Ike Davis is still struggling. There is no going around it but something needs to change if he is to get things together and to be successful in the big leagues. In order for Ike to get things right, he needs to hit 2nd in the lineup. Hitting 2nd puts Ike right in front of David Wright. This will get him good pitches to hit and less breaking balls because guys don’t want to walk him to get to David. Batting in front of Thole, pitchers pitch him to get him out. If he is in front of Wright, pitchers will throw to him like they don’t want to throw to Wright with guys on base. This could help Ike get his season, and potentially his career back on track.
Today I am participating in the United Cardinals Bloggers annual Progressive game blog where each blog takes one inning and writes about it. This year they decided to include some Mets blogs, so here I am.
This inning started out rough for Dickey and the Mets as Rafael Furcal lead off the inning with a infield single that barely beat out a David Wright barehand play, and then Daniel Descalso got a base hit to the opposite field to make it first and second with nobody out. Dickey promptly got Matt Holliday to ground into a double-play and Carlos Beltran to line out to Lucas Duda in right. to end the game. That is a complete game 7-hit shutout for R.A. Dickey and a 5-0 Mets win.
Winning Pitcher: R.A. Dickey (8-1)
Losing Pitcher: Lance Lynn (8-2)
One thing that I think surprised the Cardinals is the different types of knuckleballs that Dickey features and how he can control it. Dickey throws a slow 55-60 MPH knuckle ball, two harder knuckleballs, and one knuckleball that somehow rises. This has made him a pitcher who can get any hitter out at any time and the first knuckleballer who can keep his walks down. There is nothing much else to say about this inning due to the fact that the Mets didn’t have to bat and Dickey had everything under control.
To see the Cardinals side of the 9th inning go to Balls & Strikes
To see the Mets post game report go to The Eddie Kranepool Society
To see the Cardinals post game report go to C70 At The Bat
To see the links to all the innings go to the United Cardinals Bloggers
Each and every game in Mets history had one thing in common. Whether it was to lead off the game, the 5th inning, or with 2 outs in the 9th, the opposing team always found a way to muster up a base hit off Mets pitching. 8019 games later, that is no longer true. Johan Santana has thrown the first no-hitter in Mets history.
All through spring training, and up to today experts have been saying, “He’s washed up” “He’s not healthy” “He isn’t the same pitcher he used to be” We shouldn’t be hearing those voices anymore. This man is a bulldog topping a career high with 130 and I think he would have killed Terry Collins if he had tried to take him out of the game. One thing people aren’t talking about is that this is his second consecutive shutout. Simply dominant.
Johan could not do this alone, however, he had help from his bats and Mike Baxter. Johan usually gets no run support and tonight he got 8 runs, that made it easier on him, and on Terry Collins. Second, Mike Baxter sacrificed himself, his shoulder, and potentially his season to make the catch for Johan and that is absolutely incredible.
Every Mets fan felt the same way that I did, we all thought this wouldn’t happen. But it did and I could not be more excited. This must be what it feels like to watch them win a world championship. Unbelievable. Congrats Johan! Lets go Mets!
The Mets bullpen have struggled beyond belief as of late. The reason for this is simple, its a group of pretty much nobodies. Don’t get me wrong, various members have been great such as Byrdak, Rauch, Parnell, and even Francisco at points. However, we have had Acosta, Ramirez, Schwinden, and Egbert. Schwinden and Egbert? Does anyone besides Mets fans recognize those two besides their families? Anyways, here is the solution, Acosta is already gone, and now Schwinden and Egbert also need to be gone. Their replacements, Elvin Ramirez and Jenrry Mejia.
Tim Byrdak has been overworked this year, by a lot. Ramirez was supposed to suffice for that, however he has seen lefties hit .333 against him so far this year. The solution lies in the 2010 stats of Jenrry Mejia. In 2010, Jenrry Mejia held lefties to a .203 batting average and righties to a .340. This could take the load off some lefties and act like a second lefty out of the pen. Furthermore, Elvin Ramirez is ready. He has dominated AAA so far this year and I am excited to see him in the bigs next year. These two moves could easily fix our bullpen.
