Game Recap: Mets 1, Marlins 0

Result: David Wright hit a solo homer in the first inning and Zack Wheeler did the rest, as the Mets beat the Marlins by the score of 1-0 on Thursday night in Miami.



Need to Know: David Wright gave the Mets a 1-0 lead in the first, hitting a solo homer off the home run sculpture in left-center. Zack Wheeler took it from there, using three double plays to help him enter the ninth inning having faced the minimum. Wheeler then dispatched the Marlins to complete the shutout. Wheeler’s velocity held for the entire game, and all of his secondary pitches were working as he dismantled the Marlins in the best – and longest – outing of his career.


Game Ball: Wheeler, who thoroughly dominated the Marlins while tossing a shutout. Overall, Wheeler gave up three hits, walked one, and struck out eight.


Links: Recap | Boxscore


What’s Next: The Mets continue their four-game series against the Marlins on Friday night in Miami. Daisuke Matsuzaka gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Henderson Alvarez for Miami. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET.




113 comments
stage52
stage52

Zach pitched a great game. I went back almost 7 of his starts to observe what he was doing with his delivery in each one. It seemed to me that when Zach speeds up his delivery he starts to get a little wild and starts missing his location. He has a long lanky frame and  when he speeds up he tends to over spin his body throwing off his arm angle quite a lot. He does a lot better when he keeps his delivery speed down from what I saw.


Somebody said of Wheeler that he did not show the same mannerisms  that Harvey does and that meant he was not a winner.  Anyone that had spent some time in the deep south has seen people that are really laid back and quiet.  Wheeler does not get all that excited when he does really well.  He is from the Atlanta Area and his mannerism is what it is.  To try to judge him from his mannerisms and equate that to something is a total reach.  We here on the  east coast an NYC area tend to be a lot more boisterous than people from other areas of the country..  

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Now THIS is the Zach Wheeler we all expected to see. Best-pitched game in ages. So glad Terry let him pitch the ninth. The guy was filthy.  More superlative situational hitting by Teagarden. SNY posted a graphic noting that Met catchers were batting .109 in June. That is just unacceptable. And it wasn't like they were facing an elite pitcher out there.  Plus another (minor) base-running gaffe by Murphy. Anyone else wanna see Keith dancing with the Marlins mascot at that ballpark nightclub? Plus, it's South Florida, so you gotta figure at least one Met player will go out in search of late night 'Dominican food.'

archer41
archer41

Come on, Mets.  Keep it going.  The Marlins have beaten us in games the Mets desperately needed over the years, starting with the collapse.  A four game road sweep will help steady the ship.  Contrary to what Sherman advocates, I'm not ready for another teardown.  

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

Wright might be showing some life. Great.  Sad to see him struggle so long.


Talk was made around here about Wheeler having a bad game every three starts or something.  He has been more inconsistent than that of late. But, he does seem like someone who long term can have this stuff in him on a consistent basis.


Two impressive games in a row, but unlike Colon, no double this time!

jonlga
jonlga

We'd better hurry and promote Wally Backman since so many teams have been clamoring to get him as their manager.

Or maybe I was thinking of a different Wally Backman.

yankeehater
yankeehater

The Mets stink...they arent going ANYWHERE this year OR next year. Why in the heck are we going to give up good players (mainly all pitchers) without demanding a king's ransom in return????? Colon, montero, degrom and flores for alexi ramirez?????????? if SA made that trade id personally drive to his house and punch him in the face. 3 promising youngsters who make no money at all (and colon) for a guy who is a season or two away from going down the tubes.....utter stupidity.

Doubleday
Doubleday

WE CAN DREAM:  Perhaps den Dekker was sent down because they had to open up uniform #6 ...

Doubleday
Doubleday

Nice to see the Wheeler we paid for.  Hopefully, he keeps the momentum moving forward.  Unsung props to Teagarden for calling a nice game.

tigerinblu
tigerinblu

I didn't catch the game tonight... have barely watched any games this week. It's too painful and pitiful to watch this group. But you have to say it's nice to see a pretty line for Wheeler. Looks like Wheeler can dominate Miami at the very least ; )

rodd
rodd

HEY!! WE ARE ONLY 5 GAMES AWAY FROM FIRST!!!

ctsteve
ctsteve

Finally a little something to cheer about. Nice "book ends" game--Wright homer to open things and Wheeler complete game to close it.

eric88
eric88

DGet rid of Terry. He a stubborn, thick headed old Kutt. Tejada keeps playing and playing. He is down to .218 BA. He is one more hitless game away from being at. 210, about where he was last year when Sandy sent him to AAA. I know he has 7 IBN that helps his OBP, but that's from batting 8th.

