No Saving LaTroy

The New York Mets used 6 LaTroy Hawkins (3-3, 3.28) pitches to turn a 1-2 deficit into a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies Monday night at Citi Field in New York.  Travis d’Arnaud doubled leading-off the 9th to the right of left-fielder Brandon Barnes, who had recently shifted over from right.  Curtis Granderson drove Hawkins’ next pitch about 80º in the opposite direction, to the left of right-fielder Charlie Blackmon, just into the game, driving pinch-runner Eric Young Jr (dig it Pooter, dig it) home and tying the game. Two pitches later Wilmer Flores lifted a fly ball to deep center to cement the win, despite a laser-like wounded duck toward the plate from center-fielder Drew Stubbs.

Colorado had people on base all night long, in every inning but the 9th, as a matter of fact.  They left 8 on-base, including 4 in scoring-position, and did nothing with lead-off doubles by Corey Dickerson in the 3rd and DJ LeMahieu in the 7th.  They scored on lead-off solo home runs by Michael Cuddyer in the 2nd and Nolan Arenado in the 8th.

Jordan Lyles started for the Rockies and turned-in 6 workmanlike innings.  He got burned in the 1st when he walked Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Lucas Duda grounded a double down the right-field line to drive him around from 1st with 2 out.   Lyles gave-up 3 hits, 2 walks and struck-out 5.  He was followed by 2 innings of Tommy Kahnle, Brooks Brown and Christian Friedrich, who delivered a 2-1 lead to the Hawk in the 9th.

Christian Bergman gets the call for Colorado tonight, his 4th since coming off the Disabled List on
August 24.  Bergman will face right-hander Jacob deGrom in another 5:10 MDT start at the Mets’ ballpark in Queens.

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Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
6 years ago

This late in the season, why is Barnes getting any at bats ahead if Parker? Three Ks for Barnes last night. They need to know if Parket is worth keeping around instead if sitting in Sept.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Allow me to also blame my Useless Apparent O’Dowd Man Crush Player (2014 edition). I bring you Brandon Barnes. As the purplerow summary noted, 3 Ks with runners on base last night, plus a 2-base error to boot. He is having his “best season” so far, and it’s a .248/.286/.412 season, good for a .698 OPS, and that’s playing half his games at Coors. Barnes now has a career .641 OPS. Jonny Herrera posted the following OPS numbers in his… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag, I was fooled by his “energy” early on, plus a few occasional hits. Mine eyes now have seen for themselves, and you are totally right on (Cisco too).

Doc
Doc
6 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

I’m sure the SMIB remains impressed by the tats.

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Coming into 2K14, I liked Morneau and Anderson, liked Hawk OK (but not as Closer – I thought Brothers would/could assume that roll), was sort of neutral on Stubbs, and was generally befuddled by the Astros deal. I didn’t mind losing Fowler – but I didn’t really know anything about Lyles and Barnes – but I liked the cash freed up to sign Morneau. So you can see a chimpanzee could probably have matched the accuracy of my assessments. Got… Read more »

Julian
Julian
6 years ago

What are Barnes’ numbers just as a pinch hitter? Does he have value as a pinch hitter/late inning fielding replacement of a Parker or a Paulson? If next year’s outfield has Blackman, Dickerson, Stubbs, Parker (I’m assuming that Cuddyer doesn’t get resigned and that CarGo gets traded), would he be an OK #5 outfielder to keep a spot warm until Dahl arrives?

roxnsox
roxnsox
6 years ago

Cuddy has to go, I am very sad to say – too old and brittle, and too expensive even if he took a cut. Man, has it been fun having this guy on the team, though. I said it a while back: if only he was 27… Stubbs has pleasantly surprised. I would say he is more than serviceable (my favorite word lately – a reflection of my forever-lowered ceiling? :p ) I just want to say I like Ben… Read more »

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