From sweeping the Yankees to swept by the Marlins. Just a typical week in the life of the New York Mets.
The Mets produced an impressive offensive output. Unfortunately for them, the Marlins were doubly effective against Matt Harvey and company. The result: an 11-6 loss and a sweep at the hands of baseball’s worst team.
The Good Stuff:
- On a normal day, six runs should have been enough to win. Lucas Duda got things going with his 10th home run of the season in the top of the 2nd.
- Omar Quintanilla had another big day in the leadoff slot, going 3-5 with his first home run of the year, a solo shot off Kevin Slowey in the top of the 3rd.
Ike Davis also had a big day at the plate, smashing a two-run home run that “found the shrubbery” in the top of the 4th and tied the game at 4-4. Davis also had himself an RBI single in the 5th, which came after Marlon Byrd’s own RBI single to give the Mets a 6-4 lead.
The Bad Stuff:
- …A lead, I might point out, that didn’t last very long. On a normal day, Matt Harvey would have been able to work six runs with flying colors. Unfortunately for him, he was gone after five relatively ineffective innings in which he allowed four runs, 10 hits, and two walks while striking out only five. The subpar day kicks his ERA up to a still-stellar-but-far-from-superhuman 2.17.
- But as bad as Harvey was in his five frames, he is nothing compared to what his bullpen compatriots did in their three innings of work. After getting the first out of the 6th, Scott Rice went wild, walking three consecutive Miami batters to load the bases. Marcell Ozuna took advantage of the set table by clearing it off with a two-run double. A third run came in on a Chris Coghlan groundout, then after issuing his fourth walk of the inning, Rice was removed in favor of Brandon Lyon. Of the 31 pitches Rice through to get two outs, only 10 of them were strikes.
- Lyon let another run in himself in the 7th, then it was LaTroy Hawkins’s turn to play live bait for a bunch of suddenly-formidable Fish, as Greg Dobbs took him deep for a three-run home run in the bottom of the 8th. It was an exciting occasion for the 18,434 Marlins Park goers who weren’t too busy spending their time ignoring the game in the Clevelander night club.
If the Miami Marlins don’t end up finishing with a worse record than the 1962 Mets, they’ll have the 2013 Mets to thank. The team who is 10-38 against the rest of the Major Leagues is 6-3 against the orange and blue gang. So what does that say about said gang?
Ike Davis may have saved his bacon once again by coming up clutch not one, but two times. Hitting his first home run since April 25 would have been enough for anyone, but a second run-scoring base hit? As Parks and Recreation’s Chris Traeger would say, “That is LITERALLY the best news I’ve heard all day.” Unfortunately for the Mets, it was LITERALLY the only good news of the day.
After the Subway Series sweep on Thursday night, I wrote that it was the Mets’ moment in 2013, and like with Johan Santana’s no-hitter a year ago, it would justify the entire season and mean they wouldn’t have to do anything else. I still believe that, but now I’m starting to think they will do just that. How appropriate that such a performance would come on the anniversary of such a joyous moment.
New York is off tomorrow as they travel to the nation’s capital to take on the struggling and Bryce Harper-less (thank God) Washington nationals. But to conclude this putrid stay in South Florida, if I had one thing to say to the New York Mets after this sweep at the hands of the Miami Marlins, I would choose another immortal line from Chris Traeger: