MMO Game Recap: Rockies 10, Mets 3

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For the second straight game, the New York Mets were pummeled by the hot-hitting Colorado Rockies who beat them 10-3 on Friday night at Coors Field.

Zack Wheeler had a brutal evening, allowing a career worst seven runs, six earned, on seven hits and two walks with just one strikeout in four innings of work. The start was also the shortest of his career. The Rockies jumped on him for four runs in the first, two more in the second and a seventh run in his fourth and final inning. Wheeler’s ERA now stands at 5.13 for the season.

Carlos Torres would allow another three runs to score in his two innings of work, while Jeurys Familia and Kyle Farnsworth each tossed a scoreless inning.

Offensively, Curtis Granderson had a pair of hits including a two-run homer in the sixth inning that pulled the Mets within four runs at the time. Grandy had gone 75 at-bats between home runs.

Juan Lagares continues his hot hitting with a single and double tonight, for his second straight two-hit game since returning from the disabled list. 

With David Wright at the plate and the Mets starved for runs, Daniel Murphy who was at second took of for third and was a dead duck, ending his streak of successful steal attempts at 28. Bad decision there, Murph… Wright had a pair of hits in the game.

The loss dropped the Mets to 15-13 on the season, but they’ll try to regroup on Saturday when 24-year old Jenrry Mejia (3-0, 3.49 ERA) takes the mound. He will be opposed by Rockies left-hander Franklin Morales (3-1, 4.40) in an 8:10 PM matchup.

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  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Zack Pelfrey

    To think we traded Beltran away for him straight up

  • HarveyKsYou

    Very mean insult!

  • mets4lyfe

    “I honestly didn’t know where the ball was going today”

    Comments like these from Wheeler scare me.

  • HarveyKsYou

    Well the Yankees keep loosing, so there’s that.

  • HarveyKsYou

    I thought he was named wild wheels! LOL

  • Joey D.

    Hi BBLB,

    As mentioned before, I will not put Zack in the middle of the controversial move that brought him here. It was not that he was traded for Beltran as it was that he was traded for Beltan when we in the wildcard hunt and that is not his fault. I do believe Carlos would have wanted to end his career as a Met but this being business, the Mets were not going to try and re-sign him.

    I do believe the Mets over hyped him for a specific reason – to use him as a diversion from the economic issues that were dictating every single move they were making to bring the payroll down to the level it is now. And thus because that also dictated moves that could also not be made, even the one that brought d’Arnaud and Synderrgard over to us is being shortchanged and so overall what is being done is not in the best interests of the team as it is the owners.

    So with the tremendous spotlight and pressure the Mets put on Zack, it is also a case of the Mets exploiting him for other purposes as well.

  • Mike

    Yeah too bad we got a young hard throwing prospect for an aged ball player who wasn’t going to resign with us anyway because the owners were mad at him for Walter reed and going ahead on his own and having knee surgery which took him out for a yr so he could be fresh for his nxt contract. That’s all Beltran cares about….his next contract.

  • Mike

    I think he meant pitching in Coors sucks,….which obviously it does. Not only does the ball fly when hitters hit it, but it takes the spin off the ball and breaking pitches don’t break. He’s 23 it’s his first time pitching there no biggie

  • Joey D.

    Hi Mets4lyfe,

    That’s not the first time Zack has talked in terms of being confused. Last month in Atlanta when they were waiting to tee off of him their second or third turn at bat he (paraphrasing) said he didn’t know what he was doing different which was the problem – he was not doing anything different and had to change.

    What worries me is that Zack does come across as an intelligent pitcher but perhaps he hasn’t matured enough yet to grasp the final thinking part of the game.

  • Joey D.

    Hi Mike,

    I’m not too sure about that. When a pitcher talks about where the ball is going, he’s talking in terms of the direction it’s headed toward the plate once he lets go, not where it is headed once coming off the bat.

    If he was referring to the mile high climate, he would be commenting on how it affected his grip or his pitches as they were being thrown.

    One also can tell when one makes good pitches but are aided by being played in Denver. This did not seem to be the problem tonight as Zack did not seem to have anything on his stuff and Colorado was getting good swings off him.

  • TexasGusCC

    Before we throw Wheeler off the Verrazano, his last start was excellent against a hot hitting Marlins team. He has alternated good and bad starts as he is struggling to find consistency. He isn’t the Mets’ problem, the Mets’ problems are whoever stands next to the plate with a stick.

