It was a fun, wild night of baseball on Wednesday

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

In case you missed it, know that Wednesday was a wild, tight, fun baseball game to watch on SNY.

It started with the wind, which was clocked around 35 mph. It was blowing debris all over the field, which, though I’m sure it was terrible to play in, looked ridiculous on TV. The wind was so strong it actually knocked Travis d’Arnaud over behind home plate, he told reporters after the game. Cardinals starter Michael Wacha had his hat literally blown off his head.

The wind had a direct impact in the ninth inning. The Cardinals had two runners on, down two runs with one out. Daniel Descalso hit a ball off Kyle Farnsworth that drifted in to left-center field. Kirk Nieuwenhuis looked like he was being chased by a bee, while trying to track it down. The wind finally knocked the ball down, it bounced off the wall, Nieuwenhuis picked it up and threw to Ruben Tejada, who relayed the throw home.

Jon Jay already scored. Matt Carpenter rounded third. D’Arnaud got the throw from Tejada, Carpenter slid wide, d’Arnaud turned around and tagged Carpenter’s right side before he could touch home plate.


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“I still can’t believe I witnessed that,” d’Arnaud said after the game.

I appreciate perfect execution. It’s small, simple, we take it for granted, but given the conditions, it was great to see. They’re professionals. We expect them to know how and do their jobs. But, precision is precision, and I enjoy it every time.

Speaking of precision, earlier in the game, Wacha had nine strikeouts in three innings. He gave up a single, two walks and struck out everyone else. It was equal parts amazing and scary. However, in the fourth inning, for whatever reason, Wacha lost control. The Mets scored two runs to take the lead, both on bases loaded walks. He went from looking like someone on his way to a historic game to being out of the game with 93 pitches in four innings.

The game wasn’t pretty. But, it didn’t have to be. Fun is fun.


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69 comments
Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

Would not have been nearly as much fun if d'Arnaud doesn't make that tag. Mets need to get a real closer. Farnsworth didn't even make the team to start the season, and now he's their closer?

Tyler Della Badia
Tyler Della Badia

I was absolutely pumped when Farnsworth struck out the first guy, and then when D'Arnaud applied that tag.  Very suspenseful moment...Haven't been that pumped up for the Mets since they swept the Yanks last summer.

BadContract
BadContract

Three non baseball observations. Last night was extreme but there is always alot of garbage floating around Citi Field. Ron Darling seemed to be slurring his words last night, and Keith Hernadez stumbling through the line-ups was hilarious.

Steven Glansberg
Steven Glansberg

And granderson is sitting.. is this a joke? The guy is finally getting some good at bats (even if its not necessarily leading to hits) and makes a great play and is probably feeling pretty good right now and he's sitting for ABREU

Kieth Smith
Kieth Smith

Im thinking/hoping the offense will pick right on time when the pitchers start struggle a lil bit. The pitching is responsible for the record right now. It could be even better if the closer was changed earlier

JimmyBX182
JimmyBX182

Pretty humorous reading the rantings of people who never played baseball. They're the first ones to pick on the 8th place hitter and whine about how ineffective he is. The same dopes whined about Rey Ordonez until Jose Reyes replaced him. Now the whining is about Ruben Tejada. 


The 8th place hitter doesn't make or break an offense. If your concerns are the 8th place hitter, then your offense does indeed stink. Ruben made the bigs because of his defense. The last couple of games his defense has saved the team runs. 


The LAST thing the team needs to worry about is Tejada's offense. There are a dozen other issues ahead of his lack of offensive skill. There are 6 hitters in the lineup who are NOT doing their job. The focus should be on them. 


Dumb Met fans who fail to understand defensive principles of baseball should cease talking about Tejada. He's not important enough to be a significant problem on the team. Yeah, Drew is an improvement, but Drew or no Drew, there are others on this roster who need to start hitting IMMEDIATELY.

thwacker
thwacker

No mention of Grandy leaving the bases loaded...again.

snarkerttack
snarkerttack

So encouraged of late. But last night it was so painfully obvious that Tejada has very little baseball instincts. Watching coaches trying to school him on the art of the run-down play in the dugout after he blew coverage of 2nd base was really telling. This screams the need for a professional SS. That Ike money could really help here.

