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Daily Mets Recap: July 21st, 2009
by: Milo Taibi and Howard Megdal on Jul 21, 2009 10:49 AM | Filed under: Game Recaps

The Haiku

D.C. provides hope
Change comes to New York’s pitching
Hitters: “Yes we can!”

 

The Game

The Mets managed to pull out a necessary win in Washington last night, topping the Nats by a score of 6-2. This win wouldn’t stand significance within the NL East as both the Marlins and Braves won on Monday, but the Mets showed the rare ability to beat a team of lesser talent.

Pitcher J.D. Martin made his major league debut for the Nationals last night. Martin would give the Nats their best start of the season, allowing eight hits and five earned runs through four innings pitched. Martin dug himself deep into a hole early on, giving up RBI XBH’s to Daniel Murphy and Jeff Francoeur. The 2nd inning wouldn’t be any kinder to the young right hander, as RBI singles from Angel Pagan, Luis Castillo, and Daniel Murphy would give the Mets a comfortable five run lead. While Martin’s exit would give way for some surprisingly effective Washington relief pitching (former Yankees prospect Tyler Clippard pitched three innings of scoreless five strikeout baseball), the Mets’ crooked numbers in the first two innings would allow them to cruise to victory in this match-up.

Meanwhile, Livan Hernandez took the ball for the Mets and gave the team exactly what they needed: a solid effort to spare the bullpen. Livan went seven innings, merely allowing five hits and two earned runs en route to his sixth victory of the season. Also pitching in to the victory were Pedro Feliciano, Sean Green, and Francisco Rodriguez, combining for two innings of scoreless baseball. The Nationals never appeared to adjust offensively last night, as could be expected from a team batting Austin Kearns (entered last night’s game with a .652 OPS) sixth.

As much as I hated the trade (and likely always will), what Mets fans saw from Jeff Francoeur last night was a positive sign. Frenchy got some excellent swings in, and inflicted some major damage for the Mets. If the Mets want to go on any sort of run this season, Jeff Francoeur is going to have to be a major contributor. His approach to hitting needs some major adjusting, but if for the time being he can produce at a level above average from the five hole this team could receive a major shot in the arm.

On a quick side note: Livan Hernandez went 0-3 last night. This is not surprising. Livan Hernandez isn’t, and never really has been, a very good hitter. His career OPS is .545. That’s not even very good for a pitcher. I have no idea if Jerry Manuel was joking about using Livan at first or third, but this would be a disastrous idea. Livan’s a barely suitable pinch-hitter, much less position player.

Tonight Oliver Perez will take on John Lannan and the Nationals at 7:05.

 

The Boxscore

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
NY Mets 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 9 1
Washington 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 0

NY Mets AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO PO A
Pagan, CF .320 4 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 0
Castillo, L, 2B .291 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5
Murphy, Dn, 1B .242 4 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 1 12 2
Wright, D, 3B .318 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0
Francoeur, RF .258 4 1 3 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0
Reed, LF .250 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Cora, SS .245 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 4
Schneider, C .215 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
Hernandez, L, P .125 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4
  Feliciano, P, P .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
  Green, S, P .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Rodriguez, F, P .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals .266 34 6 9 2 0 1 6 0 7 27 15
BATTING
2B: Murphy, Dn (13, Martin, J), Francoeur (14, Martin, J).
HR: Francoeur (6, 9th inning
off Kensing, 0 on, 0 out).
RBI: Murphy, Dn 2 (31), Francoeur 2 (42), Pagan (5), Castillo, L (20).
S:
Castillo, L (off Martin, J).
GIDP: Reed.
Team RISP: 5-for-8.
Team LOB: 2.

FIELDING
E:
Murphy, Dn (8).
DP: 2 (Murphy, Dn-Cora-Feliciano, P, Castillo, L-Cora-Murphy, Dn).

 
Washington AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO PO A
Morgan, CF .289 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Belliard, 2B .196 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6
Johnson, N, 1B .305 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 14 0
Dunn, A, LF .265 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Guzman, C, SS .297 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
Kearns, RF .201 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Harris, W, 3B .237 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Bard, J, C .265 4 0 2 2 0 0 2 0 2 7 0
Martin, J, P .000 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
  a-Gonzalez, Al, PH .315 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Clippard, P .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  b-Hernandez, A, PH .252 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
  Kensing, P .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Totals .261 32 2 6 2 0 0 2 3 4 27 12
a-Grounded out for Martin, J in the 4th. b-Struck out for Clippard in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Bard, J 2 (12, Hernandez, L, Hernandez, L).
RBI: Bard, J 2 (19).
GIDP:
Dunn, A 2.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
DP: (Belliard-Guzman,
C-Johnson, N).

 
NY Mets ERA IP H R ER BB SO HR BF
Hernandez, L (W, 6-5) 4.93 7.0 5 2 2 2 3 0 28
Feliciano, P 2.95 0.2 1 0 0 1 0 0 3
Green, S 5.27 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Rodriguez, F 1.81 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3
Totals 4.34 9.0 6 2 2 3 4 0 35
 
Washington ERA IP H R ER BB SO HR BF
Martin, J (L, 0-1) 11.25 4.0 8 5 5 0 1 0 19
Clippard 2.13 3.0 0 0 0 0 5 0 9
Kensing 11.93 2.0 1 1 1 0 1 1 7
Totals 5.19 9.0 9 6 6 0 7 1 35
 
Team ER: off NY Mets 2, off Washington 6.
BB: off Hernandez, L 2 (Harris, W, Kearns), Feliciano, P 1 (Belliard).
SO:
by Hernandez, L 3 (Johnson, N, Bard, J, Hernandez, A), Rodriguez, F 1 (Bard, J), by Martin, J 1 (Wright, D), Clippard 5 (Wright,
D, Cora, Schneider, Hernandez, L, Pagan), Kensing 1 (Murphy, Dn).
Pitches-strikes: Hernandez, L 97-57, Feliciano,
P 9-5, Green, S 4-3, Rodriguez, F 12-6, Martin, J 74-51, Clippard 28-21, Kensing 18-14.
Umpires: HP: Hunter Wendelstedt.
1B: Doug Eddings. 2B: Dana DeMuth. 3B: Brian Knight.
Official Scorer: Todd Jacobson.
Weather: 77 degrees,
cloudy.
Wind: 4 mph, In from CF.
T: 2:16.
Att: 19,169.

The Win Probability Added Graph


The Credits

Recap by Milo Taibi
Haiku by Howard Megdal


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