Monday, August 19, 2013

Game #122: Padres 4, Mets 3

New catcher, same story on Harvey Day.

Matt Harvey's great start was once again wasted as the Padres tied it in the 8th and won it in the 9th to hand the Mets a 4-3 loss and a disappointing series split.

The Bad Stuff:
  • See post-Harvey's departure (i.e. Chris Denorfia's run-scoring single after a double against Gonzalez Germen in the 8th, Will Venable's walk-off homer off Pedro Feliciano in the 9th).
  • See also: lack of hitting (i.e. six hits in the whole game, 2-6 with RISP, five left on).
  • Travis d'Arnaud was identical on Sunday to his debut on Saturday, going 0-2 with two walks and allowing a passed ball.
The Good Stuff:
  • See Matt Harvey, usual outing (i.e. 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 86 P).
  • Things looked great at the start when Justin Turner tripled and came home on Marlon Byrd's double.
  • Wilmer Flores's sac fly in the 4th doubled Harvey's cushion.
  • Omar Quintanilla doubled with two outs in the 7th, forcing Terry Collins to pinch-hit Andrew Brown for Harvey. The moved paid off as Brown blasted a shot off the wall in center field to give the Mets a 3-2 lead.
Final Analysis:
We all act like we're shocked and disappointed at this result of a Matt Harvey start, but to be honest, did we expect anything different? I think I'm more surprised when Harvey does win than when he doesn't. Whatever plagued the New York offense during R.A. Dickey's starts in 2011 is acting in full force against Matt Harvey in 2013. What more is there to say?


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