Sunday, August 18, 2013

Game #121: Padres 8, Mets 2

Enter one stud of a prospect, exit another. And he took any chance of a win with him.

Travis d'Arnaud's big-league debut was marred by injury to Jenrry Mejia and a rare misstep by the Mets bullpen in an 8-2 thumping at the hands of the Padres.

The Bad Stuff:
  • Jenrry Mejia bent in the first three innings. The breaking came in the 4th, when elbow discomfort forced Mejia from the game. Jenrry has acknowledged his need for elbow surgery in the coming offseason, but with Jeremy Hefner's predicament fresh in everyone's minds, Mets fans will be holding their collective breath in hopes the bone chips are all that's bothering Mejia.
  • Tied 1-1 at the time of Mejia's departure, David Aardsma let the game get out of reach, allowing four runs and eight baserunners in his two relief innings.
  • Carlos Torres wasn't much better in his 2.1 innings after Pedro Feliciano's brief appearance, allowing three more runs to put it permanently out of reach.
  • New York hit just 2-7 with RISP and stranded nine.
The Good Stuff:
  • Travis d'Arnaud made his much-anticipated Mets debut and showed surprising plate discipline, drawing two walks in four plate appearances, including a four-pitch free pass in his first time up against San Diego starter Edinson Volquez.
  • Eric Young had a slump-busting day at the plate, going 2-4 with a walk, a double, two stolen bases, and both the team's runs.
  • Daniel Murphy and Ike Davis each had RBI singles.
  • Juan Lagares also had a couple singles in hopes of breaking his slump at the plate.
  • Wilmer Flores returned to the lineup, going 1-4 with a double.
Final Analysis:
Combine the optimism of the past couple nights with d'Arnaud's arrival to the bigs and you get the "thud" that ended up being tonight's game. It's been a long road trip, and we're all looking forward to it ending after Monday's flyover in Minnesota. The only suspense left on the West Coast is what happens to Jenrry Mejia and whether d'Arnaud gets to stay in the majors for the last week before September.


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