  • knicksjp07

    Adam Rubin ✔ @AdamRubinESPN
    Wilmer Flores, starting at shortstop for first time in six days, is 4-for-5 with two homers tonight for Las Vegas. #mets

  • CJM

    Hey, you can always look at it this way: If Wheeler is honest with himself in these situations, it means he knows what he needs to work on. The next step for him to figure out is the how.

  • They need to call him up right now.

  • Brian Regan

    Bring him up for tommorows game. you can send satin down and get Flores some starts at first as well. Satin and tejada do not look like major league hitters

  • PessiMets

    4th place here we come!

  • Jgreen

    Does high altitude effects pitching too? It’s just strange to see two of our pitchers lost their commend at sudden while their velocity kinda went up. Well both of em tends to do loss it sometimes so maybe it’s just coincidence. Anyway I just hope we can avoid swap in Colorado. LGM!

  • MetsMaastricht

    Actually, elevation does affect pitching as well. To make a long story short, a breaking ball moves because the stitching of a baseball creates varying levels of air pressure on different sides of the ball. When the air is thinner (i.e. at elevation) it becomes more difficult to create a large enough differential in air pressure on opposing sides of the ball to make it move. Thus, there is less movement on all pitches, which allows hitters to tee up. This, as well as the fact that balls will fly further in thinner air, is why Coors Field has been known as a launching pad for so long.

  • Arjun Vidudala

    no idea y people are b****ing bout the pitching so much, sure we lost 2 games but the offense is still anemic even though we’re at Coors Field which is a hitters park. Itd be nice if the bats woke up and took a lil pressure of the rotation and the BP every game. LGM!

  • DrDooby

    Both sides of this absurd argument are wrong.
    Neither was Beltran traded because he was selfish / injury prone / didn´t go to Walter Reed or even because of being a choke artist because he didn´t swing at an unhittable breaking pitch. That´s total BS. Beltran was a class act and one of the best players to ever play on the Mets. He has a good chance to end up in the Hall of Fame. And rightfully so.
    Nor is there anything controversial about this trade. The Mets were broke at the time, Beltran was going to leave as a free agent after the season without compensation and the Mets needed to rebuild due to a lack of finances and due to a lack of young talent on their roster and in their upper minors.
    This trade was an obvious move to make. You don´t keep a 34-year-old player you can´t afford to pay and you won´t receive compensation for when you know you´re in for a couple of difficult years.
    And it remains a fine & obvious trade regardless of whether Wheeler turns into a 2nd Matt Garza, a 2nd AJ Burnett, a 2nd Matt Cain or merely a 2nd Edwin Jackson or even a 2nd Mike Pelfrey. Of course, it´d be nicer if Wheeler becomes a true frontline SP instead of a # 4 with tantalizing stuff but inconsistent results. Since he´s under team control for this and the next 5 seasons, there´s plenty of time to find out. What´s certain is that 29 other teams would love to have this arm in their rotation right now.

  • DrDooby

    Agree. The Mets should have insisted on Gary Brown and Eric Surkamp from the Giants instead or just kept Beltran for the rest of the 2011 season to win 80 instead of 77 games and then offer him a 1-year, 6.5 million $ extension within their limited financial parameters which Beltran would sure have accepted for his love of New York. Or they could have asked for another 40 million $ bridge loan from MLB to match the contract St.Louis gave him and to also add the necessary talent to support him.

  • AAAA/metsfan

    satin and tejada AAAAvegas release quint. flores mets ss , campbell up inf/of bench, dykstra or lutz up for 25th spot….or both if abreu moves.

  • BCleveland3381

    Colorado is the worst matcup for this team. A team full of fly ball pitchers in Coors field against the best offense in the majors. No chance our weak lineup can keep up with their offense. Hopefully we win 1 out of the next 2.

  • HawkZon

    No one is a major league hitter in Vegas.

  • HawkZon

    He needs a more commanding mound presence and better body language.
    Not to mention, stop throwing so many damn pitches!
    Where is his pitching coach?

  • Matlack

    I’m trying to put myself in Murphy’s shoes, to understand his rationale for attempting to steal third with no one out, Wright up, in Coors Field, vs. a southpaw. Can’t come up with anything.

