Mets Series in Review: @Nationals | Astromets Mind

Monday, May 19, 2014

Mets Series in Review: @Nationals

Dates: May 16-18, 2014
Results: Lose 2 of 3
L 2-5, W 5-2, L 3-6
Current Record: 20-23


Mets Statistics:

Mets Players
1-13, RBI, 2B, BB, 3 SO, Outfield Assist (Friday-Sunday)
4-12, R, 2 BB (Friday-Sunday)
4-11, 2 R, BB, 2 SO, GIDP, E (3) (Friday-Sunday)
1-7, R, BB, SO (Friday, Sunday)
1-3, 2 BB, SO (Friday, Sunday)
2-8, 2 R, 2B, GIDP (Friday, Sunday)
1-8, R, 3 SO (Friday-Saturday)
0-8, RBI, SO, E (3) (Friday-Sunday)
0-5, R, BB (Friday-Saturday)
3-8, R, 4 RBI, HR, BB, SO (Friday-Sunday)
3-5, R, 2 RBI, 2B (Friday-Saturday)
1-3, BB, 2 SO (Saturday)
2-4, 2 RBI, E (1), PB (Sunday)
(L, 2-3) 4 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO (Friday)
(W, 3-5) 8 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 SO, HR (Saturday)
(L, 1-4) 6 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, HR (Sunday)
2 IP, H, BB, 2 SO (Friday)
IP, 2 H, SO (Friday)
IP (Friday)
(S, 1) IP, H, 2 SO (Saturday)
IP, BB (Sunday)
IP, H, R, 0 ER, BB, SO (Sunday)

Key Moments:


            A Wright throwing error in the bottom of the 1st helped open the door for a three-run inning. It allowed Anthony Rendon to reach – he would later score – and forced Niese to get a fourth out in the inning – Jayson Werth scored on a fielder’s choice groundout that could have been the third out of the inning.
            With two outs and Wilson Ramos at 1B in the bottom of the 3rd, Niese allowed a Scott Hairston RBI double followed by a Tyler Moore RBI single before finishing the inning.
            Niese struck out Ramos swinging with two outs and two on in the bottom of the 4th.
            Duda led off the top of the 5th with a single, followed by a Recker double, but Tejada grounded out to 3B (scoring Duda) and Chris Young popped out to the 3B in foul territory. EY would double in Recker, and Murph kept it going with a walk, but Wright popped out to 2B to end the rally.
            Torres struck out Werth swinging with two outs and two on in the bottom of the 6th.
            EY threw out Greg Dobbs at home to end the 7th and prevent an insurance run from scoring. (Video)
            Drew Storen got Lucas Duda to line out to CF with two outs and two on in the top of the 8th.
            Daniel Murphy hit a…I haz a sad again. (Video)


            The Mets sent everyone to the plate in the top of the 1st inning, scoring the minimum three runs – that was all Colon needed anyway. Key hits were singles by Eric Campbell and Juan Lagares.
            Lagares added a two run homerun in the top of the 3rd. (Video)
            Ian Desmond hit a two run homerun in the bottom of the 4th.
            Lagares robbed a homerun from Jayson Werth leading off the bottom of the 6th. (Video)
            Craig Stammen got Eric Campbell to groundout to 2B with two outs and two on in the top of the 7th.
            Mejia struck out Danny Espinosa to get his first Major League Save. (Video)
            Nine half-innings went 1-2-3 on the day.


            Granderson grounded into an inning ending double play in the top of the 1st.
            Centeno drove in Duda with two outs in the top of the 2nd. (Video)
            Desmond hit a solo blast to lead off the bottom of the 2nd. (Video)
            Jordan Zimmerman got Duda to groundout to 2B with two outs and two on in the top of the 3rd.
            A fielding error by Tejada allowed the inning to continue in the bottom of the 3rd and Ramos followed with a two run double.
            With one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 5th, Ramos singled in two more runs to give the Nats a 5-1 lead.
            The Mets would bounce back for two runs of their own in the top of the 6th, as the Juan’s sandwiched a Tejada pop out with RBI singles. Unfortunately, Centeno was thrown out trying to advance to 2B. (Video)
            The Nationals added an insurance run in the bottom of the 8th on a groundout by Kevin Frandsen.



