Game 2: Mets 6, Nationals 2
Tom Glavine's pitching line:
IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST GS 6.0 3 1 1 1 2 0 84-50 63Tom Glavine deserved better in this one. Unfortuantely for him and his run at 300 career wins, the Mets were only able to muster a single hit off of Joe Somebody Jerome Williams. Fortunately for the Mets, the ageless Julio Franco (with a huge assist from Shawn Green and shitty first base umpire Tony Randazzo) came up big in the bottom of the ninth (thus the 35.4% WPA from a single at-bat), tying the score at two and thrusting the game into extra frames. Just watching this game posed serious problems for me, since the wife and I were at a friend's apartment in Hoboken who had neither (a) high definition nor (b) picture-in-picture. (b) wouldn't have been such a big problem had the Devils not also been playing and also been in extra frames. Good news for me: the Devils prevailed after a late-in-regulation defensive lapse and the Mets won after the Nats' bullpen imploded in the twelfth. Good night for me!
- Hitting: Julio Franco, 35.4% WPA
- Pitching: Aaron Sele, 20.9% WPA
- Hitting: Moises Alou, -48.9% WPA
- Pitching: Aaron Heilman, -15.9% WPA
Game 3: Mets 1, Nationals 0
John Maine's pitching line:
IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST GS 7.0 3 0 0 3 8 0 106-66 76In thirteen innings against starters Jerome Williams and Jason Bergmann, the once-Juggernautish Mets' offense squirted out a measely three hits over these last two games. Disappointing to be sure, but through some act of god the Mets managed to win both games anyway. For that, thanks go in no small part to their own starting pitchers, who were just about as dominant as those of the Nats. The Mets should consider themselves fortunate that they hit this offensive lull against a team like the Nationals. If they try to pull this crap against the Braves, Giants, Padres, or pretty much any other team in the league, the Mets would have been lucky to pull out even a single win, let alone two. As it stands, the Braves lost an extra-inning affair in Colorado on Sunday so the Mets find themselves atop the division where they belong.
Be sure to check out the full game recap at MetGeek.
- Hitting: Carlos Beltran, 9.7%
- Pitching: John Maine, 48.6% WPA
- Hitting: Moises Alou, -13.9% WPA
- Pitching: Aaron Heilman, -5.3% WPA