    Another head-scratcher was Tulo standing still and grabbing his crotch instead of attempting to avoid a putout in a rundown. Strange play.

    Zack gave up a few hard hit balls, but also a couple of bleeders. He had no secondaries last night. Right now, his stuff is good enough to get big league hitters out, but when he learns how to pitch, he’ll be damn good, I think.

    Granderson and Wright looked pretty good at the plate.

    Familia is made for pitching in Colorado, with that hard 2 seam fastball down in the zone. If he’s able to pitch 4 days straight, TC should try to get him in the games there.

  • Matlack

    Agreed, Gus. It was just a bad night. I loved the way he threw a little chin music when the Rox were getting too comfy in the box.

  • Andrew Herbst

    Offense has to start picking up the starters.

  • Dawn Davenport

    Let’s forget about last night. Happy Jenrry Day!

  • I think we’re done seeing the ‘at this pace’ comments and posts for a while.

  • mets4lyfe

    That’s exactly my point. This isn’t the first time Wheeler’s mentioned that he has absolutely no idea where his pitches are going to end up. I believe he stated last year that he’s always had significant battles with his command. Obviously, he’s working on his command, but sometimes it comes off as very self-defeatist.

  • Gregg_B

    Record after 28 games…

    15-13 2014
    12-16 2013
    15-13 2012
    12-16 2011
    15-13 2010

  • mets4lyfe

    That’s the hope

  • mets4lyfe

    I think the Mets are better this year than in 2012 and 2013.

  • ColoradoMetsFan

    I’m told that over a period of time, your red blood cell content adapts to account for lower concentrations of oxygen. Anecdotal, but during my 17 years there, I often felt less sharp than I did at lower elevations (no pot jokes). There’s a long history of teams coming to Denver and running out of steam late in games due to shortness of breath. The dryness can also have an impact.

  • Gregg_B

    Only time will tell… 🙂

  • louisrstennes@yahoo.com

    I think what is different this year is that the NL East is very competitive and the teams are probably going to be tightly packed (baring a major injury or two to key players) the entire season. The point, every game has added significance because when the season is over , only 5 games or so could separate first from last. The Mets can’t afford to lose to many series in or out of their division. The Braves have just lost four yet we could not take advantage because we have been blown out by the Rockies.

  • mad met

    25 straight games without a multi hit game from our cleanup hitter whom ever that might be for the day just sad

  • mad met

    Granderson sucks butt who cares who else plays my mom would have a better avg

  • mad met

    Bring him up already

  • igotyourbackman

    Game threads are becoming … frustrating. I am hoping some ground rules can be set going forward that we talk mainly about the game action going on, the strategy involved, etc and not the three million different things the FO can do (or should have done) to fix the team, why the Wilpons suck, how much a certain player sucks (until they come through), how much regret one has that a certain deal was never done, and on and on and on. You have all day and various other threads on MMO to expound on this kind of stuff. Can we please leave the game threads for the action at hand – the players on the field are the ones we have, and as we are all Mets fans, we need them to do their jobs in order to get what we all want – wins. I am not saying that we can’t express disappointment when they fail during the games, but really, it is getting out of hand with all the negative vitriol every night, that has nothing to do with the game going on in front of us.

  • louisrstennes@yahoo.com

    And who voted you The Boss?

  • skiplockweird

    No one should be surprised by the results so far. The Mets are a pitching and defense team. Colorado will be a tough place for them. I am not discouraged.

  • skiplockweird

    Not from me schecky – poo!

  • skiplockweird

    El Dia de Mejia!

  • skiplockweird

    Really, do tell us how he’s tipping his breaking ball.

  • RyanF55

    Im so tired of if the Mets win, everything’s great and the FO is doing a solid job. If the Mets lose, it’s sound the alarm, the teams a disaster, Sandy sucks, etc. Knee jerk reactions are getting old. Before these two horrid starts, the Mets had one of the best starting staffs in the MLB. Let’s not completely flip out…the mets can still split the series even. It’s May 3rd…let’s wait a little bit before determing how far the team will go and who’s career is over. Let’s talk in June -July

  • Fast Eddie

    Sometimes we need to step back a bit and try to see the big picture. For the past two games the Rockies have been hitting the ball hard, but they have also been the recipients of some wonderful breaks. It seems that every ground ball they hit finds a hole while the Mets’ hard-hit grounders head directly to an infielder. Then there are the swinging bunts that refuse to roll foul because they get deflected by a generously applied third base line. On top of all that, the Mets seem to be giving the Rox some unneeded help: Murphy decides to steal 3B while the pitcher is standing on the rubber, looking directly at Murph; Wheeler tries to barehand a little dribbler and botches the play completely.

