Mets Rout Cubs; Daniel Murphy Finds HR Stroke

Slides often end this way, with the Mets taking out their frustration of the last four days with a 17-1 mauling of the Cubs this afternoon. Daniel Murphy, who hadn’t homered since last July, went over the ivy twice to back the solid pitching of Jon Niese.

MURPHY: Homers twice.

You can’t call this a turnaround game unless they reel off a few more, but it was a good start heading into Los Angeles. At one point, the Dodgers were running away with the NL West, but after losing eight of their last ten games, including being swept by the rival Giants, Los Angeles finds itself tied for first with San Francisco.

Chris Young goes against former Met Chris Capuano (who should have been re-signed) tonight, but with R.A. Dickey and Johan Santanta going the next two nights, the Mets will have the pitching advantage. With Clayton Kershaw starting Sunday night, LA would get that pitching advantage thereby making the series a toss up. If the Mets come home from LA with a split, who wouldn’t take that consider how this trip started?

As bad as the Mets played the first two games, they were that good today. Pitching and power; the Mets had it all together this afternoon. Will they keep it up over the weekend? It’s possible, but they showed signs of life and answered being pushed around by pushing back.

With how the Mets played the first three months of the season, it was what we’ve come to expect.




4 thoughts on “Mets Rout Cubs; Daniel Murphy Finds HR Stroke

  1. hi john, was wondering if you could provide me with your thoughts on Dillon Gee. I personally don’t like the way the guy pitches all that match, compared to Dickey, Johan, even Niese he lacks moxie and doesn’t have a distinct pitching style. Not saying that’s 100% necessary to be a successful pitcher but he just seems so mediocre and boring. – bob

    • bob: Hope you’ve been well. A long time since I heard from you. Gee has a lot to learn. He was great at first last season, but fell to Earth. He doesn’t have the moxie some of the others do. I don’t see a distinctive style, but maybe that’s because he’s not a big winner. Right now he’s a No. 4 or No. 5 starter.-JD

  2. john, also this has been bugging me, why does a balk constitute a runner getting a base? how does that even out? i think a balk should maybe be a ball not a runner moving up a base – bob

    • bob: The balk rule has always been screwy. In theory, a balk is perceived as an act to deceive the runner. But, a lot of things are hardly deceptive. There have been games lost on balks when the runner scores from third. (Remember Mets at Braves last year?). Actually, when you come down to it, a ball instead of a base might be a good rule change.-JD