Games 76-78: Pitcher & Position Player of The Game: Nats to the Future

Washington takes the weekend series from the Mets including losses in two games started by wunderkind Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler

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Game 76: Matt Harvey

Matt Harvey had what is becoming a typical Matt Harvey game…..utter dominance. 7 innings allowing just 1 run off 3 hits (including a solo Home Run by Ian Desmond) striking out 11. What impresses me most about Harvey is not the runs or even the strikeouts, it’s the control. Zero walks by the Nationals, who are one of the better hitting teams in the league.

Unfortunately the Mets bullpen, which has been solid for much of the 7-4 road trip, were completely ineffective. In the two innings of relief and the score at 4-1, AArdsma, Edgin, Lyon, and even Parnell all struggled. Scott Rice was the only member of the pen to enter the game, get an out and not give up a hit or a run. Edgin and Lyon couldn’t even record an out before giving up a hit and a run. A completely devastating 6-4 loss that would eventually cost them the home series.

Game 77: Dillon Gee

Lost in the hype of Harvey-Wheeler is Dillon Gee, who despite giving up 6 runs in his previous outing, had an amazing June. Gee mixed speeds on his pitches, confounding the Nationals all day in the 5-1 win. Gee went six innings, allowing one run on six hits and had 4 strikeouts. If there’s one thing to nitpick, it’s that his control wasn’t perfect, as he gave 3 Nationals free passes. Gee was only at 86 pitches, but with the score only 3-1 Mets in the bottom of sixth and a runner on second base, he was removed for pinch hitter Andrew Brown. The Mets would eventually score two runs in the inning to preserve the win, as the members of the bullpen who didn’t enter the night before, Carlos Torres and LaTroy Hawkins, allowed 1 hit and 2 walks in three innings.

Gee’s June: 5 Games, 3-1, 2.73 ERA with 28 strikeouts, 7 walks and an opponents batting average of .262.

 

Game 78: David AArdsma

In a 13-2 loss to Nationals it’s hard to really pat the back of any pitcher, but AArdsma does deserve it. Wheeler was removed with two outs in the fifth, already having given up 5 runs and two more runners left at first and third. With the score 5-0 it would be difficult but certainly not impossible for Mets to come back, but 7-0 or 8-0 would be too much. AArdsma struck out Mets nemesis Jason Werth rather easily and anti-climatically, keeping Mets in the game. He would go on to throw an additional inning of scoreless relief.

After Edgin did the same, Brandon Lyon entered and proceeded to allow 6 runs in two third of an inning. It got so bad that Scott Rice had to bail him out, not so much because the game needed saving, but because Lyon had thrown 35 pitches. It’s one thing to ask a reliever to take one on the chin, it’s another to risk injury. Rice’s rescue, which came after he allowed a double allowing Lyon’s last runner to score, forced backup catcher Anthony Recker into the game……as a pitcher for the ninth. He did better than Lyon, allowing only 2 runs, but those two runs came off a monstrous home run by Ian Desmond that hit the Acela Club. It was most certainly one of the farthest hit home runs in the young Citifield’s history.

The story of the day was Wheeler, who after dominating the first inning lost control and velocity in the second, allowing 4 runs including an Adam Laroche home run. He would allow another home run to Jason Werth in the third, but otherwise uneventful 3rd and 4th. In the fifth he would get two outs but also allowed a single, a walk and threw a wild pitch in the inning before being removed.

Wheeler’s line: 4.2 innings pitched, 5 earned runs, 2 walks, 5 strikouts, 2 Home Runs allowed, and a wild pitch.

Essentially, he looked a young prospect who showed flashes of potential but still needs to work on his control. I checked with a professor to assess how Mets fans should react:

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Game 76: Josh Satin

You can give it to anyone in the Mets 1-5 of the batting order on this night.

Young Jr. and Murphy each singled and scored a run. Byrd was 1-5 with a double and a run scored. Wight was 1-5 with a double and a run scored.

Josh Satin had arguably the best night, going 3-3 with a pair of doubles and a pair of RBIs. Satin, filling in at 1B while Ike rehabilitates his swing and career and as Duda rehabilitates his body, has been hitting solidly since his call up and providing more than adequate defense at 1b. From what I’ve read Satin can play other positions in a pinch, so it will be interesting to see if the Mets may have found a utility option.

 

Game 77: Daniel Murphy

The Mets 2b had a terrible June but was 3-5 with two runs in the Mets win. No excuses, but I wonder if the move to 1B and back effected his hitting?

 

Game 78: Josh Satin

Normally, I’d give it to John Buck, who hit a two run home run in the 9th. Problem is that it was already 13-0. I really do not see much of a difference between 13-0 and 13-2, and John Buck had terrible at bats when Mets had opportunities earlier in the game.

Lost in the poor pitching performances was the ineptness of the Mets offense against Gio Gonzalez. They had an opportunity in the first with two runners on and one out, but failed to capitalize. The Mets really would not get another opportunity, as Gonzalez would only allow an additional 2 hits and 1 walk for the next six innings.

As for Satin, he was 2-4 with a run scored from Buck’s home run, and had some solid plays in the field. Really, best of a poor offensive effort more than a celebration of his own accomplishments.

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Pitcher of the Game Scoreboard:

Matt Harvey: 15

Jeremy Hefner: 11

Jonathan Niese: 9

Dillon Gee: 8

Shaun Marcum: 6

Bobby Parnell: 4

Scott Atchinson: 3

LaTroy Hawkins: 3

Brandon Lyon: 3

Greg Burke: 3

David AArdsma: 2

Josh Edgin: 2

Jeurys Familia: 2

Scott Rice: 2

Carlos Torres: 2

Rob Carson: 1

Zack Wheeler: 1

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Position Player of the Game Scoreboard:

David Wright: 14

Daniel Murphy: 10

Marlon Byrd: 9

John Buck: 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

Josh Satin: 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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