A wild game with plenty to note
I don’t usually do this, but Saturday’s game carried enough intrigue that I feel I need to empty my notebook here. Of note:
- Francisco Rodriguez took the first at-bat of his career, whiffing on five pitches. He estimated that he has not even taken batting practice for 13 years.
- Manager Terry Collins opted to go with Rodriguez for a four-out save instead of turning to Tim Byrdak, who was warm and ready to face left-handed batter Matt Stairs.
- Speaking of the bullpen, Taylor Buchholz appears to be the seventh-inning guy of preference, though Collins has not told him to expect that role.
- After Daniel Murphy pinch-hit for Chin-lung Hu in the sixth inning, it might have made sense for Collins to keep Murphy in the game at second base. But Collins instead replaced Murphy with Brad Emaus in a two-run game, citing Murphy’s simple lack of experience at second.
- The Mets finished 4-for-14 with runners in scoring position, after going 1-for-17 in such situations in their previous two games.
- Ike Davis was hit on his right pinkie finger with a pitch, but stayed in the game and said he was fine.
—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.