AAA: @ Pawtucket Red Sox 5, Buffalo Bisons 4 (14 innings)
Jason Bay played nine innings in LF and was 2-for-4 with a walk at the plate. What happens when he’s ready to return later this week? No sense in worrying about that yet, because things change so rapidly, but the Mets could either demote Jordany Valdespin (.260/.296/.506 – 77 AB) or DL Lucas Duda (.246/.341/.399 – 293 AB), who is headed back to NYC to have his balky hamstring examined.
Collin McHugh was hittable, but survived six innings: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. He threw 65% of his pitches for strikes (65 of 100).
Manny Acosta (pictured) threw two scoreless innings with two hits and a strikeout in relief of McHugh. In 22.2 innings in AAA this year since his well-deserved demotion, Acosta has 23 strikeouts against one (!) walk. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: he’s going to pitch for the Mets in the second half this year.
A 1-for-7 with a double and three strikeouts dropped CF Matt den Dekker to .209/.235/.426 with 40 strikeouts against just five walks in 29 games. Fourteen of his 27 hits have been extra-base knocks, but it’s been all or nothing for him at AAA. So, if you are a fan, or beat writer counting on den Dekker as part of the Mets plans in 2012 or 2013, it might be time to recalibrate.
The B-Mets’ bats had a big day, with 17 hits including seven for extra-bases on their way to a season-high 13 runs.
2B Wilmer Flores was 2-for-4 with a double and a homer in the sixth inning that made the score 10-2. He’ll be 21 in four weeks, but is hitting .342/.386/.557 with seven walks, seven strikeouts and 10 extra-base hits in 21 games in AA. I don’t know where he’ll play, but he’ll hit. In 21 games at AA, he’s played nine games at third, four at second and three at first.
CF Juan Lagares was 2-for-5 with a double. On the strength of a batting average heavy .344/.373/.484 line in 14 games in July, he’s up to .280/.335/.378 as a 23-year old. I still think there’s a big leaguer in there, but it’s probably a fourth-outfielder type.
RHP Gonzalez Germen matched a career-high with eight innings, but allowed three runs on five hits, including a homer, while walking one and fanning three. He’s gone seven innings or more in each of his three July starts, but has been much less than dominant: 4.43 ERA, 22.1 IP, 18 H, 13 R, 11 ER, 2 HR, 8 BB, 10 K. Germen has his merits (including a live arm and a nice changeup), but I just don’t see a successful MLB pitcher here.
Org guys LF Eric Campbell (2-for-5, RBI), 1B Allan Dykstra (4-for-4 with a double and a walk) and RF Dustin Martin (2 3B, 4 RBI) all had big days.