“I think the bigger story is our offense.”
Players of the Game
- Jenrry Mejia: Mejia continued to mow down batters, striking out seven of 26 for a game 2.29 FIP. He now owns a 9.9 K/9 on the young season. Mike Matheny might be reasonably concerned about the Cardinal offense, but this isn’t the first time Mejia has dominated. (Full disclosure: We have Mejia on both of our fantasy-baseball teams.)
- Tyler Lyons: For his part, Lyons struck out seven, too. He was a bit sloppier, walking four, but still finished with a 3.21 FIP.
- Travis D’Arnaud: Hit the longest ball of the game, an opposite-field double off the right field wall, and later singled in a run for a game-best .544 wOBA.
Plays of the Game
- David Wright singled, scoring Eric Young (-.134): The broken end of the bat went almost as far as the ball, but it was enough to drive in the only run the Mets needed, with the rabbit-like Eric Young running from second with two outs.
- Jhonny Peralta grounded into a double play to third (-.120): The Cardinals’ second GIDP of the game snuffed out any chance of a ninth-inning rally after Molina led off with a single.
- Allen Craig singled, advancing Matt Carpenter to 3B (+.117): Craig began a short-lived rally with his hit in the sixth.
- Matt Holliday popped out (-.117): With the team’s run expectancy for the inning at least one (with runners on first and second and only one out), Holliday popped out on the first pitch.
- We appreciate the sentiment, but the Met colors just don’t look right with camo. Let the Padres have their thing. As for the other 29 teams, we surely have other ways to honor our military heroes.
- David Wright‘s RBI hit was a broken-bat bloop that barely made it though the infield. Yet he is the Fangraphs three-star player of the game. Just shows that even the Fangraphs readership is fallible.
- Shortstop Ruben Tejada robbed Yadier Molina, then later paired with second baseman Daniel Murphy to convert Jon Jay‘s would-be single up the middle into a double play. Shades of Rey Ordonez and Edgardo Alfonzo.
- Lyons appeared to lose focus after committing an error that allowed the leadoff man to reach in the sixth.
- Young bailed him out a bit by getting thrown out at third trying to advance on a pitch that got away from Yadier Molina.
- For all his wildness in that inning, though, Lyons regrouped and limited the damage.
- Has anyone in major-league baseball missed a pitch by a wider margin than Matt Holliday swinging near Carlos Torres‘s curveball?
- The Cardinal offense now has a .298 wOBA, 23rd in baseball. Last year, they were .322, 10th overall.