Lost in the ugliness of yesterday’s loss to the Nationals, was a brilliant performance by right-hander Chris Young who pitched a one-hitter through seven innings.
Young, who also pitched for GM Sandy Alderson when both were with the San Diego Padres, tossed his second solid effort in a row, and has allowed just two earned runs in 12.1 innings pitched for a 1.46 ERA and even more importantly a .140 BAA.
Young has been this good before and a closer look into the numbers will show you that what we are seeing is his vintage self. Of the 24 batters he faced, 17 of them saw first pitch strikes, and of the 15 balls hit into play, 14 of them were in the air. Getting ahead in the count and then making the batters succumb to his signature pitch is what Young’s game is all about. Alderson knew that, and that’s why we are glad to have him in a Mets uniform today.
What I marvel at the most was how hard he took the loss after the game yesterday. He was more concerned about the loss than he was about his remarkable effort, the best pitching performance of the season so far for the Mets. In fact he took the blame for the loss upon himself!
“If we had won today, I would’ve been really satisfied,” Young said. “I’m a little disappointed in the run I gave up in the second inning. It started with a leadoff walk, which, to me, is unacceptable. Ultimately, they tied the game in the eighth or ninth, and so if we have that run back, we’ve got a three-run lead instead of two, so I take the blame for that.”
I’m looking forward to more performances like the first two from Young, and even better ones too as he slowly but surely regains the form that made him an all-star in 2007.
That’s the essence of the new philosophy we have in Flushing now – getting this type of quality player and not having to pay $15-$24 million dollars a season for him.
The Big Three (Alderson, DePodesta, Ricciardi) uncovered a gem in Chris Young – expect plenty more gems in the future.