Flores is hitting .233 playing one day a week. If Flores was in there daily I can only imagine the stats he would have. It is costing us wins! Tejada is no threat at bat or on the bases. We scored no extra runs again. We can not win with him in an already inferior lineup.

Richard Davis
Richard Davis

For all the fair weather fans who have been clamoring for Wheeler to be packaged in a deal, take a good look at his performance tonight.  Exactly what his supporters say he was capable of.  Consistently doing it is the key.  Also, I'd suggest going back and look at Nolan Ryan's first four years, all with the Mets.  Many thought he was capable of doing what he wound up doing, but the Mets had no patience for it and basically gave him away.  I would implore the team not to let history repeat itself and jettison Wheeler for a quick fix only to have him wind up fulfilling his capabilities elsewhere.  If you want to trade someone, try Niese or Gee.  Perhaps even packaged together with a couple of prospects, they could net what we are in desperate need of: a serious bat.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

Despite the "double" tonight for Chris Young, I still think he needs to go. Hopefully, with Kirk up here, they will cut Young when Lagares comes back and maybe our lineup will get some added juice with him in it. Would like to see him hit 5th or 6th.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

Biggest part of the win here was the fact that it was on the road in Miami. Hopefully they can follow it up with another win tomorrow.

luckylou
luckylou

This is why patience is necessary when dealing with young talent. I hope every saw the stats comparing Wheelers first year and that of other top pitchers. Patience required with TD. No more patience for Duda,... He needs to get it going better. CY... forget it but yet TC plays him in center.... Ridiculous.

bigslick
bigslick

Wheeler was the man tonight! D Wright too!

We are a couple of hitters and a new manager away from competing.

Sorry Terry, you seem like a nice guy but you absolutely suck as a manager. It is time to go! Actually it was time to go after the 2012 season.

Since the beginning of the 2011 season, when TC became the manager, the Mets have lost 301 games and have the 8th worst record in MLB............shameful!

Sandy - do the right thing and bring in Wally!

fatherflot
fatherflot

Brandon Nimmo played his first game at Binghamton tonight.  0-2, with two walks and a run scored.

artie412
artie412

Go Zack. But this game was an indication of how pathetic our hitting is. Our hurlers have to pitch like Cy Koufax to win.

fatherflot
fatherflot

TDA currently 2-2 with a HR, a double, and  3 RBIs in Las Vegas game tonight.  Batting .452  


Sorry, make that 3-3 with a HR and TWO doubles. So Far.


Overall a very good night for Sandy Alderson.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@yankeehater Some mention somewhere doesn't make it so. Actuality: six weeks of Byrd/Buck - Vic Black + prospect. A couple months of Beltran - Wheeler.

Tormented Mets Fan
Tormented Mets Fan

And that's the "issue". Can we make a trade for a legit power hitter?

Doubleday
Doubleday

@bockers too much.  Ramirez is 32.  Colon, Montero, Tejada.  and Ramirez wears #10 so Terry has to go.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

@Richard Davis You want to continue to wait? Im willing to wait for Wheeler to develop, but trading away two young, already established solid Major League starters is not the answer. Trading established starters for established hitters just spreads the issues more throughout the roster. I think we all know our starting pitching is our strength, id prefer we keep it that way. If I had to predict though, the Mets will probably shop Colon, Niese and Gee, and even take offers on Wheeler, Syndergaard, Montero. I bet they hang on to Niese though

ken1010
ken1010

@Dana Smith CY seems to get a hit every now and again to maintain his .200 average.  He does not seem any worse than that, but he's not any better either.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

@luckylou Dude, Duda didnt even play today. To top it off, the guy has a 5 game hit streak(not much I know), but he has what 6 doubles and a HR in that span? He's raised his AVG from .230 to .246 in the last couple weeks. Go compare his starts to Garrett Jones. They are nearly identical and the Marlins have been playing well with Jones hitting 5th. Duda will not be Paul Goldshmidt, but really, that guy absolutely rakes. Not complaining with what Duda has given.

cliffy44
cliffy44

@bigslick TRADE COLLINS - while the Mets still have a chance at the pennant.  Besides, the Mets don't need a manager that bets against them.  We the fans, deserve better.  We want Wally.

likeike
likeike

@bigslick that's interesting, i forgot terry collins, pitched, hit and fielded in all those games since 2011.  Wait, who was video coordinator during that time?  HE LOST 301 AS A VIDEO COORDINATOR, SANDY FIRE HIM!!  AND FIRE SANDY TOO, SANDY!

bigslick
bigslick

I think Wally deserves some credit here. When TDA comes back up, Wally better be with him!

cliffy44
cliffy44

@Doubleday I especially like the part of your post, where you said "Terry has to go."
I only hope that he doesn't make financial bets against whatever team he's traded to; as from first hand information, COLLINS IS BETTING AGAINST THE METS.

