Normally I would be writing about the minor leagues but, as I got the rare chance to watch the Mets take a 2-0 lead in the NLCS last night, I am going to focus on something else. Chiefly I will write about the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of last night’s win against the Cubs. Firstly, I must thank Paul M. again from the bottom of my heart for taking me. That being said, let’s talk about what we saw:
The Mets had three clear stars of the game. Curtis Granderson who got things started with his bat, kept things from getting close with his glove and extended the lead with his legs. Granderson’s moment of the game was the catch against the right field wall off of Chris Coughlan. He took a homer away from the Cubs and kept the Mets in control. That being said, he was the third star of the game. Daniel Murphy’s first at bat was game changing. It ended up proving the winning run but more importantly gave the Mets utter confidence for the rest of the game. Mr. Murphy is only the second star of the game. The number one star of last night’s game was Noah Syndergaard who was in command and dominating. While Jake Arietta pitched well, Syndergaard was truly great last night. All this was done with what seemed like the least consistent strike zone. Syndergaard looked as good as he’s ever been advertised.
Lucas Duda is bad right now. He looks lost at the plate and part of the problem is that he’s not being aggressive, but he’s also chasing bad pitches. Duda needs to swing at pitches earlier in the count as pitchers are taking advantage of the knowledge that he rarely swings until he’s got strikes on him. Right now there is probably nothing to lose in giving Michael Cuddyer starts at first against left-handed starters. If the Mets can get Duda to wake up before the end of the playoffs they are going to win it all.
The Mets were caught looking 6 times in the game. Part of the issue was the Umpire who was not doing a great job of calling a consistent strike zone but the other half falls on the shoulders of the Met hitters, Terry Collins and the Met hitting coach. When you have two strikes there are “pitches you can’t take” and the Mets failed to recognize this again and again. If the Mets continue to leave their bats on their shoulders it will not help their chances of putting the final nails in the coffin or their chances of winning the series beyond.
All things considered it was a great game and I was privileged to go.