Monday, August 12, 2013

Game 118 Thread: August 12 vs. Mets, 7p

Ricky Nolasco (8-9, 3.65) vs. Jenrry Mejia (1-1, 1.96).

Mets fans are once again sad. Devoid of a winning season since 2008, the Mets are 54-61 this season and still screwed from the aftermath of the Bernie Madoff debacle. They can't handle the basics. And there hasn't been a lot to celebrate for Mets fans, as may be obvious from their struggles celebrating:

Nolasco has been one of many surprising Dodgers this year. 5-8 with the Marlins prior to his pickup, Nolasco has been 3-1 with the Dodgers, his ERA down by almost a full run. The Dodgers are 10-1 in their last 11 games and just swept the Rays, so one would think tonight's game with the Mets is a favorable matchup.

Mejia is 1-1 with a 1.96 ERA this season, but 2-7 with a 4.17 ERA over 41 games and 73.1 IP in his career. And his last outing, a 5.1 IP, 1 ER no decision, demonstrated an ominous drop in velocity:

Mejia told reporters Tuesday night that his elbow, which will require offseason surgery, did not flare up over his 5 1/3 innings against the Rockies like it had last week in Miami.

But he did admit to The Star-Ledger that the drop in his velocity was an attempt prevent the elbow discomfort.

“You have to lower the velocity so you feel better during the course of the game,” Mejia said in Spanish. “You can’t throw hard. You need to throw intelligently so the arm doesn’t start bothering you because everyone knows what I have. It’s better to throw intelligently, throw strikes and get outs.”

Despite the drop in velocity was cruising Tuesday night through five innings when pinch-hitter Charlie Blackmon led off the sixth.

With the first pitch, Blackmon tried to bunt his way on. Somehow, the ball deflected off his bat and bounced directly into the jaw of home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez.

A lengthy delay followed. Gonzalez was removed from the game and the second base umpire switched into the proper gear to replace him. All the while, Mejia didn’t throw, instead sitting on the bench.

Mejia (1-1, 1.96 ERA) was allowed to throw threw eight warmup pitches. His third pitch after the interruption landed over the center-field wall. Seventeen pitches later, he was out of the game. He ultimately was given a no-decision.

Let's keep it rolling, Dodgers!

60 comments:

Steve Sax said...

Crawford, LF
MEllis, 2B
Gonzalez, 1B
Puig, RF
Ethier, CF
AJEllis, C
Uribe, 3B
Punto, SS
Nolasco, P

Spank said...

No Dee!! Pinche Punto!

Fred's Brim said...

Gotta keep pitching
The Mets can pitch and scrap a bit too

Fred's Brim said...

they've blacked me out, but on the sofa, Vinny!

Fred's Brim said...

Dee is rubbing off on the rest of the infield

Fred's Brim said...

Ricky gets past the error and stolen base

Neeebs said...

Very un Mellis-like

Fred's Brim said...

quiet inning, Mejia throwing 92-93

Fred's Brim said...

Ricky's not sharp so far

Fred's Brim said...

yeesh

Fred's Brim said...

Ricky can't get the .217 hitter out

Fred's Brim said...

FIGURE IT OUT, RICKY!

Fred's Brim said...

4 straight hits to start the second

Fred's Brim said...

Ricky manages to get the opposing pitcher out

Hideo Nomo said...

Argh.

Fred's Brim said...

Ricky gets the devil to jump up, only 2 runs scored, somehow

Fred's Brim said...

Mejia has read the book on Puig

Fred's Brim said...

nothing doing so far vs Mejia

Fred's Brim said...

Ricky's throwing lots of strikes at least

Neeebs said...

Ricky you better lose that number because you are throwing batting practice. #notlongforthisgame

Fred's Brim said...

as I say that, he walks Ike Mendoza

Neeebs said...

who's the long man in our bullpen?

Fred's Brim said...

and he gets out of it

Fred's Brim said...

Jeff Weaver?

Spank said...

Break out the measuring tape,Neeebs.

Steve Sax said...

Ricky's fouling 'em off

Steve Sax said...

Nolasco with a two-out single!

Steve Sax said...

First hit for the dodgers tonight.

Fred's Brim said...

Ricky with our best AB of the night to break up the perfecto

Steve Sax said...

Sandlot showing at the Stadium on Sept 1!

Steve Sax said...

If Rick Monday loses the twitter poll "which upcoming bobblehead are you most excited about?", to hello kitty, I am going to crack up

#HelloKittyBobblehead

BJ Killeen said...

Checking in but gotta sleep. I hate the east coast. Don't want to wake up and say "Ricky, you got some splainin to do!" I want to say whoo hoo 8.5 game lead!

Go Blue!

Steve Sax said...

Nice defensive play there by Punto

Fred's Brim said...

great inning, Rick

Steve Sax said...

Nolasco Ks Mejia, the first inning I watch tonight at home

I should have left work earlier

Fred's Brim said...

OK, now hold them to 2

time to do some sleepin, get us a win, yall!

Steve Sax said...

Slept through that Dodgers bottom of the fifth there. Looks like I didn't miss much. 2-0 Mets still.

Steve Sax said...

Oh man, we're losing FB here

Steve Sax said...

Dodgers take the LEAD 3-2

Steve Sax said...

This not a well-populated GT tonight.

Steve Sax said...

FB goes to sleep, and there's no one in this bar but me.

And this Sierra Nevada.

Steve Sax said...

Arizona takes a lead on Baltimore in the bottom of the 7th, 5-4

Steve Sax said...

Not good there, EY hits a dribbler and Belisario almost biffs the throw, but AGon bails him out. Bases loaded, one out

Steve Sax said...

Belisario gets a gift call there on a 3-2 count. Lagares thought it was outside...and it probably was

Steve Sax said...

Vin: "and the magic continues."

Steve Sax said...

Puig tracks down a long fly ball, so mets strand three

3-2 LA

Steve Sax said...

Punto cranks a solo shot to right!

4-2 LA

Punto's second HR

Neeebs said...

Punto bomb. DEEP

Cliff Beefpile said...

Punto!

Steve Sax said...

Holy cow that ball left in a hurry.

Spank said...

giddyup!

Steve Sax said...

Hey! So that's where all the beer nuts have been going!

Where have you guys been hiding?!

Steve Sax said...

Dre modeling the knit cap

Steve Sax said...

Rick Monday barely edges out hello kitty, but loses to magic Johnson (for favorite bobblehead)

Steve Sax said...

AZ and Baltimore tied at 5

Cliff Beefpile said...

Hello Kitty will at least tell you the score.

Cliff Beefpile said...

Kenley definitely looked like he was stifling a laugh there. That was funny.

Hideo Nomo said...

Two down!

Hideo Nomo said...

Party!

Steve Sax said...

PGT up!