Games 68-69: Pitcher & Position Player of The Game: Series win at Turner Field?

The Mets actually win at the House of Horrors a series. Three out of Five ain’t bad.


Game 68: Carlos Torres

Prior to a Niese injury in the following game, this 5-3 loss looked like the potential end of Shaun Marcum’s tenure in the rotation. Marcum struggled with his command allowing 5 runs in 4.1, helped in part by 4 walks and a Chris Johnson 3-run home run and a run-scoring wild pitch in the 4th after the Mets tied it at 3.

The Mets bullpen gave the offense a chance to come back, specifically newly-called up Carlos Torres. Torres, a starter at AAA essentially replacing McHugh as the long man, tossed 2.1 scoreless innings allowing just 1 walk and striking out 4 (granted, the Braves are the Kings of K’s). David AArdsma and Scott Rice combined for a scoreless ninth as well in the losing effort.

Game 69: Bobby Parnell

The story of the game is Jonathan Niese exiting the game in the 4th, with the initial diagnosis being “shoulder discomfort.” Niese has been battling tendinitis ever since pitching in below-freezing temperatures in Colorado and Minnesota in April. It’s to be determined how injured or how long he will be out, but Niese was downplaying it after the game. However, when it comes to MLB players and injuries, I can’t help but think of them as Black Knights.


While David AArdsma cleaned up the baserunners left in Niese’s wake when exited, the biggest hero of the Mets 5-3 win is LaTroy Hawkins. Hawkins, insulter of trolls on #MetsTwitter, pitched two big innings of scoreless relief in the middle innings, allowing 2 hits and striking out 2. The combined pen pitched 5.2 of scoreless relief in place of Niese, allowing a combined five hits, 1 walk, and 3 Ks. AArdsma, Hawkins, Lyon, Edgin and Parnell all contributed, although Lyon was a bit shaky in the 8th and needed Edgin to get the final out. Hawkins got the Win.

Parnell had as tough a save you can get. Clinging to a one run lead he had to face home run threats Freddie Freeman (7),  pitched a 1-2-3 innings against dangerous Home Run threats Freddie Freeman, Justin Upton (15, a good bet to be on Wright’s All-Star Home Run team) and BJ Upton (8). Mixing his hard fastball with the knuckle-curve, Parnell first got Freeman to ground to Murphy, playing at the Outfield grass by 2nd base, who leapt to his left and threw out freeman on a nice stretch by Duda. Upton grounded hard to David Wright at third, who quickly composed himself and threw him out. Last was BJ Upton, who hit a soft liner directly to Quintanilla at short. I do not know what’s more surprising: that Parnell got the save and didn’t allow these threats to homer, or the fact he didn’t get any of them to strike out.

Here’s #metstwitter on whether Hawkins or Parnell should get the Pitcher of the Game:





Game 68: Kirk Nieuwenhuis

This was another game where no one really stood out. The Mets offense scored 3 runs and had six hits. Please note “had” not “3 runs off six hits.” Two of the runs came off a Kris Medlen error. When Lucas Duda scores off first base, you know it was a doozy of an error. No Met got on base more than once, including new leadoff hitter Eric Young Jr, making his Mets debut. Kirk gets the nod cause he drove in the only non-error created run of the game.

Game 69: David Wright

This is about an easy a pick as you can get: 3 for 4, 2 runs, 2 rbis, 2 Solo Home Runs. Special mention to Andrew Brown, who hit a Pinch Hit home run in his first action since return from AAA, and to Josh Satin, who pinch-hit and drove in the go-ahead run in the 7th


Pitcher of the Game Scoreboard:

Matt Harvey: 13

Jeremy Hefner: 9

Jonathan Niese: 9

Dillon Gee: 7

Shaun Marcum: 5

Bobby Parnell: 4

Scott Atchinson: 3

LaTroy Hawkins: 3

Brandon Lyon: 3

Greg Burke: 3

Jeurys Familia: 2

Scott Rice: 2

David AArdsma: 1

Rob Carson: 1

Josh Edgin: 1

Carlos Torres: 1

Zack Wheeler: 1


Position Player of the Game Scoreboard:

David Wright: 12

Daniel Murphy: 9

John Buck: 8

Marlon Byrd: 8

Ike Davis: 4

Lucas Duda: 4

Reuben Tejada: 4

Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 3

Rick Ankiel: 2

Mike Baxter: 2

Colin Cowgill: 2

Juan Lagares: 2

Omar Quintanilla: 2

Anthony Recker: 2

Justin Turner: 2

Andrew Brown: 1

Jordany Valdespin: 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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