Mets Series in Review: vs. Pirates | Astromets Mind

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Mets Series in Review: vs. Pirates

Dates: May 26-28
Results: Win 2 out of 3
L 5-3, W 4-2, W 5-0
Current Record: 24-28, 4th place


MVMet: Juanderful Lagares for his combined offensive and defensive effort.
LVMet: Valverde, duh-doy

Statistics: (In order of first appearance)
Mets Player
4-13, 2 R, 2B (10), 2 RBI (18), BB, 3 SO, CS
Defense: Tue, Wed
4-11, 2 R, 2 2B (14), 2 RBI (21), 2 BB, SO, GIDP
2-11, R, HR (4), 2 RBI (29), BB, SB (3), 2 E (6)
0-9, R, 3 BB, 4 SO, E (2)
3-7, 2B (4), RBI (5), BB
3-8, 3 R, 2 HR (7), 3 RBI (22), 3 BB, SO, Poor D
0-4, GIDP
0-7, BB, SO
0-5, BB, 2 SO
0-1, SO
0-4, 3 SO
2-5, 2 R, 2B (5), 3 BB, SO, E (3)
0-2, SO, E (1)
6.2 IP, 5 H, 5 BB, 4 SO, 122 pitches, 67 strikes
(2-2, R)
2 IP, H, SO
Scott Rice (H, 5)
 0.2 IP, H, R, HR
(BS, 2), (L, 1-1)
0.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, BB
0.2 IP 2 H, BB, SO
5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 2 SO, 104 pitches, 63 strikes
(0-2, 2 SO)
Vic Black (W, 1-0)
1.1 IP, H, 2 BB, 2 SO
Jenrry Mejia (S, 4)
2 IP, H, 2 BB, SO
 (W, 4-5)
7.1 IP, 5 H, BB, 9 SO, WP (Video)
(0-3, SO)

Key Moments:
            With the bases loaded and one out in the 1st, Russell Martin hit a grounder to Wright that start a 543 double play.
            With Lagares on 3B and two outs, Granderson struck out swinging.
            Pirates led off the 2nd inning with a single and walk, but ∂eGrom recovered to get: fly out, strikeout swinging, and a groundout to SS.
            Pedro Alvarez led off the 4th with a double, but never advanced beyond 2B.
            With two outs and two on in the 5th, Murph lined a single into RF that scored ∂eGrom from 2B. On the play, Lagares advanced to 3B, and then scored when the ball got away from Alvarez. He was initially called out but the play was overturned because Martin was illegally blocking the plate. (Video)
            Abreu doubled with one out in the 6th, but was stranded at 3B – Duda grounded out to Ike Davis and Flores flied out to RF.
            Gaby Sanchez hit a homerun to open the 8th. After getting two more outs, the Mets replaced Rice with Valverde and thus began his last outing as a Met. Starling Marte doubled to LF and scored on a single off the bat of Jose Tabata, which tied the game at two. Clint Barmes would fly out to RF to end the inning.
            The Mets kept Valverde in to start the 9th for some reason and it didn’t take long for him to give up the lead. Neil Walker singled with one out and scored two batters later on a Sanchez single to LF. Thanks to a throwing error from Granderson, Andrew McCutchen would also score on the play. (Video) Torres came in to replace Valverde and gave up an RBI double to Martin. He would get Barmes to fly out to CF to finally end the inning.
            Duda hit a homerun leading off the 9th (video) but Mark Melancon shut down the next three batters.