Mets Watch
Mets Watch

It's hard to throw "a historic no hitter" when you give up a hit to the second batter you face. Just saying.

Steven Glansberg
Steven Glansberg

Abreu is starting today.. should be an adventure.. if terry took out granderson today I will lose it

Thomas McKeever
Thomas McKeever

Dat Nelson Cruz would be nice to have right now if we are talking offense

donw
donw

Does anyone know who got dropped from the 40-man roster when Abreu was added?  As far as I can tell, Brown is still listed as being on the 40-man; also Parnell is still listed on 15-day DL - hasn't been moved to the 60-day.

Cory Nesser
Cory Nesser

I'll take about 75 more of the sloppiest, ugliest wins you can think of. LGM!

Jon Pace
Jon Pace

Is it just me (and maybe it is) but aside from a blunder here and there in a few games, have the Mets been playing pretty good defense all year long? We knew the OF would be above average defensively with Legares, the two Youngs, and Granderson. But I am surprised at how well the infield defense has been. I haven't looked at defensive statistics - quite frankly I don't understand them - so I am just trusting my eyes (which aren't great to begin with).



1345rmw
1345rmw

I'm actually surprise we are above .500 with the tough schedule we had.

Chapter 7
Chapter 7

Bobby O nailed it after the game. Great pitching, and an OF full of real OFers. Imagine Duda in those two fly outs to Grandy. Despite his struggles at the plate, those were not easy plays last night.

We need the bats to carry us for a few games. Take some stress off the pitching and defense.

Steven Glansberg
Steven Glansberg

That was the most exciting 4 hit game I've ever seen lol

mets2891
mets2891

Mets need to trade some of their pitching for hitting eventually.  Whether it's Niese, Gee, whomever, it doesn't matter.  This lineup will eventually bury the team.

metsie
metsie

That's a game we lose at any time in the last five years. Got to love the energy and execution of this team right now. Lots of fun watching these guys, been a while.

shinjoooo
shinjoooo

@BadContract  Yeah, what was up with Darling?  I had the volume on low and thought it was the late Ralph Kiner in the booth.

Starz31
Starz31

@Steven Glansberg  He should sit. And Abreu can't be any worse. He was hitting well in the minors. Might as well give him a shot. Abreu is fine as a pinch hitter anyways. And it allows the younger players to not rot on the bench and to play everyday in AAA. 

Peter Loibl
Peter Loibl

@JimmyBX182  For someone who claims to have played baseball, your posts are pure garbage and lack any real content of value worth debating. I played high school ball and didn't have the chops to compete at the D1 level, but know the sport pretty damn well. Don't you get bored of spewing this drivel? Share something of value for a change.

hawkeye
hawkeye

@JimmyBX182  Absolutely right.

Would it be nice if Tejada hit better? Sure, but his .193 is far better than Granderson's .125 right now.  And his OBP is .303, better than Murphy at the moment (of course padded by being walked to get to the pitcher).

Hopefully Lagares will come back and pick up where he left off, replacing one of the less productive OFs in the everyday lineup and getting the whole offense moving in the right direction.

Mack Ownes
Mack Ownes

@scrubs  Unusual run-down play when considering where the play began. Scrubs, you can bash Ruby (as Capt K referred to him post game), but I just watched the DP from the other night again and think there are more than "a little baseball instincts" in the guy. Funny that  even if the team were playing .600 ball in June; some would still say they would play .700 ball with a better SS.

