The Mets picked up a nice Don’t Disappoint Game win tonight thanks to the one and only Dillon Gee. He is a monster. Simple as that.
You know you are doing something right when people continually say “This guys knows how to pitch.”
Justin Turner Likes Playing Baseball
It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned Justin Turner in one of my posts. It is almost as if I have come to expect his daily dose of solid play. I know I am going to get at least one hit out of him, be reliable with the glove, and do the little things to win.
Tonight was no different. One for three, solid D, and a nice two strike sacrifice fly to bring in the Mets last run of the night.
The guys on SNY briefly brought up the conversation of who would play second base when Wright and Davis get back. Ron Darling had a good point. He said that these things usually have a way of working themselves out. Basically, we shouldn’t expect Tuner, Murphy, and Tejada to all play this well for the entire stretch of Wright and Davis’s injuries.
Regardless, another solid game from Red tonight.
And on the complete other end of the spectrum…..
Jason Bay, Our Right Fielder
The worst beginning to a Mets career ever continues with an 0 for 4 evening. To be honest, I am no longer frustrated with Jason Bay.
I actually feel bad for him in a way. It has to do tremendous damage to his psyche when he and everyone watching the game in the park and on TV know he is going to see an outside breaking ball with two strikes and he still looks utterly foolish waving it at for strike three. Over and over and over again.
Wow. That was a really long second sentence. We may have to open up the coffers here at Midwestropolitan and hire an editor.
Allow me to share how I prevent this monstrosity of a season from affecting my daily life.
You see, I have a substantial amount of experience as a little league coach. If you have ever participated in or watched a little league game you inevitably know who the kids are that are an automatic out in your lineup. You are just hoping that they draw a walk or get hit by a pitch because you and everyone else knows they won’t be getting a hit. They typically play right field on defense.
Jason Bay is the Mets version of the “Little League Right Fielder”. It has gotten to the point where I am surprised when he gets a hit and I place it in the category of offensive production I didn’t expect tonight. Much like when little Johnny miraculously places a swinging bunt in the perfect spot on the infield and scampers to first for his only hit of the season.
So now when he gets to the plate, all of the anger and frustration are no longer present. I am rooting for him to do well, but have come to expect little production.
This is a much better option than getting angry and saying mean and hateful things about him and his family all the time. It’s not like the guys isn’t trying.
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Jair Jurrjens Death Stare
In this day and age the camera picks up everything. After Jose Reyes’ huge triple in the seventh inning, SNY showed Jair Jurrjens’ reaction (the starter that had just been pulled for those of you that did not get to see the game).
He threw his hands up in the air and shot over a very scary looking death stare in the direction of his manager, Fredi Gonzalez. I swear, I thought laser beams were going to come out of his eyes or possibly daggers, maybe poisonous rattle snakes.
I have to agree with Jair on this one. Why bring in the pen there Fredi? You have arguably your best pitcher on the hill facing his first sign of trouble at only 80 or so pitches. A big reason why he was in trouble was because his shortstop booted the ball around to begin with. It’s not like the Mets were owning him all game long.
Sometimes I think managers feel they have to make moves just to remind everyone that they are still present. Almost like that annoying clinger friend we all had in high school, “Hey guys, what’s up? I’m still here. What are you guys doin’?”
Regardless, I thank you Fredi Gonzalez. Again.