When was the last time you saw something like this? Mets 1, Diamondbacks 0, in 13 innings. A classic Pedro performance, of course. No run support for Petey, of course. And another no-decision, bien sur. (We’re sticking with a sort of pseudo-French fencing lingo today.) Be sure to check out the loopy box score. Zut alors!

8 Responses to “On Guard! Touche! Let ze duel begin!”

  1. Coley Ward says:

    Don’t forget to mention Webb’s masterful performance. Both pitchers went deep in this game. Both were dominant. Both are on my fantasy team. Justice.

  2. What seems incomprehensible to me, aside from the obvious pitching performances of Pedro and Webb, is how incongruous some of these numbers are. I didn’t get a chance to watch the game so when I first saw the box score this number, the number that immediately struck me was two – as in how many walks were issued by both teams. Combined. In a thirteen inning game. Ninety-two batters came to the plate. Two walked. Very odd. It seems to indicate a great deal of impatience from all of the batters – but it wasn’t the case, at least for the Mets hitters. Arizona’s pitchers threw 184 pitches during the game to the forty-five Mets batters who came to the plate. That’s a little over 4 pitches per plate appearance, which is pretty good. As a comparison, only 26 hitters in all of baseball average more pitches per plate appearance than that. And yet, the Mets only managed to post an OBP of .200 for the game (By the way, Arizona batters saw 3.28 pitches per plate appearance, which is pretty poor). The only way I can rationalize this is to go back to one of the many old baseball adages: “pound the strike zone”. Out of the 184 pitches that the D-Backs threw, only 57 were balls. Even more amazingly, the Mets threw 154 pitches, with only 47 balls – that’s one ball per every Diamondback that came to the plate. If you knew beforehand that you were going to get four at-bats in a game, and that you’d see only four balls the entire night with the rest of them being strikes, wouldn’t you be more aggressive than usual? And yet, both pitching staffs combined to strikeout a quarter of the hitters they faced. It’s strange. I always thought that there’s a point of diminishing return when it comes to “pounding the strike zone”. If you throw too many strikes, you’re going to get hit. It didn’t happen in this game.

  3. Coley – this is exactly why I don’t want Pedro. It’s 2004 all over again. He is always matching up against the other team’s ace….always in a tight one…..gets his work done, some k’s, scatters a few hits, walks none….but at the end of the day no W.

    That’s ZERO wins in May. 0. Goose EGG. Doughnut. Bagel. Zilch.

    Curt, on the other hand went 5-1 in May. Oh…and i don’t need K’s, WHIP, or ERA….I just need to stop playing Brett Tomko. So basically this is a wash….

    The fact is that wins are perhaps the hardest category to get. And I’m raking them in right now with Schilling.

    Prediction? By the time Curt rolls over his 10th win, Pedro is still stuck on 5. Heard it here first.

  4. Paul,

    Don’t you have a job or some other way to waste your time than calculate average pitches per at bat? Gracious.

  5. Sarah Green says:

    The IRS? What? Do you have to pay taxes on steroids?

  6. I wonder how the majority of players have handled this news. Obviously, there will be at least some who will be angry at Grimsley for being a rat. However, if this article quoting Ozzie Guillen and Jeff Nelson is the normal reaction of players/coaches (http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/cs-060607soxbrite,1,7147201.story?coll=cs-home-headlines), then I’d be disappointed. It’s normal to be angry when you feel like you’re being attacked, but it sounds to me like neither of these guys even want PEDs to disappear from the game. If Grimsley actually did name names (I assume he did, but feds can easily lie about these things) I understand that they’re upset. But from the sound of things, Jeff Nelson sees no problem with HGH. And that is problematic. He claims that Grimsley’s squealing is “a black eye for baseball”, but to me, that phrase ought to be reserved for the whole situation and those responsibile for letting it get so far. Nelson blames Grimsley, but doesn’t seem to see any problems with using PEDs. That’s a bit warped.

  7. Okay, I clearly need to add Jeff Nelson to my unofficial list of people who juiced. Jeff Nelson played with Grimsley during the height of the steroid era. Why else would he be so worried about naming names?

  8. Coley Ward says:

    I think we’re all going to be surprised to find out just how many players were using HGH and other steroids. In the end, I think we’re going to decide Bonds and Co. didn’t have an unfair advantage, b/c EVERONE was juiced!

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