Games 116-118: Pitcher & Position Player of The Game: Can’t Escape From LA

Dodgers show Mets they still have ways to go before true contention as they sweep in Los Angeles.

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Game 116: Jennry Mejia

A recurring theme for this series will be a strong pitching performance but weak offense. Sounds familiar, right? Mejia had a solid, not great but solid, outing going six innings allowing 3 runs, 2 earned off six hits and 4 strikeouts. He issued no walks.

Game 117: Matt Harvey

It shows just how fallible Wins are for determining a pitcher value when you compare Dickey’s 2012 season to Matt Harvey’s 2013. Both had amazing numbers but Dickey reached the 20 win plateau and Harvey will need a lot of luck just to get to 12.

In the battle between Matt Harvey and Dodger ace rookie pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, Harvey was left KO’d by a Ryu Haduken. Ryu overpowered the Mets hitters for 7 innings allowing 1 run. Harvey went only six as Terry Collins and Dan Warthen watch his innings, allowing four earned runs off eight hits and 2 walks. He struck out only three. A rare off night, but with a better offense or a weaker pitcher that would be good enough for at least a no decision. Instead Harvey gets the L to drop to 9-4 as the Mets lose 4-2.

Game 118: Dillon Gee

Mets tried to get out of LA with a win. Gee did his part, going six innings and allowing 2 runs off 7 hits and 1 walk, with four strikeouts. Unfortunately, Interim Closer LaTroy Hawkins had a bad night. First allowing a single, then a comebacker that hit him square in the, ahem, groin. Hawkins called off the trainers and convinced Terry Collins he can continue, but allowed a game tying 2-run home run to Andre Ethier to tie the game. Pedro Feliciano would then allow a run in the ninth for an LA sweep as the Mets lose 5-4 in 12 innings.

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Game 116: John Buck

Slim pickings for best position player in this 4-2 loss. Buck gave Mejia the early lead with an RBI single in the second inning. He was 2-4 on the day.

Game 117: Juan Lagares

Lagares staked Harvey to an early lead with a solo home run in the first off Ryu as he went 1-4. He also prevented Harvey from having an even worse night with his amazing defense in center field.

Game 118: Marlon Byrd

Byrd, who has been very quiet since the All-Star Break, had a big night in the 5-4 Mets loss going 3-6 with a double and a home run, scoring once and driving in 3.


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Pitcher of the Game Scoreboard:

Matt Harvey: 21

Jeremy Hefner: 17

Dillon Gee: 15

Jonathan Niese: 10

Shaun Marcum: 6

Zack Wheeler: 6

Bobby Parnell: 5

Scott Rice: 5

Carlos Torres: 5

Greg Burke: 4

David AArdsma: 3

Scott Atchinson: 3

LaTroy Hawkins: 3

Brandon Lyon: 3

Josh Edgin: 3

Jenrry Mejia: 3

Jeurys Familia: 2

Gonzalez German: 2

Rob Carson: 1

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Position Player of the Game Scoreboard:

Marlon Byrd: 18

Daniel Murphy: 17

David Wright: 16

John Buck: 10

Juan Lagares: 8

Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 6

Ike Davis: 5

Josh Satin: 5

Lucas Duda: 4

Reuben Tejada: 4

Omar Quintanilla: 3

Anthony Recker: 3

Justin Turner: 3

Eric Young Jr.: 3

Rick Ankiel: 2

Mike Baxter: 2

Andrew Brown: 2

Colin Cowgill: 2

Wilmer Flores: 2

Jordany Valdespin: 2

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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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