Astromets Mind: May 2014

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Mets Beat the Phillies 5-4 in Second Straight 14-inning Game

Oooooo hidy didy didy didy didy didy day

Ooo I can’t believe this Mets game,
Went to the 14th again.
What’s up with these Mets hitters?
Not scoring sooner on the Phils pen.

But I’m not surprised they pulled it out,
No, a win was never in doubt,
Although when they blew the save,
I had to stand up and shout.

Oooooo hidy didy didy didy didy didy day

They got another great start,
From the youngster ∂eGrom,
But he was left in a few batters too long,
And Howard hit a bomb.

The Mets were still leading though,
And ∂eGrom still in line for the win,
But of course that all would change,
When Familia came in from the pen.

Oooooo hidy didy didy didy didy didy day

The craziest thing about the day,
Of the many choices,
Ruben Tejada homered in one at-bat,
And reached base in four others.

The Mets have had their offensive woes,
Of that we can all be sure,
But Tejada seems to have found his stroke,
Since the Mets recalled Wilmer Flores.

Since the Mets recalled Wilmer Flores!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Astro's PbP, 51s Lose to El Paso 7-4

May 29, 2014


Las Vegas

El Paso

Win: Nix (2-0); Loss: Carreno (1-2); Save: Boyer (4)

The Highlights:


Michael Nix – 6 IP, 7 H, ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, HR, 99 pitches, 62 strikes, 25 batters faced, 7 groundouts
Blaine Boyer – IP, SO, 2 groundouts


Omar Quintanilla – 3-5, R, 2 2B (4), SO, E
Josh Satin – 2-5, R, HR (2), 2 RBI (9), GIDP
Andrew Brown – 2-3, R, HR (11), RBI (27), 2 BB, SO
Juan Centeno – 2-4
Jake Goebbert – 2-3, 3B (2), RBI (34), BB
Adam Moore – 2-5, R, 2B (9), RBI (16), 2 SO
Cody Decker – 3-4, R, 2B (11), BB
Alex Castellanos – 2-4, R, 2B (9), RBI

Astro’s Play By Play

1st inning
1)   SS Omar Quintanilla pulled a sharp groundball through the 2B hole. S9/G34
2)   2B Josh Satin chopped one at the 2B to start a double play. 463/G4
3)   RF Andrew Brown launched a HR over the right-center field wall. HR/89D
4)   1B Allan Dykstra flared a single into shallow CF.
5)   3B Zach Lutz hit a medium roller to the backhand of the 3B. 53/G5
Totals: R, 3 H, HR, GIDP, LOBster
1)   SS Jace Peterson hit a high chopper over the mound fielded by Satin near the bag, but Peterson was too fast and beat it out. S4/G4M
2)   2B Brooks Conrad lined a single into RF – Peterson to 3B. S9/L9S
3)   LF Travis Buck hit a sac fly out to deep right-center field – Peterson scored from 3B. SF8/F8D
4)   RF Jeff Francoeur skied out to LF. 7/F7
5)   1B Jake Goebbert hit a sharp line drive into the RF corner for an RBI triple. T9/L9L
6)   C Adam Moore struck out looking at a big hook. K/Lo
Totals: 2 R, 3 H, 3B, SF, LOBster

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)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Mets Road to 90 - Mathematically Eliminated Already?

Thanks to a 22-28 start to the season, the Mets will need to finish 68-44, which is a .607 winning percentage (or 98.4 win pace), to reach Sandy Alderson’s challenge of 90 wins.

            The 2014 season will likely be remembered for how well the Mets fared relative to GM Sandy Alderson’s 90-win challenge/prediction in spring training. Here at Astromets Mind, I have been keeping track of the Mets pace towards 90 wins while looking at individual performances over approximately 20 game intervals (Here’s the second report). Yesterday, before the Mets lost, I saw a post at MetsMerizedOnline (Is The Quest For 90 Over? The Math Says It Is.), which concluded, “I’m still that annoying optimistic Mets fan, but the #QuestFor90 is over.” His conclusion is based on the fact that “The Mets have achieved 97 wins only five other times in their history – 1969, 1986, 1988, 1999, and 2006,” and that this team is ‘hardly’ on par with those teams. First, I wasn’t alive quite yet, but has the Mets winning 98 games in 1985 – I’m a 1987 baby – which makes the total six (out of 52 completed season, or 11.5%). I understand that he’s not claiming the Mets are mathematically eliminated, we’re all still dreaming they have a chance, but the piece did make me want to dig a little deeper into the Mets history.
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