Games 73-74: Pitcher & Position Player of The Game: South Side Sox Split

Mets continue the long road trip by splitting the two game interleague set vs the White Sox. Wheeler barely avoids his first loss while Marcum finally gets his first win of the season

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Game 73: Carlos Torres

Wheeler’s second start wasn’t very good, but it wasn’t terrible either. Whether it be the travel to Vegas due to MLB roster rules or just a rookie mistake, Wheeler was obviously tipping his breaking pitches, especially his slider. The white sox caught quickly and laid off, leaving just the fastball as a weapon. To compound the issue, Dan Warthen continued a strategy that Harvey also struggled with in his second MLB start: He was asked to focus on throwing his slider and breaking pitches first rather than establishing fastball first. The result was wildness and a high pitch count, but to his credit Wheeler kept the Mets in the game.

His line: 5.1 innings pitched, 4 runs, 3 walks, 1 strikeout and 1 Home Run allowed.

His line could and should have been worse if not for Carlos Torres. With Wheeler leaving two runners on and one out (why he started the sixth is a whole different story, he was already over 100 pitches), Torres came in and got ex-Mets Jeff Keppinger to line out to Valdespin at 2b and Gordon Beckham to fly out to Byrd. While the Mets would eventually lose the game 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth, those stranded runners were huge as the Mets would tie the game in the top of the ninth. Torres pitched an additional inning allowing just an odd infield hit.

Game 74: Shaun Marcum

Marcum FINALLY earns his first win of the season, avoiding Anthony Young’s record as he improves to 1-9 on the season with an 8 inning, 4 hit, 2 walk, 2 strikeout scoreless performance against the White Sox in the 3-0 win. Not to take away from his start, but he owes his entire infield, especially Quintanilla, a steak dinner as they were masterful behind him. Quite possibly the best defensive game the Mets have played all season.

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Game 73: David Wright

Despite scoring four runs no one really stood out in the game. Wright scored two runs going 1-3 with a walk. He was the only one who scored or drove in more than one run. Andrew Brown also hit a solo Home Run in the fifth. The 4th run was unearned as Daniel Murphy popped up with 2 outs, only to see Gordon Beckham collide with Addison Reed and 3B Conor Gillaspie, who was calling all the way, and the ball dropped. Wright, who was on second on the play, hustled the entire time to score on the drop. It was hilarious, finally allowing Mets fans to know how it feels when a “Luis Castillo” happens to the other team.

Unfortunately unlike the Castillo game, the Mets would not win this one. But you should still enjoy Gary Cohen cry of IT FALLS!

Game 74: Omar Quintanilla

Omar Quintanilla went 0-3. He did not walk. He did not have an RBI. He did not reach on an error. He is Position Player of the Game because without him there is no way this would have been a scoreless game. He made several amazing defensive plays, including an amazing jump-and-throw on a ground out and started a gorgeous double play in the 5th. You must watch the highlights to appreciate.

As for offensive production, the Mets scored 3 runs in the 5th but one scored on Alexei Ramirez’s error, which opened the door for two additional runs. The third run scored on what the White Sox scored as an infield single for Eric Young Jr, but I would be shocked if that is not changed to an error as well. Jon Danks pitched a lot better than the final line described.

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Pitcher of the Game Scoreboard:

Matt Harvey: 14

Jeremy Hefner: 10

Jonathan Niese: 9

Dillon Gee: 7

Shaun Marcum: 6

Bobby Parnell: 4

Scott Atchinson: 3

LaTroy Hawkins: 3

Brandon Lyon: 3

Greg Burke: 3

Josh Edgin: 2

Jeurys Familia: 2

Scott Rice: 2

Carlos Torres: 2

David AArdsma: 1

Rob Carson: 1

Zack Wheeler: 1

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Position Player of the Game Scoreboard:

David Wright: 14

Daniel Murphy: 9

John Buck: 8

Marlon Byrd: 8

Ike Davis: 4

Lucas Duda: 4

Reuben Tejada: 4

Juan Lagares: 3

Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 3

Omar Quintanilla: 3

Rick Ankiel: 2

Mike Baxter: 2

Colin Cowgill: 2

Anthony Recker: 2

Justin Turner: 2

Jordany Valdespin: 2

Andrew Brown: 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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