            Granderson struck out with Murph at 3B and two outs in the 1st.
            Abreu somehow found a hole in the shift to get the Mets on the board with an RBI single in the 3rd.
            Martin popped out with runners on the corners and two outs in the top of the 4th.
            Tejada hit a one out double to the wall and scored on a Juan Lagares double off the wall in the bottom of the 4th.
            Marte hit a two run single with the bases loaded in the top of the 6th to tie the game. Davis struck out swinging with two outs to end the inning.
            Tejada led the 6th off with a walk, advanced to 2B on a wild pitch, advanced to 3B with a wild pitch and then scored on a Lagares single. (Video) Murph then doubled Lagares in from 1B. (Video) Wright would ground out and the Granderson struck out swinging to end the inning.
            Black got Sanchez to strike out looking with runners on the corners to end the 7th.
            With runners on the corners and one out in the top of the 8th, Mejia got pinch hitter Alvarez to hit a grounder at Tejada to start a double play.
            Tejada led off the 8th with a single, and then stole 2B, but was stranded there.
            Mejia worked around a leadoff error and a two out walk to complete the two-inning save in the 9th. (Video)

            Murph and Wright reached with one out but the Mets left them stranded – Granderson flied out and CY struck out swinging.
            Alvarez hit a ground-rule double with one out in the 2nd but was stranded there.
            Duda led off the bottom of the 2nd with a walk, moved to 2B on a wild pitch, to 3B on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch thrown with Colon batting. (Video)
            Murph hit a ‘little league triple’ with one out in the 3rd and then scored on a Wright single.
            With Wright batting and two outs in the 5th, Lagares was caught stealing 3B.
            Wright led off the 6th with a HR. (Video) Centeno would fly out with two on to end the inning.
            The Pirates had two on with one out in the 8th when the Mets brought Familia in. He got Ike Davis to hit a grounder at Murph to start a double play.
            Duda hit a two run homerun in the bottom of the 8th. (Video)
            Familia worked around a one out single in the 9th to pick up his first save of the season (2nd career).


Hudgens, Valverde Out – Vic Black the Frequent Flier
            Not really sure what the change in hitting coach will accomplish, but it sounds like there might be more to the story than we have heard.
            Valverde had been living dangerously as a Met (24 H and 10 BB in 20.2 IP) and many fans were ready for his departure weeks ago. Still, it seems odd timing to release him the day after sending Vic Black back across the country to El Paso. Black was strong enough in his debut to get the win over 1.2 IP, after bailing out Niese in the 6th. Black has good enough stuff to pitch in the majors, but his wildness will likely keep us fans on the edge of our seats many nights. I’ll be interested in how Terry uses him – I’d prefer to see Terry bringing him in to start innings until his control is more consistent.

Injury updates – Gee, T∂A, EY
            It’s again unclear when Dillon Gee will be able to return to the Mets, as he was unable to even play catch this past Sunday.
            Travis ∂’Arnaud went 1-8 with a walk and a HR for the Binghamton Mets while rehabbing this past weekend, playing in three games (two at catcher). He was activated after the game as Juan Centeno was demoted.
            EY had an MRI Tuesday but the Mets have yet to announce any results.

Not the best overall performance from the bullpen, but much of that is charged to Jose Valverde.

7.1 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, HR, 6 BB, 5 SO, 6.14 ERA

The current Mets bullpen – Torres, Mejia, Edgin, Black, Familia, Rice and Dice-K – has been collectively very strong for the Mets from the pen (not including starts): 100 IP, 30 ER, 81 H, 56 BB, 94 SO, 2.70 ERA. There has been no recent update on the condition of Gonzalez Germen (latest news was about an abscess developing), but his return would still be welcomed.

Looking Ahead:
The Mets will play five straight in Philly from May 29 until June 2
Thursday at 7:05 PM – Wheeler (1-5) @ Buchanan (1-0)
Friday at 7:05 PM – Montero (0-2) @ Burnett (3-4)
Saturday at 3:05 PM - ∂eGrom (0-2) @ Kendrick (1-5)
Sunday at 1:35 PM – Niese (3-3) @ Hamels (1-3)
Monday at 7:05 PM – Colon (4-5) @ Hernandez (2-2)
The Mets then travel to Chicago for three against the Cubs and finish their road trip with three in San Francisco.

Astromets Mind
The Mets and Las Vegas 51s have been overlapping since this past weekend, and I only have so much time, so I apologize for not providing the normal recaps. As I said originally, I do not wish to provide a report on what happened unless I've watched the games, but I will be back at it by the end of the week.

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