Mets Series in Review: vs. Dodgers | Astromets Mind

Friday, May 23, 2014

Mets Series in Review: vs. Dodgers

Dates: May 20-22
Results: Lose 2 out of 3
L 9-4, L 4-3, W 5-3
Current Record: 21-25

(Great tweet by @Lets86it!)


Statistics: (Ordered by first appearance, hitters -> pitchers)
Mets Player
1-5, BB, SO, SB (16)
1-14, RBI(18), 3 SO, E (5)
6-14, R, 2B (11), 3 SO, CS
6-13, 4 R, 2 2B (7), 3B (1), HR (6), 2 RBI (21), 5 SO, OF Assist
1-7, R, 2B (7), BB, SO
1-7, R, HR (5), 2 RBI (19), BB, SB (2), SO
5-11, R, RBI (1), BB, 4 SO
1-4, SO, E (2)
1-5, R, HR (1), 2 RBI (5), SO, Outfield assist, This
4-9, R, 3B (2), RBI (16), SO
1-6, R, 2B (4), BB, 3 SO
4.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 4 SO, HR, 97 pitches, 53 strikes, 24 batters faced, 4 groundouts, 3 fly outs
(0-1, SO)
 1.1 IP, 2 H, R, BB, 3 groundouts
2 IP, 3 H, R, 3 SO, 2 groundouts
2.2 IP, H, BB, SO, 3 groundouts, 2 fly outs
0.1 IP, BB, groundout
0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, SO, fly out
0.2 IP, 2 H, R, 2 groundouts
6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 4 SO, 3 HR, 96 pitches, 55 strikes, 23 batters faced, 5 groundouts, 2 fly outs
(1-2, SO)
2 IP, SO, 2 groundouts, 2 fly outs
7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 5 SO, HR, 97 pitches, 56 strikes, 27 batters faced, 6 groundouts, 6 fly outs
(1-2, R, 2B (1), RBI (2), BB, SO)

Key Moments:
            With two outs and Carl Crawford at 3B in the 2nd, Montero pitched around A. J. Ellis to get to Josh Beckett, who lined an RBI single into RF for the first run of the game. Two batters later, with the bases loaded, Montero got Yasiel Puig to strike out swinging at a slider.
            With two outs and Granderson on 3B (leadoff double), Flores just beat out an infield single to his counterpart, allowing Granderson to tie the game up.
            With runners at 1B and 3B and one out in the 3rd, Montero got Carl Crawford swinging at a fastball, and then Juan Uribe to line out to RF to end the threat.
            Montero would only retire one of the five batters he faced in the 5th, as the Dodgers went: walk, pop out, Adrian Gonzalez homerun, Matt Kemp double, RBI single. Familia came in and allowed a stolen base, threw a wild pitch, and then gave up an RBI single before finally getting out of the inning with a double play groundout.
            The Mets managed three straight one-out singles in the bottom of the 5th, but Centeno was the lead runner (he’s not likely to score from 2B on a single), and then Beckett recovered to get Murphy swinging and Wright to ground out.
            With two outs in the 6th, Torres gave up a Puig double and two singles to allow another Dodger run to score.
            Bottom of the 6th was awesome, until they replaced Beckett, as the Mets started: Granderson homerun, CY double, Duda homerun, walk. Howell came in to face the worst part of the lineup – Centeno, Tejada, EY – and the momentum was lost.
            The Mets loaded the bases with one out in the 7th, but Duda popped out and Flores grounded out.
            After getting two outs, Dice-K hit Puig and walked Ramirez, and then Rice came in and walked Gonzalez to load the bases. Fortunately, Valverde got Scott Van Slyke to fly out to LF.
            The Dodgers would add three insurance runs in the top of the 9th to put this one out of reach.

