First the snow and then Mets Blow. Time for the:
Game 12: Scott Rice
It would be easier to pick a GOAT for the game, and game 13, but rice pitched a solid 1.1 allowing 2 baserunners, unfortunately both on walks. However, Gee was ineffective, Lyon gave up a run, burke put the game out of reach for the Mets, and Hawkins pitched to one batter. Rice pretty much won by default. With that said, Pedro Feliciano has started his rehab assignment, and the case can be made that it is Rice who should stay, not Edgin who is struggling.
Game 13: Bobby Parnell
This was a tough one and came down to process of elimination. Laffey? Ha. Edgin? 4 runs. Hawkins? Couldn’t stop the bleeding. Atchinson? OK, 2 innings no runs, a possibility. Lyon? Unearned run in 2/3. Rice? Unearned run, didn’t record an out. Burke? Lost the game, is now in AAA for Familia.
So why Parnell over Atchinson when Parnell has a blown save? Cause it wasn’t his fault. That Tejada error should not have happened. He did all he could in 8th, and kept the Mets in it in the 9th. The old Parnell would’ve “Oliver Perez’ed” it and lose focus after the unearned run.
One caveat: The pitchers were playing in brutal cold conditions, and as most MLB fans know if you’re fingers are numb the breaking pitches are worthless. The Rockies suffer under the same conditions but this is what happens when the majority of the pitching staff, especially in the pen, are control pitchers. As crazy as this might sound to many, they could have used Frank Francisco in this series. Without him or Familia the only reliever with heat is Parnell.
Game 12: David Wright
I know I wasn’t the only one wondering when Captain America was going to get a PPotG. David joined the home run barrage of the early season with his first two home runs of the season. He also added a single in the eighth.
Game 13: Marlon Byrd
Despite scoring 9 runs finding a PPotG was tough. No one really had an outstanding game. Obvious there were errors galore from Tejada, a misplay by Baxter that had everyone thinking Duda was still out there. Cowgill had 3 hits but he left 5 men on base with no RBIs. Murphy left 6 men on base. Wright left 3. It may sound a bit much to criticize it when the team scores nine runs, but the first three men in the order left a combined 14 men on base and had ZERO RBIs. In short, they should have scored far more than 9.
Byrd made the most of what he had. He only went one for four but had 3 RBIs, and left no one on the bases.
Pitcher of the Game Scoreboard:
Matt Harvey: 3
Jonathan Niese: 3
Scott Atchinson: 1
Greg Burke: 1
Josh Edgin: 1
Dillon Gee: 1
Jeremy Hefner: 1
Bobby Parnell: 1
Scott Rice: 1
Position Player of the Game Scoreboard:
John Buck: 6*
Marlon Byrd: 2
Colin Cowgill: 1
Lucas Duda: 1
Daniel Murphy: 1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 1
David Wright: 1
*You may have noticed Buck mysteriously has been given an additional PPotG. This is a correction. I had neglected to tack on to his count for Game 8.
Special Thanks to Sean Engel for the Kiner’s Korner Pitcher and Position Player of the Game graphics. You can follow him on twitter with the handle
Posted by Robert Z