IGT - Mets @ Houston - 9/2/17 - 1st game of DH

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IGT - Mets @ Houston - 9/2/17 - 1st game of DH

Postby Frayed Knot » Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:09 am

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Yeah Houston.
Y'know, born the same year as us, used to be league-mates but apparently lost a bet of some kind so were exiled to the DH league.
Lotsa rain, big flood, sympathy and all that.

Team has a huge lead in their division -- like clinched a playoff slot back in May sometime -- but they skidded to a 11-17 August which does put their near season-long AL best record in trouble (are now
just +2.5 on Cleveland, +4.0 on Boston) if you're one of those who think that stuff actually means anything.


Today's 2:10 EDT start features Matt Harvey vs Charlie Morton
Morton -- the 33 y/o ex-Brave, ex-Pirate from Redding, CT -- is 10-6 with a 3.88 ERA 1.22 WHiP in 20 starts this year. Doesn't seem to go deep into games (5-6 innings most of the time) but who does
these days?
Harvey, of course, is making his first start in like 4,567 days and during rehab starts his fastball was reportedly clocked at speeds up to 62 mph so we're not quite sure what we're going to get from the
big dope here. He's probably on a pitch count which may even extend into double digits. Fortunately it's September so we have 19 relievers in the pen to take over and pitch until they each get either
one out or reach a pitch count of 35 whichever comes first.
And it's a DH game so not only will we likely have a middle infielder in the outfield but we'll probably have one at DH too .. and won't that be fun.
The good news is that we'll miss both their existing ace Dallas Keuchel and their newly imported ace Justin Verlander. Whether there will be any Kate Upton sightings has yet to be determined.



Quick Astros overview:
C - Brian McCann - still fat and slow and bald
1B - Yuli Gurriel - Cuban import, some power, good average, few walks
2B - Jose Altuve - just 4' 5" yet averages 7 hits per game
SS - Carlos Correa is on the DL so other guys play there instead
3B - Whichever other guy ins't filling in at SS that day fills in at 3rd
OF - rather than set spots, they seem to have a rotation system in their OF like it's volleyball or something meaning that anyone could be anywhere in a given game. So some combo of Josh Reddick,
rookie Derek Fisher (2014 1st round pick), George Springer (still trying to prove he's a cousin), Jake Marisnick, Marwin Gonzalez (they'll play him anywhere), the newly picked-up Cameron Maybin,
and even 56 y/o Carlos Beltran will cover the three slots plus DH.

Overall they have a very good defense and have somehow managed to train their guys to hit for power and yet not strike out all the time despite being a total all-or-nothing team just a year or two ago.
So they're tops in the AL in BA, OBA, SLG, and R/G; also are tops in 2Bs, 3rd in HRs, only slightly below average in walks, and yet have the fewest strikeouts in the league by a lot!
Sound familiar? Yeah, not to me either.
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Postby G-Fafif » Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:49 am

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Reyes 2B
Nimmo LF
Cabrera 3B
Flores "DH"
d'Arnaud C
Rosario SS
Smith 1B
Taijeron RF
Lagares CF

And pitching, Matt Harvey. Maybe just call him Matt today.
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—John V. Lindsay, 1969

Re: IGT - Mets @ Houston - 9/2/17 - 1st game of DH

Postby G-Fafif » Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:50 am

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Home team:

Springer DH
Bregman SS
Altuve 2B
Reddick RF
Gonzalez 1B
Maybin CF
Davis 3B
Centeno C
Kemp LF

Charlie Morton pitches.
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Re: IGT - Mets @ Houston - 9/2/17 - 1st game of DH

Postby Ashie62 » Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:50 am

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Re: IGT - Mets @ Houston - 9/2/17 - 1st game of DH

Postby themetfairy » Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:58 am

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Welcome Back Matt!

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Re: IGT - Mets @ Houston - 9/2/17 - 1st game of DH

Postby Ashie62 » Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:22 am

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Matt says he feels well so bring it on!

