Gut Reaction: Mets 2, Cardinals 1 (14)

The Mets won their third straight game, this time over the St. Louis Cardinals behind strong pitching from their ace Matt Harvey.  Lucas Duda came through with an RBI single in the fourth inning to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Jeurys Familia came into the game to try to get the save in the ninth, but could not, suffering his first blown save of the season. John Mayberry Jr. came through with the walk off infield single in the bottom of the 14th inning.

  • After seven shutout innings and 97 pitches, Terry Collins had to decide whether or not to leave Harvey in the game. He left him in. The gamble paid off.
  • With the eight scoreless innings tonight, Harvey now has a streak of 16 consecutive scoreless innings and no wins to show for it. Harvey appears to seemingly be taking the cause to #KillTheWin by himself.
  • The game was the first extra inning game of the season for the club, becoming the last team in the MLB to play extra innings.
  • Kirk Nieuwenhuis is still bad. Erik Goeddel is still good.
  • Dos Torreses pitched well in the extra frames, hurling 3 1/3 shutout innings combined.

13 comments for “Gut Reaction: Mets 2, Cardinals 1 (14)

  1. May 18, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    Feel bad that we didn’t win it for Harvey but at least it was a win. 23-16 and in first place. I think we all would have signed up for that at the end of March.

    • Joe Vasile
      May 19, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      Totally agree. I’ll take 23-16 for every 39 game stretch.

  2. TexasGusCC
    May 19, 2015 at 12:19 am

    Outfielder Darrell Ceciliani has been summoned from AAA; corresponding move Tuesday. I believe we have seen the last of Kirkkk.

    During the chat, I said how a 31 year old Mayberry swinging at the first pitch that was a low and away slider had to be seen by every scout in attendance. Yes, we won as it was hit in the perfect spot but I just don’t like players that don’t recognize, especially veterans.

    • Name
      May 19, 2015 at 1:54 am

      Monell is the other possibility to be sent down, and he still has options remaining so we wouldn’t have to risk losing him.

      • Name
        May 19, 2015 at 11:23 am

        I probably care too much, but i think think that the more logical choice to be sent down is Monell for a few reasons.

        1. The Mets just signed that Cuban catcher Lednier Ricardo. He’s 27 so i’m guessing he should be ready for AAA. Not sure when he’ll be ready to play games, but his addition means that the Mets could be more confident about DFA-ing Monell to make room for Ceciliani.

        2. The AAA OF is quite thin right now. Travis Taijeron, Kyle Johnson, and Cory Vaughn are pure OFs with Brandon Allen and Alex Castellanos playing there occasionally.

        3. AA OF is also thin because of the injury to Nimmo, which leaves them with 3 OF (they probably called up some non-prospect that i don’t know).

        • Name
          May 19, 2015 at 3:38 pm

          Nope, it’s Kirk.

  3. Metsense
    May 19, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Great pitching. Nice double switch by TC. Granderson’s arm was exposed and a good defensive play would have saved 4 innings of playing and the bullpen. A good defense is important especially with the current offense. The bench is abysmal but Mayberry did get the winning “hit”. A good win and still in 1st Place.

    • James Preller
      May 19, 2015 at 8:08 am

      Nobody mentioned it, but I thought Curtis was slow reacting to the bloop single in the 9th that put runners at 1st and 3rd. There was a very good play to be made and he laid back; not a good read, IMO.

      The arm, we know.

      Did not at all like that TC pulled Goeddel “for the lefty” Torres to face the LH hitter. It was a perfect storm: A LHP with reverse splits against a LH hitter who had a .350+ average against LHP.

      It worked out, but jeez.

      I like A. Torres. He’s tough to hit. And, yes, he’s tough to watch because of the control issues. This is a guy I’d use to start clean innings, give him a little room to operate. Not a LOOGY even though he throws with his (actual) left arm. Crazy, I know.

      Yesterday I opined that Ceciliani was next to come, not because I think he’s amazing, but he can play CF. Has speed and some pop. I think we should all be wondering about how the true health of Juan Lagares. If the guy had internal bleeding, I’d still prefer him out there over Kirkkkkk. Maybe this call up will get him some rest. This feels like one of those lingering injuries — and the ABs have been brutal.

      • May 19, 2015 at 8:32 am

        Was it slow or was he playing too deep? Some teams carry the “no doubles” policy in the late innings to an extreme, especially the right fielder when a righty is batting.

        • James Preller
          May 19, 2015 at 9:32 am

          I can’t really speak to the positioning at that point, he was deep, but he did seem very slow to read the bloopy ball to my eyes. One thing I’ve always believed: You really can’t assess an outfielder unless you are at the park, watching the routes, etc. Television doesn’t give you the full picture.

          For the record, I accept Curtis as a weak-armed outfielder who covers a reasonable amount of territory. He’s not bad.

          • May 19, 2015 at 9:58 am

            When I was watching the game, my reaction to where he was when he fielded the ball was — Wow, he must have been playing deep!. It could have just as easily been — Wow, he got a poor jump on the ball.

            I’m hopeful that one day we’ll get to play director and choose which angle we see on TV for a particular play. We know they’ve got a ton of cameras at these games – we ought to be able to see the ones we like. Avoiding crowd shots would be my first choice, but an overhead view so you could see position and routes would be a good one, too.

  4. Chris F
    May 19, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Good Bye Kirk

  5. Steevy
    May 19, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    You found a flattering picture of TC.

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