Saturday, August 24, 2013

Game #126: Tigers 6, Mets 1

Talk about being fed to the lions...or, other large jungle cats...

Daisuke Matsuzaka was rocked by the best offense in baseball in his return to the major leagues, and the Mets couldn't figure out Doug Fister and the Tigers, falling in the series opener 6-1.

The Bad Stuff:
  • One day after signing a deal to fill in for the battered Mets rotation, Daisuke Matsuzaka struck out the first man he faced. That was as good as it got, as Dice-K got crushed for five runs in five innings, including a three-run homer by Miguel Cabrera, a.k.a. the best hitter on the planet. At least you certainly can't say New York was babying their new addition.
  • The Mets had their chances against Detroit's Doug Fister, but could only manage one run off eight hits (10 total) against him in 6.1 innings. The team hit just 2-10 with RISP and stranded 10.
The Good Stuff:
  • Matsuzaka settled down after his shellacking in the first two frames to retire the final ten Tigers he faced.
  • Eric Young had three hits, a stolen base, and another diving catch in left field.
  • Wilmer Flores had three hits to bring his average up to .300.
  • Marlon Byrd's RBI single in the 1st kept New York from being shut out on Jay Horwitz bobblehead night.
Final Analysis:
So...maybe not the best idea to have a 32-year-old starter who hasn't pitched in the big leagues in 10 months resume his career against a lineup consisting of Austin Jackson, Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, and Victor Martinez. Who knew?


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