Monday, September 5, 2011

Game #139: Marlins 9, Mets 3

These next three games are the last the Mets will play at Florida's Stadium of a Thousand Names (currently referred to as Sun Life Stadium). In addition to its sparse crowds, hot & humid Miami air, and overall feel of a football stadium any day but Sunday, the Mets will take away at least one more bad memory from the stand-in baseball diamond: tonight.

Chris Capuano didn't last five innings and Javier Vazquez dominated the Mets' bats, delivering them to an embarrassing 9-3 loss to the Marlins.

The Bad Stuff:
  • Javier Vazquez's case as a Met nemesis came to light again tonight: the former Yankee washout gave up just one run on 6 hits in 7 innings of work, walking none and striking out 7.
  • On the other side of the hill, Chris Capuano's recent run of brilliance went up in smoke: Cappy lasted just 4+ innings and gave up 6 runs on 8 hits, his shortest outing in almost 30 starts.
  • DJ Carrasco wasn't much better in his 2 innings of work: 7 hits, 3 runs (1 earned).
  • New York managed 10 hits, but hit just 1-7 with RISP, leaving 6 men on.
The Good Stuff:
  • When a team gets 10 hits, you're gonna see some good offensive numbers, and today was no exception. Angel Pagan went 2-4 with a run and an RBI. Jason Bay hit a 2-run homer in the top of the 9th, his 11th of the year. Nick Evans went 2-4 with a double, and David Wright hit his first triple of the year and scored the team's first run.
Final Analysis:
In what seems like their umpteenth game against the Marlins in the past couple months, the Mets showed what I'll bet a lot of their fans felt throughout this game: Florida Fatigue. Seriously, you can only play a team a certain amount in a short timespan and still be excited to play them. When the Florida Marlins are involved, that timespan shortens exponentially. Seriously, I don't like playing these guys. No one cares about them, no one goes to their games, and yet somehow they have the same number of World Series titles as the Mets. How does that happen?

But hey, this was just one game. You never anticipate a sweep, only a series win. And if New York can win the next two, they'll have just that. Bring it on, Fish boys.


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