The Mets lost another disappointing game to the Atlanta Braves yesterday, getting beaten 1-0 thanks to Chipper Jones yet again.
I’d like to give Tim Hudson credit for pitching a good game, but after watching the Mets’ offense look pathetic all week (except for Friday’s 20-hit game) I just don’t know how much he deserves.
R.A. Dickey pitched well again and ended up with a loss – he never seems to get any run support. However, he bears part of the responsibility for the team’s failure to score. Twice yesterday he came up in sacrifice situations; both times (including once with runners on first and second with none out), he failed to get the bunt down. This has become a pattern with the team – one that Terry Collins needs to address.
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Phillies clinched their fifth consecutive division title and Mariano Rivera tied Trevor Hoffman for the all-time saves record. Now maybe it’s just me, but I’m surprised at how much less attention Rivera’s push towards the saves record is getting compared to Derek Jeter‘s 3000th hit chase. I’m not enamored with the saves stat, but I think an all-time record is more significant than reaching a plateau that 27 others have achieved before.
And the Phillies’ “2011 Playoffs” cap is ugly. Whatever happened to caps that actually said “Division Champion”?
In minor league action, the Savannah Sand Gnats fell to the now-South Atlantic League champion Greensboro Grasshoppers 7-3 last night. Savannah came within a strike of winning the title on Friday before losing in extra innings. I guess it’s fortunate that the Mets have never pulled off that particular stunt – the “if only” thoughts inspired by 1988, 2006 and 2007 are bad enough.
The Quebec Capitales won their third consecutive championship in the independent Can-Am League this week, defeating the New Jersey Jackals.
Phil Hoops reports on some of the Newark Bears’ off-season transactions so far, and points out that moves made now may not have much bearing on the team’s 2012 roster.
I had previously mentioned that five Camden Riversharks pitchers combined to throw a 7-inning no-hitter against the Somerset Patriots in the independent Atlantic League on Friday. I neglected to mention that one of those pitchers was Camden native Chris Rollins, who spent most of the 2011 season as a member of the Newark Bears’ bullpen.
Other odds and ends:
- The New York Post’s Mike Puma reports that Mets catcher Josh Thole plans to alter his off-season workout routine to focus on improving his defense.
- Beckett Media’s Chris Olds shows off an odd piece baseball memorabilia from the San Francisco Giants’ recent Star Wars night promotion. Start hunting on eBay now if you want your very own mini-Brian Wilson frozen in carbonite. This strange collectible is definitely a better conversation piece than the t-shirt offered by the Mets last week. (I want a “Chipper Jones frozen in carbonite” collectible.)
- Centerfield Maz profiles former Mets broadcaster Bob Murphy.