Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Mets @ Braves: Game 1 Recap

Ike Davis and Jason Bay killed us. That's something nobody saw coming, but here we are. After any loss, especially one where we give up more than 5 runs, I'm not going to get too pissed at our hitters. We got the lead early, and the momentum was in our favor at home. I am going to get pissed at Tommy Hanson for essentially blowing that game. With a 1-0 lead heading to the top of the third, Tommy did 3 things I can't forgive in my starting pitcher. First, he walks the leadoff man. Second, he commits a throwing error that moves him to second. Three, he let the pitcher Gee get a bunt down to move the runner to third. So in the span of an inning, Tommy cost us that run. Nobody got a single hit that inning, but the run came in regardless. Unforgivable!

Moving on to the 6th. Tie game, two on, two outs. Tommy has a 2-2 count and a pitch to burn on Ike Davis, who is batting poorly. What does he do? Grooves a ball that Davis puts 412 feet into the seats. It wasn't close, it wasn't a good location, it wasn't what BMac called, and it buried us. I believe at that juncture I threw my hat at the TV and changed the channel to Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives to cool off for 5 minutes.

We had a chance to get things close in the 7th when Uggla and Heyward both get on base and nobody is out. Hinske, Wilson, and Fransisco can't get the ball out of the infield for the rest of the inning, and we strand both of them. No offense to Wilson, because he did get absolutely robbed by Jason Bay in the outfield when he pulled back a homer, but I don't want to see him out there in favor of Pastornicky. Hinske is also great off the bench, but as an everyday 4 AB guy, he's limited.

Everybody was too agressive at the plate on our end last night. I have no idea why that was, but let's do a quick rundown:

Prado went 0-4 on 14 pitches
Uggla went 1-4 on 11 pitches
Chip went 0-4 on 15 pitches
Bourn went 1-4 on 15 pitches
BMac went 1-4 on 13 pitches

Dillon Gee got to the 7th inning crusing because he didn't have to throw many pitches. We were freewheeling from the first inning. Everyone, that is, except Jason Heyward. I want to point out that Jason was extremely patient at the plate, and guess what? He had two hits, a walk, and saw more pitches than anybody. Hmmmm, funny how that works! Good job, Jason, you get the the MVP of the game.

So, Braves hitters, you best take note of the importance of letting the Mets pitching staff hang itself. I don't want to see a bunch of first pitch swinging grounders tonight against Santana. Coax some counts, shorten up those swings, and let's see a little old-fashioned mechanics at there. For the love of God, can we go a game without an error costing us a run???

By the way, the weather may not play nice tonight, but keep your fingers crossed that we get this one in. I don't want any weird double headers or makeups last in the season.

Go Braves!

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