NEW YORK – The miracle of modern technology allows the general specifications of each home race to be known at once: pitch speed, exit speed, and launch angle – the esoteric formulas that broadcast the expected distance and how each hitter will play in each park.
All available within seconds. But there is still something very satisfying about relying on the unscientific, on anecdotal evidence from the senses, and whether you have listened to mets” Alonso’s house Put a barrel on a 91 mph speedball from Mariners River Paul Swald Friday night at Citi Field, you probably had one idea: run the house.
Alonso had that thought. It was a foggy night in Citifield. light rain. The air was heavy. It wasn’t quite the perfect night for a home run, but when Alonso called at eight, with the Mets behind him Seattle Mariners In one round, the game was thought to be a tie.
“The voice,” Alonso said. “Sure, she thought she had what it takes to get past the wall. But she didn’t, unfortunately.”
Alonso was circling the elephant on the field. Crime is off throughout baseball. Flying balls no longer fly like Titleists at range. Baseball may be different, but it’s the same for both teams.
“That’s what it is,” Alonso said.
Thus the Mets lost 2-1 to the Mariners, and they did so because the attack could put no more than one game in place against the Mariners starter. Marco GonzalezAnd the Savior Drew Smith stumbled into relief from Max Scherzer, Issuing two marches and allowing running in the eighth. If the Mets’ hitters were frustrated with the ball — and its theoretical lack of juice — they seemed to understand the hypocrisy of venting about those ideas. So consider the following note from the Mets’ Buck Showalter as a description of an ongoing phenomenon rather than an explanation from a manager after a loss.
“Obviously something a little different is going on,” Showalter said.
The Mets, 22-12, must win Saturday and Sunday to avoid losing the first series of the season. Chris Bassett It will start on Saturday evening. Carlos Carrasco Line up for a Sunday throw. If they really lost that streak, they might look back on a missed opportunity on Friday. And it wasn’t just the ball.
Scherzer only allowed one run in seven innings, showing off his dominant purpose and fiery agility. At the top of seventh place, with a 1-1 tie, the Mariners carried the bases with one when Mike Ford made a 3-2 change that looked like he was skipping the board at the bottom of the area. Scherzer let out a primal shriek when he did not receive the call. Then he went to work, convinced of double-playing the globe Stephen Souza Jr. Which was interspersed with another cry.
“As a human, you’re going to get an emotional release,” Scherzer said. “Obviously you want that pitch. But you have to be able to tackle that, turn the page, go ahead and throw the next step.”
Scherzer finished by six strokes and lowered his ERA to 2.66. However, the Mets’ attack couldn’t break through then Brandon Nemo Singles scored on a fly sacrifice of Francisco Lindor At the bottom of the first. Smith allowed his first run of the season on the eighth, ending his career best of 13 1/3 points-free innings. That cleared the way for Alonso against Sold for eighth.
The ball jumped off Alonso’s racket at 103 mph. He had a lot of loft. He. She seem good. Died on the alarm track.
“Whether it’s the ball or the bad conditions, that’s what it is,” he said.
Alonso scored 114 home points in his first four seasons in the league. The Derby has made the All-Star’s Home Run his personal playground. If anyone knows what it feels like to run home, it’s him. He thought he was gone. Showalter had a feeling, too. When asked if he thought Alonso’s shot would go off, he started with one word: Normally.
“I’m not going to start getting into all the things that happen around baseball,” he said. “Rumors are what they are.”
A few minutes later, near the end of his post-game press conference, Showalter was asked if any players had complained about his grip on baseball. Showalter said if there was no problem, and if there was another with smooth baseballs, Showalter suggested it was something that could be fixed with warm weather and a little bit of sweat. He again pointed out that the balls are the same for both clubs. But that, he said, might not stop questions about else something.
“The other conversation, I don’t think it’s going to go away,” Showalter said.
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