    For reasons that will continue to elude our attempts to find them, the Rockies currently can do no wrong and the Mets can’t seem to get out of their own way. Just a few days ago the Mets were playing good baseball and we were all proud. And next week they may be back on their game. But right now nothing seems to work out for them.

    Why? Who knows? I have given up trying to understand the ways of the universe and the vagaries of life on this planet. But I do know that this, too, shall pass.

    Veloz

  • skiplockweird

    Tulo should be an ESPN top 10 for “the grab”. I can’t blame Murphy for trying to make something happen. Even picked off, it was a very close play.

  • Erin_II

    WTF is a matter with you, BNB?

    1. No way he was re-signing here.
    2. He got hurt not long after going to SF.
    3. We’ve already gotten more value from Wheeler, up here, than we would have from Beltran in 30 or so games of a lost season, in 2011.

  • skiplockweird

    Agreed. For all of you “trade for Tulo” fans, he is a .250 hitter on the road so far, meaning he would be a .250 hitter for us, becuase we play 4 games in Colorado.

  • Pedro’s Rooster

    That would require an awful lot of work and staffing to properly police, no?

    I understand your viewpoint–negativity can be tough to deal with. I just choose to look at why people are negative, and when I do, there’s usally a good reason behind it.

    The game threads are an extreme, in-the-moment example. I just assume everyone is typing emotionally–and because of that, it makes me feel like I’m watching the game with friends.

  • Pedro’s Rooster

    74 wins it is!

  • Biggle Boy

    A weaker offense means a tough time matching bats with the Rockies at Coors Field. Since 2011, the Rockes have scored 87 runs vs. the Mets 61 runs at Coors, and our record there is 5&7. I’m hoping Lagares and TDA help turn that around.

  • skiplockweird

    Great call after 3/4 of a season.genius. I’d like you to look at the 1st 5 years of two players, Nolan Ryan, and Mike Morris. Give us a full report when you are finished. Now run along little boy, your mother needs you.

  • skiplockweird

    Better to be quiet and presumed to be an idiot, than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

  • Matlack

    How much for the bridges?

  • rmkabadi

    Even before coming into Colorado I think we all would admit the offense was overall pathetic and the expectation was that some bats would wake up in Colorado – Collins even said as much. Instead, and what I think is alarming, this hasn’t happened and the majority of the lineup still can’t get out of its way. Pitchers will have bad games in Colorado but it’s the lack of our own offense that I find inexcusable and worrisome.

  • Matlack

    Never make the first or last out of an inning at third. Doing it in that ballpark with Wright up against a lefty compounds the mental error. I’m sure Murphy’s intentions are good, but that was simply a stupid play. I was hoping that he’d turned a page this year.

    I was thinking Tulo may have hurt himself or something. If not, that is inexcusable.

  • Matlack

    haha….

  • Matlack

    Gotta disagree there. Tulowitzki is one of the top players in baseball, and hits wherever he plays at a premium position defensively. I’d love to have him on the Mets. The contract is the problem, as it already discounts his anticipated future production, therefore giving up a ton of cost-controlled young talent would not be wise.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Well that streak most likely ended last night if not for a GG 3B taking a hit away from CY.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Yeah we can start with deleting your comments.

    FYI You are aware you have a CHOICE what to and what NOT to read right???

    And the negative vitriol has EVERYTHINGto do with the game going on. Go to a sports bar while the game is on and you’ll see the convos are the exact same as here on an MMO thread

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Then you should keep quiet

    I’ll keep your secret 😉

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Awwww, no one has called me BNB in a long time. So sweet of you.

    FYI I honestly liked the trade lol Ive always said I liked it.

    My comment was more of a jabbing for overvaluing WildWheelz and not moving WildWheelz for Justin Upton.

    I want to but I’ll never get over that. Upton was/is very young and a awesome ballplayer and the dynamic of him and Wright being childhood friends were all too much to pass up imo.

