Games 21-23: Pitcher & Position Player of The Game: AwPhil Weekend

Mets bullpen blows and hitting woes. There were some positive performances though. Find out in the Weekend Installment of Kiner’s Korner Pitcher & Position Player of the Game.

 

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Game 21: Jeurys Familia

You can make the argument for Dillon Gee. Six innings with four earned runs isn’t the worst line, especially when three came off of Ryan Howard in the sixth. But Howard has a history of hitting home runs off Gee, and you don’t let their best guy beat you. In addition, as the third starter Gee has to get to the seventh inning more consistently. With the Mets pen on fumes due to the poor starting pitching and questionable management, Familia’s two inning was a welcome respite, although it didn’t carry over for the weekend. If Mets pen ever is to turn it around, they need better starting pitching performances, and it would be nice to see Familia step up.

 

Game 22: Shaun Marcum

Under the circumstances he did not do badly, he did about what you had to expect. He had very little spring training, and oddly Mets decided to let him rehab in side sessions instead of facing live batters in minor league games. They had to expect him not to be able to go further than 4-5 innings, and you have to question Mets management from Sandy to Terry to Warthen on doing it. But if you told me before hand 3 runs in 4 innings, I’d say that would be the most I would expect out of Marcum on his first game back. Unfortunately, Robert Carson took them completely out of the game in the fifth with a 5 run frame.

Game 23: Jonathan Niese

I admit, I only caught part of game due to Celtics-Knicks, but from what I saw Jon Niese deserved better. His line is 6.2 IP, 3 Runs, 1 Earned Run, 1 BB 3 Ks. He had to deal with three extra outs due to 2 errors in the first inning by Wright and himself, but got out of the inning unscathed. But with 2 outs and nobody on John Buck dropped a popup and the floodgates open. This let to one of the oddest bullpen decisions of Terry-Warthen’s tenure when they chose to take out Niese for Scott Atchinson causing the Phillies to pinch hit Ryan Howard for Kevin Frandsen, who of course drove in the two runs. I know Niese had 117 pitches, but who did Collins-Warthen give the Phillies the better matchup? If you want to take out Niese due to pitch count, why not have a lefty ready for the obvious pinch hitting substitution of Howard? A very frustrating series of events for Niese and Mets.

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Game 21: Justin Turner

Why is the Pie Man the pick for this game? Quite frankly, the entire team sucked today. Three hits and 1 walk against Kyle Kendrik is unacceptable. Turner gets the pick cause he did the best of the worst. Duda and Wright were the only other ones who got a hit, and the had four at bats. Turner got a hit in his only opportunity. Best way to put this: On a day when the entire team failed, Turner failed the least.

Game 22: David Wright

Wright was 2-4 with a run and an rbi in a ho-hum day for the offense against Jonathan Pettibone and the Phillies pen. Yes, they lost to a guy with a name that sounds like a dog food product.

Game 23: Reuben Tejada

The Mets chased Cole Hamels after six innings when they got 3 hits and six walks off him, the walks mostly due to Hamels wildness more than the Mets patient (over-patient?) philosophy. Then did nothing against the Phillies pen. Again. Zip. Nada. Bupkis. Three innings vs the Phillies Pen, just one hit. Be nice to hear that from the Mets side for once.

Oh right, Position Player of the Day. Reuben Tejada didn’t make an error behind Niese, so that was nice of him. He also scored the Mets lone run, and had 2 of their 3 hits on the day, plus a walk. So congrats Reuben; in a barrel of bad apples you’re the lone edible one. Not tasty, just edible. What a horrible weekend……

 

Pitcher of the Game Scoreboard:

Matt Harvey: 5

Jonathan Niese: 5

Scott Atchinson: 2

Dillon Gee: 2

Jeremy Hefner: 2

Greg Burke: 1

Josh Edgin: 1

Jeurys Familia: 1

Brandon Lyon: 1

Shaun Marcum: 1

Bobby Parnell: 1

Scott Rice: 1

Position Player of the Game Scoreboard:

John Buck: 7

David Wright: 4

Marlon Byrd: 2

Colin Cowgill: 2

Daniel Murphy: 2

Reuben Tejada: 2

Ike Davis: 1

Lucas Duda: 1

Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 1

Reuben Tejada: 1

Justin Turner: 1

 

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 @SeanEngel05

Posted by Robert Z

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