            Gonzalez led off the 2nd with a homerun.
            Mets loaded the bases with two outs in the 3rd, but Granderson struck out swinging.
            Kemp led off the 5th with a double, but spent the rest of the inning at 2B.
            Puig and Ramirez hit back-to-back homeruns in the top of the 6th.
            Campbell hit a two-run homerun in the bottom of the 6th. (Video)
            With two outs and runners on 2B and 3B in the 7th, CY grounded out to Justin Turner to end the threat.
            Chone Figgins scored on a fielders choice at 2B on what should’ve been an inning ending double play – he led off the 8th inning with a double. (Video)
            Lagares hit a one-out triple in the 9th and scored on a Murphy fielder’s choice, but the Mets were still a run shy.

            With one out and runners on the corners in the 1st, Gonzalez hit a sac fly to LF to score the first run.
            After Granderson reached 3B on a leadoff double/Kemp error to leadoff the 2nd, Campbell drove him in with a sac fly to RF.
            Recker and Niese hit back-to-back one-out doubles in the 5th to give the Mets the lead. Niese would score on a fielding error by Turner with two outs.
            Turner hit a solo blast in the 7th.
            Lagares had an RBI single in the 7th, driving in Wilmer Flores, who had led off the inning with a single.
            Granderson had an RBI triple in the 8th, scoring Wright from 1B – he had led off the inning with a single. (Video)
            Mejia came in for the save in the 9th. (Video)

∂eGrom a hit!
            Jacob ∂eGrom is 0-2 as a pitcher after getting three total runs of support over his first two starts, but he’s 2-3 with a sac bunt as a hitter so far. Cool stuff, but the real story has been his pitching, as he’s only allowed four runs on eight hits through 13 IP. He was burned by the long ball against the Dodgers, but the three homeruns he gave up were more than he gave up in the offense friendly PCL this year (38.1 IP, 2 HR allowed). Obviously the majors are less forgiving, but it’s also just one start. In the minors, his highest HR/9 total was 0.75 over 12 IP. More significantly, he allowed eight combined homeruns over 114 IP the past year for Las Vegas (0.63 HR/9).

‘Soup-er’ Campbell to play 2B and SS?
            Don’t expect to see him starting at either position anytime soon, as it sounded like Terry would want to see how he looks in out there in a blowout first. Before 2014, Campbell had 2 chances at 2B and 0 at SS. In 2014, he had 13 starts at 2B and 2 at SS, and he was removed after seven innings in the first start at SS. It was only two games, but he had a rough time out there, and I have really low expectations if he is used there in game.

“[Playing SS is] just fielding a groundball and throwing it to first,” said Campbell.

            If it’s really that easy, how come more guys aren’t tried there? I hate to sound negative, because I would love for him to be another option for the Mets at SS, just trying to be realistic. (I would also love to be proven wrong)

Gee to rehab soon?
            Depending on how things go during a side session Friday, Dillon Gee may be ready for a rehab appearance either Sunday or Monday. He would likely pitch for St. Lucie or Binghamton to limit his travels, so I likely won’t be able to cover the appearance. His return should be a boost to the rotation, as he’s been one of the top pitchers in baseball the past year. The Mets may also look to move one of Montero or ∂eGrom to the pen, as ∂eGrom was initially slated for the pen (supposedly, though technically the Mets could have known about Gee and just been quiet about it), but he has been the more impressive starter so far. If Gee does make a rehab start Sunday/Monday, he could be ready to pitch in the Phillies series.

Travis ∂’Arnaud cleared for baseball activities
            I’ve yet to see it reported when he would be ready to play, but he is going back to the old style catchers mask and helmet, as this isn’t his first concussion with the hockey helmet. The Mets should get him in some rehab games as a test first, so it’ll still be some time before he’s back to the Mets.

Harvey in 2014?
            He would like to make 6-7 starts this season. We’re all rooting for you to get back quick Mr. Harvey; we just don’t want you to compromise the recovery in order to do so. I’m not really worried about that though, as Harvey seems like the type of guy who takes his health seriously.

            A mixed performance from the bullpen in this series, but they weren’t the biggest problem.
9.2 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 6 SO (4.66 ERA)

Looking Ahead:
May 23-25 – Diamondbacks come into town
Sunday: Bronson Arroyo @ Rafael Montero
May 26-29 – Pirates come into town
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