Game 125-31: Pitcher & Position Player of The Game: Week of Pain & Change

Mets lose games, Buck, Byrd and Matt Harvey for probably all of 2014. Mama told me there’d be days like these, but couldn’t they be spread out a bit?

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Game 125: Carlos Torres

Diasuke Matsuka makes his Mets debut, and draws the tough assignment of the Detroit Tigers. He was his usual slow, slow, i’d rather watch Steve Trachsel-so slow pace, going 5.1 and allowing 5 runs. He replaced Mejia/Hefner in the 5th spot of the rotation. Torres was a bit better in long relief, allowing 1 run to Austin Jackson in two innings.

 

Game 126: Matt Harvey

In Harvey’s last start of 2013, and probably of 2014, he was off by Harvey standards but still had a strong outing. In the first matchup between All-Star starters post All-Star break in league history, Max Scherzer was just  better. Harvey gave up 2 runs off 13 hits and struck out 4 while walking none. A few days later he would be diagnosed with a partial tear of his UCL. After the swelling goes down he will have another test to determine if Tommy John surgery will be necessary, but most reports say that is the likely scenario.

 

Oh yeah, the Mets lost 3-0. I’m sure you care about that after the previous paragraph.

 

Game 127: Dillon Gee

If one were to look at the final score, 11-3 Detroit, one would think this was a terrible game to watch. As someone who was at Citifield for it, it really wasn’t. Seven of the 11 runs came in the bottom of the 8th, when Hawkins and Atchinson both just couldn’t get the pitches needed to get past the Tigers powerful lineup.

 

Dillon Gee was good, but not as good as he’s been in recent months. He gave up a mammoth two-run home run to Miguel Cabrera in the first, arguably one of the farthest-hit balls at Citified. He’d get himself in and out of trouble all day, allowing 4 runs in six innings off 10 hits and two walks. He struck out only two, a very low number for Gee. Ironically, despite giving up 10 hits all the runs came off home runs; the previously mentioned Cabrera monster, and a two-run home run by Tigers Left Fielder Andy Dirks to complete the sweep by the Detroit Tigers.

 

Game 128: Zack Wheeler

Monday August 26th will best be remembered as the day Mets announced the news of Matt Harvey’s partial tear of UCL. As the Mets lost the current ace, Wheeler did his best to remind fans why many thought he would be better than Harvey when both were still developing in the minors. Unfortunately, he was up against another ace if Philadelphia’s Cliff Lee. Wheeler had a great game, going 6.2 innings and allowing just two runs off five hits and 2 walks. He struck out seven. The Mets, perhaps being extra cautious with the Harvey news, took him out at exactly 105 pitches thrown.

It was not enough for the win, as Lee would allow just one run and the Mets lose 2-1.

 

Game 129: Jonathan Niese

A day after the Harvey injury news, and on the same day of Marlon Byrd and John Buck’s departure to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for two prospects, Niese reminded fans why he was the Opening Day starter and ended the 5 game losing streak. In arguably his finest start of his injury-plagued season, Niese threw a Complete Game shutout allowing just three hits and 1 walk while striking out 5. He completely dominated the Phillies lineup.

 

Game 130: David AArdsma

One game after a brilliant, fun to watch pitching performance Mets fans were “treated” to the polar opposite. Dice-K. He pitched the slowest, most agonizing 4.1 innings you will ever see. He only gave up two runs, but you almost wish it was more so he would’ve been pulled sooner. He had a Houdini act going for the first few innings before the Phillies finally fought through the insomnia and got some runs in the 4th and 5th. Robert Carson, called up after the Buck-Byrd trade/Harvey injury, wasnt much better.

 

As for AArdsma, he was the only pitcher who didn’t allow a run. Gave up two hits though. It was that kind of game.

 

Game 131: Carlos Torres

Torres, filling in for Harvey in the rotation, gave the Mets a much-needed outing to get the 4 game home split vs Philadelphia. He pitched 6.2 innings allowing just 1 run off 4 hits and struck out six. He walked zero batters. The Mets bats had a rare supportive outburst for the 11-3 win.

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Game 125: Wilmer Flores

Normally I’d go with someone who drove in or scored a run, but Doug Fister limited that in the 6-1 loss. Wilmer Flores had a strong game though, going 3-4 on the day.

 

Game 126: Ike Davis

The Mets managed just 3 hits off Max Scherzer and the Tigers bullpen, two of which came off the bat of Davis, including a double.

 

Game 127: Travis d’Arnaud

The Mets rookie catcher hit his first home run, a two-run shot off Tigers starter Rick Porcello in the 4th inning. That accounted for two of the 3 runs in the 11-3 loss. The Mets were swept at home by arguably the best team in AL and baseball. It went to show just how far Mets need to go.

 

Game 128: Marlon Byrd

In Byrd’s last game as a Met he scored the Mets lone run while going 2-4 on the day including a double.

 

Game 129: Jonathan Niese

That’s not a typo. I never wanted to give a pitcher a Position Player award but I cannot deny that Niese practically won the game himself. Along with his pitching he was 1-2 scoring once and driving in 3 Mets players with a big 3-run double in the sixth. The 3 RBIs are the most by a Mets pitcher since Al Leiter in 1999. Maybe it’s something about being Lefthanded?

 

Game 130: Eric Young Jr.

Young was 1-4 with a run, partially created by his heads-up base running. He went from second to third off a popup to catcher when he noticed the Phillies failed to cover third base.

 

Game 131: Anthony Recker

You can also give it to Murphy, who had 4 hits, or Young, who scored twice and had 3 RBIs, but Recker arguably did the most damage. He was 1-2 with a two run home run in the 4th, scored 3 times and walked twice in the 11-3 win.

 

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Pitcher of the Game Scoreboard:

Matt Harvey: 23

Jeremy Hefner: 17

Dillon Gee: 17

Jonathan Niese: 13

Shaun Marcum: 6

Zack Wheeler: 9

Carlos Torres: 7

Bobby Parnell: 5

Scott Rice: 5

Greg Burke: 4

David AArdsma: 4

Jenrry Mejia: 4

Scott Atchinson: 3

LaTroy Hawkins: 3

Brandon Lyon: 3

Josh Edgin: 3

Jeurys Familia: 2

Gonzalez German: 2

Rob Carson: 1

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Position Player of the Game Scoreboard:

Marlon Byrd: 20

Daniel Murphy: 18

David Wright: 16

John Buck: 10

Juan Lagares: 9

Ike Davis: 7

Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 6

Josh Satin: 6

Eric Young Jr: 5

Lucas Duda: 4

Reuben Tejada: 4

Anthony Recker: 4

Andrew Brown: 3

Omar Quintanilla: 3

Wilmer Flores: 3

Justin Turner: 3

Rick Ankiel: 2

Mike Baxter: 2

Colin Cowgill: 2

Jordany Valdespin: 2

Travis d’Arnaud: 1

Jonathan Niese: 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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