Re: IGT - Mets @ Houston - 9/2/17 - 1st game of DH

Postby cooby » Sat Sep 02, 2017 12:19 pm

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Who's the nipple-less girl?

Re: IGT - Mets @ Houston - 9/2/17 - 1st game of DH

Postby John Cougar Lunchbucket » Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:04 pm

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Jamie Callahan looks like he stopped in the airport to get a fresh haircut.
Let me tell you something: I have a big set of balls.

Re: IGT - Mets @ Houston - 9/2/17 - 1st game of DH

Postby themetfairy » Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:22 pm

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John Cougar Lunchbucket wrote:Jamie Callahan looks like he stopped in the airport to get a fresh haircut.


He kind of looks like a young Al Leiter, doesn't he?
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Postby John Cougar Lunchbucket » Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:27 pm

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Harv looks like he's going for 80 pitches right here in the 1st
Let me tell you something: I have a big set of balls.

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Postby A Boy Named Seo » Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:38 pm

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Matt Harvey does not want us all to waste the middle part of our Saturday on a long, holiday weekend! Thanks, Matt!
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Re: IGT - Mets @ Houston - 9/2/17 - 1st game of DH

Postby d'Kong76 » Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:49 pm

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cooby wrote:Who's the nipple-less girl?

I think she has those new nipples that are all the rage out west. After they blow
her up they push them in flush... similar to nips you find on a beach ball. Big $$.

Re: IGT - Mets @ Houston - 9/2/17 - 1st game of DH

Postby Edgy MD » Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:55 pm

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Charlie Morton teaching Matt Harvey how to pitch.
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Postby Ashie62 » Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:56 pm

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Re: IGT - Mets @ Houston - 9/2/17 - 1st game of DH

Postby Edgy MD » Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:00 pm

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The sad thing about that Springer homer is that it wasn't that bad of a pitch. But Harvey has nothing on it.
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Postby Edgy MD » Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:08 pm

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Harvey uncorks a wild pitch and the Houston DJ booth is ready with a "Born to Be Wild" sound cue.

A little bush, and Harvey gets Gonzalez on the next pitch. Way to get angry.
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Postby A Boy Named Seo » Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:09 pm

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Edgy MD wrote:The sad thing about that Springer homer is that it wasn't that bad of a pitch. But Harvey has nothing on it.


Yepp. Got Marwin on the backwards K, but that "fast"ball was 92.
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Postby Lefty Specialist » Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:10 pm

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Matt Harvey doing his very best to lift spirits in the Houston area. Job well done. Now go home for the winter.
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Postby Edgy MD » Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:12 pm

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The Mets need a couple of players named "Marwin."
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Re: IGT - Mets @ Houston - 9/2/17 - 1st game of DH

Postby 41Forever » Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:26 pm

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Not Harvey's best performance.

Re: IGT - Mets @ Houston - 9/2/17 - 1st game of DH

Postby John Cougar Lunchbucket » Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:27 pm

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Thank god Tommy Milone's out there now
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Re: IGT - Mets @ Houston - 9/2/17 - 1st game of DH

Postby Frayed Knot » Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:28 pm

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Morton has 7 of the 9 outs via Ks.
Harvey had 3 Ks but I believe all were Ks were looking and I'm not sure there was a single swing and miss by the Astros.
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Postby Edgy MD » Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:29 pm

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41Forever wrote:Not Harvey's best performance.

A small possibility that it's his last, however.
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Re: IGT - Mets @ Houston - 9/2/17 - 1st game of DH

Postby d'Kong76 » Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:40 pm

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Unless there's some physical set back, I think they'll run him out there at
least one more time if not two.

Smith with a nice opposite-field kaboom to get the Mets on the board.

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Postby Edgy MD » Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:43 pm

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Frayed Knot wrote:... and I'm not sure there was a single swing and miss by the Astros.

Checking the record:

  • Josh Reddick (first inning, fourth overall batter) had a swing and miss (94.6 mph 4-seam fastball).

  • Marwin Gonzalez (second inning, 14th overall batter) had a swing and miss (83.8 mph curveball).
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