After the finest pitching performance of his young career, in front of about two dozen friends and family members at Citi Field, Jesse Hahn returned to his locker in the visiting clubhouse and checked his phone. He found a simple text message, “Good job.” It was from Matt Harvey.
Hahn and Harvey once formed a dynamic pitching combo out of Fitch High School in Groton, Conn., sharing more than just the first two letters in their last names.
Matt’s father, Ed, was the coach. And while Harvey already has gone on to experience success at the big-league level for the Mets, Hahn, who needed two years to recover from Tommy John surgery in 2010, is just now attempting to catch up.
San Diego Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin watches a fan catch a ground rule double hit by the Mets’ Matt den Dekker on Friday.Mets Choosing Sides in World Cup JUNE 14, 2014.
He did a fine Harvey impression in his second career start on Saturday, offering a nimble display of power and precision while teaming with three other San Diego Padres pitchers for a two-hit shutout in a 5-0 win. Hahn allowed just one of those hits, in the first inning, and the second hit came in the ninth, meaning most of the afternoon was just a vacuous wasteland of offense from the Mets’ lineup.
They lost for the ninth time in the past 11 games, and it has been nearly a month since the team has found a way to win consecutive games at home. On a sun-washed Saturday afternoon, they struck out 13 times, put just eight runners on base and left a good portion of a near-sellout crowd hoarse from booing. By the end, the postgame concert by the rapper 50 Cent might have felt like some welcomed relief.
“It was one of those days,” Manager Terry Collins said. “We had a couple chances early, and the strikeouts came back and bit us again today.”
Certainly there was disappointment in Zack Wheeler, who struggled from the outset against San Diego, the worst offensive team in baseball, for his second ineffective start in a row. There was angst expressed toward Chris Young, who struck out four times. There was a heavy cascade of boos for Matt den Dekker, the rookie outfielder who struck out with the bases loaded in the fourth.
In fairness, Young and den Dekker were just part of a Rolodex of Mets hitters who fanned and flopped against Hahn, who said there was no trick to his success beyond just trying not to remember how many fans were there to see him.
“I just stayed within myself,” Hahn said. “I tried not to go out there and light up the radar gun. I just pitched how I would pitch in a minor league game.”
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On Saturday the Free MLB Power Angle play is on the SF. Giants. Game 954 at 4:05 eastern. The Giants were stunned last night at home as Colorado put together a 5 run top of the 9th inning. Things should get back to normal tonight. The Giants are 25-8 here vs Colorado and 11-2 at home off a home favored loss where they scored 4 or less runs. San Francisco is 18-6 in Day games and 13-1 as a home favorite from -150 to -175. So they get the job done in this range. The Rockies are 1-11 on the road off a road win if they scored 5 or more runs. They have Christian Bergman making his road debut tonight in a Tough venue. He will be taking on B. Vogelsong who is 6-1 at home in his June starts the last few seasons and 4-1 at home vs Colorado allowing just 7 runs in 33 innings. Look for the Giants to wipe away the bitter last from last night loss. On Saturday there are 3 Huge MLB Releases out. The 21-1 American League Power system Game of the Month, a Perfect system Road warrior system that’s winning by an average 4 runs and a 90% MLB Totals system that goes in afternoon action.