For most of this baseball season we focused on the lack of offense that the Yankees have produced. Well, as bad as they have been, the Mets have been worse, especially in recent times. In the last 13 games the Mets have scored 37 runs, less than 3 runs a game. In 101 games this season, the reigning National League champions have only scored 291 runs. Dead last in all of baseball. And the worst stat of all is their .204 average with runners in scoring position. A perfect example of that was their game against the Rockies yesterday.
A great effort from starter Jacob deGrom was wasted as his offense and closer betrayed him in the 2-1 loss to the Rockies. Seven innings of shut out ball and nothing to show for it. This game was a collection of bad decisions, poor execution, and horrendous at-bats. After striking out 6 and walking just 1 batter, manager Terry Collins pinch hit for him when the Mets had the semblance of a rally going. Once again Collins over managed.
Back up catcher Rene Rivera and de Aza led off with back-to-back hits setting up second and third and nobody out. Collins then pinch hit for deGrom with Cespedes (nursing a sore groin) even though he admitted he knew they would intentionally walk him. Still, that set up bases loaded with nobody out. The next batter was Juan Lagares and since a righty came into the game, Collins pinch-hit for him with Kelly Johnson, even though Michael Conforto was available off the bench. Despite getting ahead in the count, Johnson grounded out weakly to short. The throw came home and now the bases were still loaded but with one out. Curtis Granderson was clueless at the plate all game and it showed when he struck out in that critical situation. He finished the day 0-4 with three strikeouts. That left it up to Wilmer Flores who could not come up with the big hit either. No cheers for Wilmer today, instead he ended the inning among boos when he popped up to center. Bases loaded and no one out, and…no runs scored!
Going into the 8th the Mets had a 1-0 lead. Addison Reed and Jerry Blevins kept the Rockies off the board, and that meant Jeurys Familia would get closing duties in the ninth. Then the shit hit the fan. Trevor Story singled to start the inning. He stole second and Familia’s recent control issues continued when he walked Dahl. That brought up Descalso who was called upon to bunt. Rivera who did not field the bunt since he assumed it would roll foul. It stayed fair and once again the bases were loaded with nobody out. After a stike out and then a ground ball that James Loney booted, everyone was safe as the tying run came home. Up next was Charlie Blackmon and Familia uncorked a wild pitch during that at-bat to bring in the go-ahead run. They proceeded to intentionally walk Blackmon to load up the bases again, but that mess would be for Hansel Robles to deal with. Familia’s day was done after blowing his second straight game. The Mets go down 1,2, 3 and another loss. No clutch hitting and a Armando Benitez performance form Familia.
With all the bragging from Met followers, the defending league champs continue to struggle. A 53-48 record in only one better than the Yankees who play in a tougher division. The Mets have now fallen 6.5 behind the Nationals and 1.5 out of the last wild card spot. Sandy Alderson recently said there would be no major trade. Both the Mets’ struggling offense and the heavily-used back of the bullpen make the case that they need one. What do you say Sandy?
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