Games 62-64: Pitcher & Position Player of The Game: Kirk Stops a Chicago Sweep

A look back at best performances from the Mets 6-3 loss, 5-2 loss, and 4-3 win vs Chicago Cubs on June 14-16

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Game 62: David AArdsma

It’s not often said in 2013 that the Mets lost primarily due to a poor performance from a starting pitcher, but that’s exactly what happened in the Mets 6-3 loss to Chicago. Shaun Marcum put the Mets into an early 5-0 hole in the second inning, and the fact he only gave up an additional run before departing in the sixth is amazing. He was awful all game.

David AArdsma, the one time Mariners closer signed to a minors deal with the Mets, gave them a chance to come back with 2.1 scoreless relief including stranding one of Marcum’s runners at second base. Edgin and Burke also provided scoring relief in the losing effort.

Game 63: Latroy Hawkins

Niese struggled with his control but put kept the Mets in the game: 5.2 IP, 6 hits, 2 runs, 4 walks, 5 strikeouts. He seemed to struggle with command of his breaking pitches, and rarely threw his curve. Hawkins threw 1.1 scoreless relief in the middle innings with the score 2-1 Cubs, including stranding one of Niese’s runners at second base in the sixth. Edgin and Burke would put the game out of reach by allowing 3 runs in the 8th.

 

Game 64: Jeremy Hefner

You can give everyone who pitched today nomination but starting pitching always get precedence. Hefner was solid, going 5 innings allowing 3 runs, 1 earned on 6 hits. David Wight and Daniel Murphy committed to errors on one play resulting in two runs in the fifth. Hefner probably would have went longer but Collins elected to pinch hit Justin Turner for him with two on and two out. Turner would eventually ground out.

Carlos Torres, called up in place of the DFA’d (and eventually traded) Collin Mchugh, David AArdsma and Bobby Parnell would throw four innings of scoreless relief allowing only one hit.

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Game 62: Daniel Murphy

The second baseman, playing first with Ike demoted to the DL and Terry Collins wanting to give Valdespin a chance vs a slew of righthanded pitchers, was 2-5 with a run and 2 RBIs. David Wright also contributed an odd line 3-3 with a walk, but no runs or RBIs. It is not often you see someone get on base every time up and not be involved in scoring a run.

Game 63: David Wright

It was another quiet night for the Mets bats as they scored only two runs. Wright was the only Met to reach base twice, going 1-3 with a double, an RBI and a walk.

Game 64: Kirk Nieuwenhuis

Carlos Marmol had just given up a home run to Marlon Byrd, walked Lucas Duda, and a single to John Buck. Down three runs, Collins makes a controversial decision by having Omar Quintanilla sacrifice, leaving it to the Mets Other Captain. It was very easy to imagine a scenario where the Mets would not win.

But Captain Kirk does not believe in the no-win scenario.

Once again beating the KobayashiMETSu test, Captain Kirk crushed a home run to win the game, capping a celebration that per Bob Costas, was the end of Western Civiliation as we knew it.

But what’s Western Civilization compared to a Mets win?

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Pitcher of the Game Scoreboard:

Matt Harvey: 12

Jeremy Hefner: 9

Jonathan Niese: 9

Dillon Gee: 6

Shaun Marcum: 5

Scott Atchinson: 3

LaTroy Hawkins: 3

Brandon Lyon: 3

Bobby Parnell: 3

Greg Burke: 3

Jeurys Familia: 2

Scott Rice: 2

David AArdsma: 1

Rob Carson: 1

Josh Edgin: 1

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Position Player of the Game Scoreboard:

David Wright: 11

Daniel Murphy: 9

John Buck: 7

Marlon Byrd: 7

Ike Davis: 4

Lucas Duda: 4

Reuben Tejada: 4

Rick Ankiel: 2

Mike Baxter: 2

Colin Cowgill: 2

Juan Lagares: 2

Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 2

Omar Quintanilla: 2

Justin Turner: 2

Andrew Brown: 1

Anthony Recker: 1

Jordany Valdespin: 1

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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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