JimmyBX182
JimmyBX182

@scrubs  Always funny reading garbage written by people who never played baseball a day in their life...lol. 

dave42
dave42

@Steven Glansberg Abreu reminds me of Rusty's second turn with the Mets - pinch hit, single / walk, get pinch run for...  He should, under no circumstances, be in the starting lineup.

nncyel
nncyel

@Thomas McKeever  But the Mets are winning games using pitching and defense and Nelson Cruz is a one-dimensional player. He's ideally suited for an AL team where he can DH, and if you look it up you'll see that he's DHing in about half their games. The Mets wanted outfielders who are solid defensively. Man oh man, enough of the Nelson Cruz talk.

dave42
dave42

@donw best I can tell it was Ike Davis - Thornton doesn't appear to be on the 40-man

Chapter 7
Chapter 7

Murphy looks like a solid 2b.

nncyel
nncyel

@mets2891  Did you notice the Cardinal's BA in their lineup last night? If you added up the averages for the position players, the Mets actually had a higher BA, despite a few .100+ averages in the lineup. Yes, I know that the Mets are one of the worst offensive teams in the NL right now. My point is that it's early in the season and .100+ averages are not unusual. In another month or two, we'll know whether some of these guys start hitting. Don't expect a lot of trades right now. Teams don't make a lot of trades this time of year - the sort of blockbuster trade you're talking about anyway. They want to see how their season is playing out and whether they should be buyers or sellers. So be patient. If the Mets are in the middle of the wild card race in July or August, that's when they'll need to think about making a trade or two.

Jon Pace
Jon Pace

@metsie  That is the other interesting thing about the 2014 11-10 Mets so far. They have been winning a few games this year that I am convinced in the last 4/5 years they would have loss. It's potentially a good sign especially for a team that really hasn't started to hit much (they HAVE to be better than what they show, that is just using logic). 

nncyel
nncyel

@Peter Loibl @JimmyBX182  And by the way Peter, you didn't make a counterpoint in your post. Do you have a counterpoint to make to Jimmy - that would be something of value. What you posted is of little value to the blog.

nncyel
nncyel

@Peter Loibl @JimmyBX182  I thought Jimmy was spot on with his assessment. And if you were listening to WFAN yesterday, you would have heard Keith Hernandez say almost exactly the same thing. My guess is Keith knows more about baseball than all three of us combined. Jimmy is a lot over the top with his David Wright obsession but as far as Tejada goes he's not far off. That said, Tejada does indeed have to hit a little better to keep his job or he will become a utility infielder.

snarkerttack
snarkerttack

@Mack Ownes @scrubs  Yes. The DP from the other night was spectacular, no question. Took my breathe away. As  did the relay throw to home last night.  But these plays are just aberrations, IMO.  Tejada's 2012 was promising but he hasn't come close since and I don't see it happening.  He looks lost out there at times. Esp at the plate. There has to be some reason why mgmt wanted to get rid of him this off-season.  I hardly think I 'bashed' the guy.  Geez....I'm just wondering if you Ruby guys were singing his praises last year or even last week?

Chapter 7
Chapter 7

Today would be a great day for Grandy and Colon to step up.

mets2891
mets2891

@mets2death @mets2891 The Mets are stocked with pitchers in the minors.  You trade to fix a weakness with a strength.  That's the philosophy behind trades.

Jon Pace
Jon Pace

@nncyel @mets2891  I think this applies to something that Matt posted yesterday. It is not just the Mets but across baseball in general that offense is down. Whether it is because of drug testing or because the best athletes that play baseball are pitchers, offense is at a premium and probably will be for the foreseeable future. Now this is not to say that the Mets offense is worse than most (it is) and that they can't go out and improve it. 


I still want Nick Franklin of Seattle. I like the offensive upside, the fact that the Mets can control him, and the fact that he can play 2B if the Mets decide to deal Murphy in the offseason. He would be a nice start. Plus I think he has the potential to be much better offensively than Stephen Drew down the line. 

greekgod
greekgod

@nncyel @mets2891  July/August will  be too late; something has to be done by mid June or the season could well  be lost.

BadContract
BadContract

I think he is right behind you performing a non baseball activity.

Peter Loibl
Peter Loibl

@nncyel  My post was in reply to Jimmy, and not a general blog post. But thanks for your dickish reply.

nncyel
nncyel

@greekgod @nncyel @mets2891  July 31 is the waiver deadline - lots of trades go down before then. And a few in August for players that can pass through waivers. Don't expect the Mets to be making a blockbuster trade in late May or early June.