            Twitter became pretty upset by the end of the week, as Juan Lagares continued to be absent from the starting lineup Friday night – only one start from 5/12-5/16. For his part, Lagares showed off most everything he offers Saturday when he was finally re-inserted into the starting lineup, hitting a couple of line drives and robbing a homerun with his excellent defense.
Said Terry after the series, “…it’s not like I sat him for seven days. I sat him for two days, for cripes sake… In my opinion, this is what the market is here. If I give Grandy a day off, he’s ‘benched.’ If I give C.Y. a day off, he’s ‘benched.’ If I give Juan a day off, he’s ‘benched.’ That’s not really the case.” (ESPN NY) If Grandy, EY or CY didn’t start four out of five games, there might be speculation that they were benched or possibly hurt or in Collins dog house, but they wouldn’t spark a #FreeGrandy twitter campaign, and there’s a reason for that – they haven’t been as good as Juan Lagares so far in 2014. Terry can point to small sample sizes that point to EY or Grandy hitting better lately, or in May specifically, but it doesn’t change the fact that Lagares has been the Mets second best hitter thus far, and that he is likely their best defensive outfielder – easily the best arm out there. Lagares should be starting in CF everyday right now, and it’s not even close.

The 51s Were Brought Here to Play!

            Wilmer Flores and Eric Campbell each have 13 PA’s since their promotion, with Wilmer getting just three starts in ten days. Don’t believe the hype that Tejada has been good since Wilmer got promoted – in 30 PA’s, he’s hitting .192/.300/.269. That may be better than his overall season results, but it’s still awful, and Wilmer is a good bet to provide much more value than Tejada. I just don’t get why Wilmer is in the majors to sit on the bench. Wouldn’t it be better for him to be getting regular reps at SS for Las Vegas? He looked good enough to be given more of a chance than he has.
As for Campbell, he may have been brought up to replace Satin, but he offers much more. Unlike Satin, Campbell is usable at 2B, 3B, LF and even RF (depending on the arm of whoever is in LF). The Mets need offense from wherever they can get it, and if the Young’s aren’t hitting in the OF, but Campbell continues to do so when he gets his chances, how do you not try him out there? Also, Murphy and Wright will need days off eventually – those two and Curtis Granderson are the only Mets to appear in 40+ games so far.


Wheeler needs to step it up in a hurry?

            "I need to hurry up and turn it around and get back on the right track," said Zack Wheeler after his performance Sunday. Wheeler saw his BB% spike with 11 combined walks over his previous two starts against Miami and the Yankees, but has otherwise improved his game in many statistical areas this season. He is striking out hitters at a slightly increased rate early on, while allowing homeruns at a slightly lower rate. His groundball rate has increased nearly 10% so far, and he’s seen a 3.5% increase in pop up rate. As a result, his FIP/xFIP/SIERA/tERA are all various degrees of improved over his 2013 debut season, but his ERA has still increased early on. His increase in ERA can statistically be attributed to an increase in BABIP (.279 in 2013, .340 thus far) and decrease in LOB% (78% in 2013, 67% thus far). Before the season began, I noted how much extra success he had while pitching with RISP during 2013. Early on, he has struggled to replicate the same success with RISP as last season, as he has allowed a .400 BABIP in such situations while striking out fewer hitters than he otherwise averages.
            Obviously I want Wheeler to perform up to the ‘ace-prospect’ label he was given when the Mets traded for him, but it’s far too early in his career for him to be labeled a bust, or anything at all. I don’t think this is the case, but I hope he doesn’t feel like he is pitching for his spot in the rotation. With Montero and ∂eGrom making strong debuts, and Dillon Gee coming back at some point, the Mets will need to make a move in the rotation, but Wheeler should not be touched. He still has top of the rotation stuff and should be given every opportunity to succeed. It will be interesting to see what moves the Mets do make when Gee is ready to return, and if Sandy has any trades up his sleeve.


Meija the closer?

            While Collins has yet to make an official announcement with regards to the closers role, it would seem likely to be "officially" Mejia’s as soon as he is ready to pitch on consecutive days and has converted a few chances successfully. It will be interesting to see if there are any moves made in the bullpen when Gee comes back, if not sooner.
As for this past weekend, the bullpen did their job and kept the Mets in the two games they lost, allowing only an unearned run over seven innings pitched.
            7 IP, 5 H, R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO

Looking Ahead:

Monday – off day

vs. Dodgers

Tuesday, 7:10 PM ET – Josh Beckett @ Rafael Montero
Wednesday, 7:10 PM ET – Hyun-Jin Ryu @ Jacob ∂eGrom
Thursday, 7:10 PM ET – Zack Greinke @ Jonathon Niese

vs. Diamondbacks


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