Games 82-85: Pitcher & Position Player of The Game: July 4th Weekend Recap

Mets lose the finale vs Arizona on July 4th, and take two out of 3 in Milwaukee.

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Game 82: Dillon Gee

You could give this to Carlos Torres, who had 3 scoreless innings in the Mets first 15 inning game in 5 days. Gee though pitched well enough that with a little help from the offense he’d have the win: 7 innings, 6 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, and seven strikeouts. He has been on fire for the last month. Not as much as Harvey and Hefner but still very good……

Game 83: Zack Wheeler

Coming off the marathon game the night before, Wheeler wasn’t able to provide the innings but he was able to give a solid performance, going five innings and allowing 3 runs, 1 earned, on seven hits, three walks, and three strikeouts. Wheeler still has a way to go, but one impressive thing about his outings is that he doesn’t seem to get flustered with runners on. Something to watch as he develops.

Game 84: Greg Burke

Greg Burke pitched a scoreless ninth. Well, when Marcum gives up six runs in five innings and Hawkins gives up a run in two innings in a 7-6 Mets loss chances are the Pitcher of the Day will be underwhelming. This will probably be Marcum’s last start as reports are coming in that he will be out for the season.

Game 85: Jeremy Hefner

The Mets Playboy ended the July 4th weekend on a high note by pitching the Mets to a 2-1 victory. A solo home run by Jonathan Lucroy was his only blemish as he went 7, gave up 2 hits, a run, a walk and eight strikeouts. After the game Hefner admitted making a mechanical adjustment earlier in the season that has paid off. In his last nine starts, Hefner has a 2.09 ERA.

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Game 82: Kirk Nieuwenhuis

When you play a 15 inning game and lose 5-4 chances are the stat lines are not going to look good. The Mets were 1-13 with Runners in Scoring Position, so finding a “clutch” player is norally difficult. Except here we had TWO true clutch moments: Anthony Recker’s home run in the 13th to tie the game, and Kirk Niewenhuis home run in the 14th to tie it AGAIN. Kirk gets the nod over Recker since he had two hits in four at bats, coming in on a double in middle of the game, as opposed to Recker who was 1 for 7.

Game 83: Kirk Nieuwenhuis

The Mets won 12-5, leaving Gee to mutter to himself in the clubhouse, i would presume. Captain Kirk, getting a chance to start over the next few days with a slew of righthanded pitchers on tap, was moved up to 5th in the batting order and was 4-4 with 2 walks, 3 runs and 5 rbis. The first Met to reach base six times in a nine inning game since Mike Piazza in 2000. Also of note was the return of Ike Davis from his minor league demotion, who went 3-5 with two runs and two RBIs.

Game 84: John Buck

Cannot blame this loss on the offense, who scored six runs behind Marcum. Led by the one position player who plays in front of Marcum, John Buck. Buck, mired in an offensive slump since late April and was only in the lineup per Marcum’s request, went 2-3 with a run and three RBIs, including a solo home run in the 5th.

Game 84: Josh Satin

Displaced by the return of Ike Davis, the hot hitting Satin continued his smooth hitting, accounting for both of the Mets runs. He was 3-4 with a run and an RBI.

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Pitcher of the Game Scoreboard:

Matt Harvey: 15

Jeremy Hefner: 13

Jonathan Niese: 9

Dillon Gee: 9

Shaun Marcum: 6

Bobby Parnell: 5

Greg Burke: 4

David AArdsma:3

Scott Atchinson: 3

LaTroy Hawkins: 3

Brandon Lyon: 3

Josh Edgin: 2

Jeurys Familia: 2

Scott Rice: 2

Carlos Torres: 2

Zack Wheeler: 2

Rob Carson: 1

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Position Player of the Game Scoreboard:

David Wright: 15

Daniel Murphy: 10

Marlon Byrd: 9

John Buck: 9

Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 5

Ike Davis: 4

Lucas Duda: 4

Josh Satin: 4

Reuben Tejada: 4

Juan Lagares: 3

Omar Quintanilla: 3

Anthony Recker: 3

Rick Ankiel: 2

Mike Baxter: 2

Colin Cowgill: 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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