    We wouldve had 2/3rds of our Outfield sown up for the foreseeable future with J.Upton and Lagares. And still have tons of pitching to spare

  • louisrstennes@yahoo.com

    Agreed. But I also think we are using the wrong word. I prefer analysis instead of negative.

  • Metropolitan

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  • Anthony

    Forgive me I fell asleep watching the game last night. I’m a bad met fan

  • Metropolitan

    More than that I would be more concerned about his injury history,he can’t stay on the field

  • Erin_II

    Lol, that’s always who I remember you as. Me and you may not always share the same opinion, and God knows we`ve had our share of spats, but I respect your opinion, and I`ve even come around to the way that you present it. This place wouldn`t be the same without you, pal.

  • igotyourbackman

    Well, no offense, but you are, at times, one of the worst offenders. I am aware there are already guidelines. What I am suggesting is that we enhance the guidelines for GAME THREADS, voluntarily. If I was sitting next to you in a bar and had to hear, for example, “This guy is the worst, why didn’t we trade him for X and y in March when we had the chance,” every single bad pitch he threw, relentlessly trying to make a point that no one else in the bar cares about, I would tell you to shut the “eff” up already. The same thing for the guy who needlessly harps on Sandy A and the Wilpons. I get that you want to vent. I would assert that relentless venting is not appropriate in a game thread where people are trying to watch a game and follow the game thread at the same time. It “millers” the thread, causing needless clutter, slows down the feed and ruins the experience of watching the game with a bunch of “virtual Mets friends.”
    I am asking that people step back and self monitor themselves.
    Game threads should be fun. Until we get a better way to eliminate content we don’t want to see – basically the ability to hide a certain poster or posters – then I would kindly suggest we raise the bar on the level of discourse in the game threads.

  • MetsfanInParadise

    Jeez, man, you could be in my head. I got especially vehement about this exact issue last night. It would be great to see more focus on the team and less on the other commenters. There’s a difference between saying, “Alderson sucks” and saying, “here come the Sandy lovers (or “haters.”). I did a lot of “collapse thread” last night, but you have to do it all over when you refresh the page. I would also take exception with the above comment regarding sports bars. Last night I likened some of the commenters on here to the drivers who give you the finger on the expressway. It’s easy to be nasty when it’s not to someone’s face. If some of these people did the same name-calling to the other commenters’ faces in a bar we’d see fistfights, bouncers and cops. It’s one of the many reasons I don’t go to bars.

  • MetsfanInParadise

    All of what you say is true, but it’s also true that they haven’t won when allowing 5 runs in about 2 years. It’s extremely unlikely that Granderson et al will stay this ice cold all year, but that doesn’t eliminate the concern. We have too many guys who aren’t getting the job done to believe they’ll all come around. It’s glaringly obvious that to assume all or most of our veterans will snap out of it AND all our young players will show significant developmental gains is unrealistic. besides, some of the “young players” aren’t so young-Josh Satin is 29 now. There’s a reason that only this offensively-starved team saved him from being a career minor leaguer-he can’t cut it. 56 Ks in 221 ABs last year is 150 in a 600 AB season, too much for a “contact hitter.” If it’s time to end the “Ruben Tejada experiment,” as many insist (except he’s only 24) it’s more than time to end the “Josh Satin experiment.” Their unwillingness to make the moves that everyone knows need to be made is what’s frustrating, and it’s becoming harder and harder to give them the benefit of the doubt.

  • skiplockweird

    My point is people don’t come into the league and dominate it’s rare. I was referring to Mike Norris, and while you’re at it look at a guy named Dave Stewart. As far as Ryan, it took him years to get on track.

  • skiplockweird

    Sorry, for some strange reason I was under the impression you were watching the game from the couch, not the dugout. Thanks for the history lesson on your storied career. I think your mom is calling. Lunch has been served.

  • MetsfanInParadise

    Man, you are one of the nastiest commenters around. Talentless, uneducated, feminine worthless scrub is what you just called him. All uncalled for. I may not agree with your player criticisms but that’s at least the purpose of the blog-to debate the game and the team. Insulting other commenters is unnecessary. And don’t even bother to call “nasty” an insult. It’s an observation. You have no idea what I deleted from this comment.

  • BCleveland3381

    Honestly, I just wish MMO had a block option, where I wouldn’t see posts from certain members. I would use it on about 2 or 3 guys that have no baseball opinions and it would be perfect.