Yup, Why not pick the 13 inning game as the one to go see LIVE from beautiful Port St. Lucie.
I had the pleasure of making the 170ish mile roundtrip to Tradition Field to Watch the Mets Single A team apparently win this marathon after a few wild pitches and an error (I left before the crazy 13th).
I wanted to take the time to share my thoughts, analysis, reports, pics and a video from the day on the game, the players, the team and what lies ahead for the team.
The pitcher of the day definitely was Corey Oswalt. Corey looked solid throughout, throwing mostly in the 85-89 range with his pitches, topping out at 91 (more like an anger pitch from drama going on at the time in the game that inning). For the most part, Oswalt had the opposing hitters off balance, inducing many pop flies throughout his 5 2/3 of shutout innings. Corey struck out the last batter he faced, but was removed from the game most likely due to a strict pitch count.
In came.....wait, is that a major leaguer?.....yup, The LOOGY Josh Edgin came on in relief, facing one batter, and striking out said batter to end the 6th.
Josh, to my knowledge of the evening, threw only one fastball, at 88mph, during what eventually and quickly became the only batter he faced, ultimately striking out the hitter on his breaking stuff and calling it a night.
The hard throwing lefty and his fastball was sitting steady at 93-94MPH with life. What my friend and fellow freelance writer Scot Cohen pointed out immediately with Alberto was his significant change in speeds of his pitches. During each at bat, he paired his 90s fastball with a 71-74MPH hook, definitely keeping hitters off balance and showing good command. I'd like to see where Alberto goes from here, especially since he's one of those lifers in the organization (been with Mets since a teenager back in 2009).
Yet another arm, in my opinion, to keep an eye on his Robert Coles. Unfortunately, I think even the radar gun was tired at this point, so there was no showing of his MPH, but my ears tell me Robert had life on his fastball, and was making pretty quick work out of things in shutting down the opposing hitters on the night.
As for the hitters.......Do I really need to explain the first one I'm gonna mention?
Mets top SS prospect Amed Rosario had a very solid day offensively at the plate, going 2-3 with a walk and an RBI (im sorry I refuse to acknowledge the strikeout because the ump made a terrible call, simply not knowing how to call balls and strikes of the opposing teams knuckle baller who entered the game in the late innings). Rosario showed good discipline at the plate, with hits that were both pulled and hit opposite field on the night. Rosario also stole a base after his single in the 7th, showing his speed once again.
Defensively, he didn't get many looks, and in extra innings he had a poor 'oops' moment when a routine grounder went right underneath his glove and into the outfield. But during the game he also continued to show his above average arm strength and quick movements and reactions in turning double plays.
Another big prospect.....with emphasis on the word BIG..... is outfielder Wuilmer Becerra.
The first thought out of my friend Scot mind and mouth were.....He's a big man. Becerra certainly looks very tall, muscular and imposing at the plate, and with the bat in his hands. Unfortunately, just to add agony to my life, Becerra came to the plate in consecutive at bats in extra innings and was asked to BUNT a guy over :( Anyway he found himself in a 0-2 hole trying and failing the first time, and then the next at bat he succeeded in doing so. But again, just me, but your 5th hitter shouldn't be bunting in extra innings with a man on base. He should be given the chance to win the game.
Staring at the top of the lineup as usual for the St. Lucie Mets was CF Champ Stuart.
Of note: John Mora was a beast at the plate tonight with 3 SOLID hits all pulled towards the right field side of the plate in the early innings.
I Will try to maybe post a follow up when I have more sleep and get my thoughts together :)