ShawnP
ShawnP

@mustang66  Terry is an absolute moron.They need to ban his post-game comments.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

He is a cancer on this team. Just the mere lack of his presence would be an improvement. I was on the fence about the gamble. Thought he might re establish himself after his strong spring. But almost 3 months of this, I think we can see he has nothing to offer. I'd rather they play Kirk or EY everyday over him.

thecyclone
thecyclone

@Dana Smith @luckylou Well he's still a telephone pole at first. He has made some tough picks but has very little range and his footwork around the bag is poor. He sets up his stretch early and has a problem shifting his feet on balls thrown offline. And yes he can't hit lefties. First is definetly a place they can upgrade.

bigslick
bigslick

So you don't think TC is a problem? Either you are related to TC or Sandy or you are an idiot- my guess is idiot

cliffy44
cliffy44

@bigslick AAA should take Tejada and Collins and keep d'Arnaud.  We would prosper with a manager like Wally Bachman.

anymos
anymos

@bigslick Wally has nothing to do with this.  Travis killed AAA pitching when he was a prospect in Toronto too, that's why he was considered one of the best catching prospects in baseball.

Dave Kaye
Dave Kaye

My guess is you're the idiot if you think TC is to blame. Let's ignore the fact his roster is filled with guys better off in AAA. And I love now people mention Wally all the time. And these schmucks can't give a single damn reason for,why he should be manager. If he wasn't an 86 Met you,wouldn't even mention him. I don't see any other teams banging down the door to interview him.

And I I don't wanna hear any bs about his record in the minors. There's been plenty of players with HOF caliber numbers in the minors and are terrible in the majors. While Terry isn't the greatest manager by any means. He had winning seasons before NY. The manager doesn't impact the game as much as you think. The Rays under Joel Maddon were contenders now last place. Is he to blame? Torre was a loser until the Yanks. Did he suddenly learn how to manage. Put the blame where it belongs, Sandy, more so the Wilpons and the lack of legit mlb talent on the roster. There isn't much any manager can do when the roster is filled with guys like Tejeda, CY and so on.

bigslick
bigslick

Some managers know which buttons to push.............and Terry is not one of them. Terry is clueless and can't motivate for s h i t. The only button TC can push is the self destruct button!

bigslick
bigslick

Hey Mary Kaye - TC has had four years and he blows. The fact that you even put Maddon in the same sentence shows you are clueless. TB has been one of the best teams under Maddon.

Wally played for the Mets for about 8 years and was a fan favorite known for his hustle and fire and yes it is nice to have a link back to our glory days. Arizona hired him but had to let him go for PR reasons.............if he had a spouse like you, it would be easy to understand why he beat his wife. In addition, he has done an excellent job in the minors.

Obviously, the Mets roster stinks due to the Wilpons and Sandy but Collins is horrible - we all see it except for you and Sandy.

fatherflot
fatherflot

@bigslick Look, I'm tired of Terry too and I don't think he's a very good manager, but TDA's success in LV has more to do with the PCL and the spectre of Kevin Plawecki.  It looks like sending him down to get his stroke back was the right move.  But he still has to prove he can do it in the bigs.  I think he's going to be a changed man when we see him again.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

@fatherflot @bigslick I really hope so, because even if he hits .250 with an occasional homerun, he would change our lineup significantly. Recker and Teagarden are not going to work, as we can see.

fatherflot
fatherflot

@Dana Smith @fatherflot @bigslick I think getting send down was a huge wakeup call for TDA.  I love the way he's responded to the kick in the nutz the organization gave him.  Hope he comes back with fire in the belly and lightning in the hands.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

@fatherflot @Dana Smith @bigslick Well he wasnt a top prospect for no reason. I really hope he does too, imagine how a strong return from would change the dynamic of this lineup. Kick out Chris Young, a Lagares return and re-tuned d'arnaud could be the fire we need. Who knows though...time will tell.

fatherflot
fatherflot

@Dana Smith @fatherflot @bigslick Granderson hitting, Wright hitting,Lagares back and showing the stick he gave us earlier, and TDA hitting .250 plus with some power.  Those things are not unthinkable.  Agree that CY needs to be cut.  I'd also like to see Flores get a prolonged tryout, but it's a delicate situation with Tejada.  Terry's whole "new persona" is based on loyalty to veteran players and its going to be hard to dislodge Ruben without an injury or trade.