Tonight, Matt Harvey proved to me that he is ready for the big leagues and it gets me excited beyond belief. His line tonight was, 6 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 4 walks, and 5 strikeouts. Over his past five or six starts he has shown growth, maturity, determination, and dominance posting an ERA under 3 and not losing a decision in any of those starts. Matt shows something that the Mets don’t have, a power arm as a starter who has the ability to strike out 10 nightly. Well Dickey is capable of those strikeout numbers, but he is in another world right now. All of the Mets starters throw in the low 90s and rely on breaking stuff. Harvey can blow a fastball by someone at 95 and get you out with a nasty slider. I give it one more good start by Harvey and/or a bad start by Hefner until he is up for the Mets.
3 Standout Performances:
- Lucas Duda went 2 for 4 with a homer and 4 RBIs
- Dillon Gee went 7 innings, let up 7 hits, 4 runs (3 earned), 2 walks, and 7 strikeouts.
- David Wright went 3 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI.
Lucas Duda hit a ball, in play, and hard in all 4 at bats tonight. He could have easily been 4 for 4 with 6 RBI. However, there were 2 great defensive plays on him to take hits and RBIs away.
In Colorado, Gee’s night is considered very good. After his early struggles, he dominated late in the game and threw a career high 116 pitches on his birthday.
Ike moved his hands up and bent his legs more and he hit some balls hard tonight. This could be a great sign.
Frank Francisco scares the crap out of me….
Grade for the Game: B+
MIke Pelfrey is gone for about 12 months as it was announced today that he will undergo Tommy John surgery. To his defense, Pelfrey was pitching so well this season as he had great velocity and movement on his sinker. However, this could end up as a good thing. Chris Schwinden is up to replace Pelfrey in the rotation and he is not the best of pitchers. This could open up a door for Matt Harvey in the big leagues as soon as he is ready. Also, Pelf needed a new start, and this could get him that on a different team. He never seemed to thrive in the big city. I think he could be a great fit for a team like the A’s or Padres.
3 Standout Performances:
- Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 3 for 5 with a triple and a walk-off RBI single.
- Jon Niese went 7 innings, let up 4 hits, 2 runs, 0 walks, and 6 strikeouts.
- Justin Turner had a 14 pitch walk to tie the game in the 9th.
I was at school, however looking a the ball-strike ratio and the other numbers, NIese looked like he was in complete control and had only a few minor hiccups throughout the game.
That at-bat by Turner was the best at-bat that I have seen in a long time. He didn’t swing at any bad pitches and made Bell beat himself.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis has been so good since he came up. He knows how to hit and doesn’t try to overuse his abilities.
Grade for the Game: A-
3 Standout Performances:
- David Wright went 1 for 3 with a two run homer that made him the Mets all time leader in RBIs.
- R.A. Dickey went 7 innings, let up 3 hits, 1 walk, and 7 strikeouts.
- Lucas Duda went 2 for 4 with an RBI single.
Congrats to David. He deserved the Mets all time RBI lead. It came after a Reyes throw prolonged the inning so it was even sweeter.
R.A. Dickey had an incredible knuckleball tonight. You can’t take his last start as a gauge for how he is due to the rain. He is the one pitcher who I don’t want to see pitching in the rain.
Duda is really starting to find his swing hitting the ball hard every at-bat. He could have had 3 hits, however he had one robbed.
The bullpen has looked great. Every single pitcher does there job each night.
Grade for the Game: A
3 Standout Performances
- Johan Santana was phenomenal going 6 2/3 innings, let up 3 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, and 11 strikeouts.
- Lucas Duda had the go ahead single literally off of Mujica in the 9th.
- Dan Murphy had 2 hits tonight.
Johan tonight looked like the pitcher of old. He looked absolutely fantastic tonight. The only problem is that we haven’t scored for him once this season. He has gotten 0 runs of support all year.
Duda killed a ball up the middle that hit off Mujica. Even though the batting average isn’t quite there, he still has patience and hits the ball hard.
It was good seeing Reyes tonight, I was curious what the crowd would do, but then I didn’t care.
Ike needs a few days in the cage to work on his swing. I think he should get a few days off and just work in the cage to find his spring. If not, he is buffalo bound.
Thole has been exactly what you want a catcher to be so far this season. He could be better defensively, however he is putting the bat on the ball, and showing patience at the plate. He is also calling a great game.
Grade for the Game: B