual, it was the main entertainment of the broadcast. If there were “web gems” for announcers, I would nominate Keith’s use of the word “milieu” in the third inning, when describing Dice-K’s, um, milieu. OK, it wasn’t a perfect use of the word — “specialty” was probably more appropriate — but who uses the word “milieu” in everyday conversation? Or ever, for that matter?
Also enjoyed Keith discussing random Chicago Bears trivia, such as mentioning running back Willie Galimore — who had the same kind of talent as Gale Sayers but was killed in a car accident at the age of 29. Here is some neat video footage of Galimore.
Another entertaining bit during the broadcast was a fast-motion video of the path from the clubhouse to the dugout underneath the stands of Wrigley Field. It reminded me of the old Atari 2600 game called “Warlock.” Oh man I hope someone knows what I’m talking about.