If this game were a movie it would have an 8% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It would rate lower than the 1997 Billy Crystal-Robin Williams paycheck flick Father's Day (19%). Armond White would write a contrarian positive review of this game and liken it to some obscure song by The Black Keys.
Jon Niese threw a stinker, allowing five runs on eight hits in just four innings. The big blow was a bases-clearing triple by Erick Aybar in the second inning that made it 4-0 before the latecomers could find their seats. Location was Niese's undoing -- he was up in the zone throughout his brief outing. Compare his strike zone plot from today vs. his effective start last Tuesday against the Braves. First today:
Notice all the dots (pitches) in the dangerous upper half of the zone. And last Tuesday:
That's more like it. A plot to make Dave Duncan proud. Niese had been terrific over his previous six starts though so a mulligan is his! D.J. Carrasco pitched a scoreless fifth inning in relief of Niese but after a forgettable two-inning appearance by Manny Acosta the score was 7-0.
The Metsies had a strange game offensively. They reached base 14 times but didn't score until the 9th inning when a string of singles led to 3 runs. In 5 separate innings they managed at least 2 baserunners. Justin Turner accounted for the only extra-base hit, a first inning double. The Left-On-Base God was smiling upon Tyler Chatwood. Scott Hairston appeared to be safe at first on the last out of the game but it's hard to be upset because it's a beautiful day and the Mets still lost by 4 runs.
Some other info about this game:
Carlos Beltran walked three times. Sandy Alderson, inventor of on-base percentage, nodded in approval from the GM box.
- Acosta gave up a pair of solo home runs to Jeff Mathis and Vernon Wells. Mathis and Wells' combined slugging percentage entering the game was .586 (that's terrible).
- Ralph Kiner was in the booth and reprised his famous Father's Day quote.
- Jason Bay went 0-for-4 with 2 strikeouts and I can't even look at him anymore.
A series win at home against the underwhelming Angels was an attainable step towards surpassing .500. Oh well. A day off tomorrow will allow the Mets a break to regroup and prepare for the 32-40 Oakland Athletics. The pitching matchup on Tuesday is Dillon Gee vs. Josh Outman.
Big winners: Josh Thole +5.7%, Carlos Beltran +3.1%
Big losers: Jon Niese -32.0% (as pitcher), Daniel Murphy -12.0%
Teh aw3s0mest play: Jeff Mathis strikeout +4.8%
Teh sux0rest play: Erick Aybar three-run triple -22.4%
Total pitcher WPA: -31.9%
Total batter WPA: -18.1%
GWRBI!: Erick Aybar
Nice job by MetsFan4Decades; her effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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