Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Training Game #11 - The Hapless Mets

Meet the Mets, greet the Mets, come on out and BEAT the Mets. You'll be hearing that a lot this year. I don't think the Mets will win 70 games with the team they are forced to put on the field. I'm pretty sure their A-list players were foreclosed on by the bank and sold on the auction house steps. That's ok though, because I hate the Mets, New York fans, and everything that has to do with that general region. They'll probably just do what they always do and bandwagon to the Yankees, because they are gutless frontrunners. On to the game!

Chris Johnson? Have a day. Chris went 3/3 in the game with payday shot in the 7th off some guy who was selling hot dogs out of a cart in New York last year. Justin Upton also rang the bell in the first off Jeremy Hefner, his one real blemish in 3 innings of work. Despite the 4 runs, the Braves still went a paltry 1-8 with RISP, committed an error, and grounded into two double plays. Also, add 7 more K's to the big board. What's that number up to now Johnny? It's...75! We're actually below 7 per game now on average. For those that say strikeouts don't matter, I give you the top 5 teams in spring training with the most K's in the league: Mets, Mariners, Padres, Astros, Cubs. There's not a team on that list that didn't finish in the bottom half of every division they play in. You don't want to be in their company.

Hudson was iffy again. He gave up 6 hits and 2 runs with a walk over 4 innings. I'd like to see him do better with his WHIP againsts the crappy Mets, but the damage wasn't huge, and the ball stayed in the park. I can live with that and so can you. The rest of the bullpen went 5 innings of scoreless ball with only 2 hits total. Pretty stellar back half by the crew of young guns. Weird fact of the game: Hudson I guess decided he'd seen enough of Ike Davis' ugly mug after a double in the first, so he just decided to plunk him in the 3rd. Was it intentional? Meh, probably not, but I'd like to think Huddy was sending a subtle message to the Mets early. We own you Mets. And if you we don't own you yet, we probably can later when your team goes up for auction. Then we can change the name to the New York Debts.

Go Braves!

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