The Mets fell to Cincinnati tonight by a score of 6-3.
Even though Johan did not have his best stuff, he was able to pitch his way through 6 2/3, allowing only two earned runs. He pitched well considering he did not have his A-game tonight. Johan had to be perfect, as he did not get the kind of run support he would probably like, only getting three runs to work with.
Those three runs would come from an RBI single from Lucas Duda (who really appears to be getting hot), an RBI double from Ike (a grounder down the line that actually went Ike’s way for once), and a suicide squeeze from Mike Nickeas (Terry seems to be falling in love with that play).
As we have learned with this bullpen lately, no lead is safe, ever. In the top of the 8th inning, the Reds would take the lead on a single from Brandon Phillips, and a sacrifice-fly from Jay Bruce. The ball that Bruce hit looked as though it would be traveling 500 ft, so the sac-fly was welcomed. That relief however, would be short welcomed as DJ Carrasco would come in and proceed to allow a two-run home run to Todd “I’m a Met troll” Frazier (his second of the game).
Continue reading for some notes.
Lucas Duda looks to be getting hot, as he had some hard hit balls tonight. The general notion is that batting average tends to come before power does, so hopefully Lucas follows suit and the homers will follow. As Josh Lewin pointed out, if Duda can start hitting some home-runs, or at least driving runners in, David Wright will benefit from that greatly.
I usually don’t like to second-guess managers, but I had two issues with Terry’s in-game management tonight.
- Why does Terry refuse to save Parnell for high leverage spots? He used Parnell in the 7th, and pulled him for Rauch in the 8th. After he subbed out Byrdak he needed a righty to retire Frazier, and had to turn to DJ Carrasco instead. Maybe it is just me but I think Parnell should be saved for those spots.
- I love a good suicide squeeze as much as the next guy, but I don’t understand why we would play for one run when we were already up by a run at the time. If Terry was concerned about getting some runs accross, pinch-hit for Nickeas with someone who has a good chance to get BOTH runners in, especially with the performance of our bullpen lately.
Here are some points for discussion.
- Did you like the suicide squeeze call by Terry? How about using Parnell early?
- Would you rather see Carrasco try and revert to being effective, or Elvin Ramirez given the call?
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The Mets will play Cincinnati at home tomorrow with RA Dickey on the mound vs Mat Latos. The game will start at 1:10.