Want to know how things went for the Mets today?  Their best pitcher was Kevin Plawecki who allowed four runs on three homers in two . . . TWO! . . . innings pitched.

How the Mets got there is almost too exhausting to detail. Suffice it to say, it all started with Noah Syndergaard. After refusing an MRI for biceps complaints, the Mets sent him to the mound on Sunday. To be fair, Syndergaard probably thought MRI meant Mets related injury. 

Every Mets fan knew what would happen. We knew he’s get injured. We’ve been expecting it since Generation K went up in flames with the injuries suffered by Jason IsringhausenBill Pulsipher, and Paul Wilson. And it happened. After 1.1 innings where he allowed five hits, five runs, two walks (first two of the season) while striking out two, he was gone with a “lat injury.”  It’s in quotes because it’s clear no one knows what’s going on with Syndergaard. 

From there, it’s difficult to decipher what happened. 

Even with the Syndergaard injury, the Mets were only down 6-5 heading into the bottom of the fourth. 

Everyone was pitching in (pun intended). The resurgent Jose Reyes, moved to second in the lineup due to players getting the day off, got it all started with a first inning one out triple. Jay Bruce was 3-4 with a homer and two RBI. Rene Rivera had a homer of his own.  Even Sean Gilmartin got in on the action with an RBI double. 

Gilmartin, that’s where the trouble started. Initially, he kept the Nationals at bay when he came on after the Syndergaard injury. But, he melted down in the fourth allowing four earned. Gilmartin, like the rest of the Mets was victimized by Anthony Rendon, who hit two homers off of him. 

Fernando Salas started the fifth, and he eventually put the game completely out of reach allowing three runs. When he left, it was 13-5. The Nationals still had 10 runs left in them. 

Six of them came off Josh Smoker, who melted down in his second inning of work. He didn’t record one out while facing five batters that inning. He and the whole team left Terry Collins little choice. He had to go to a position player to pitch the final two innings. 

It was hard to tell if Plawecki was throwing a knuckleball or a batting practice fastball. The answer was a knuckleball, but the Nationals were teeing off of him and all Mets pitchers like it was batting practice. Whether it was the knuckleball or the fact that Plawecki was the least important player on the roster, it was an inspired choice by Collins. 

What wasn’t inspired was how the Mets finished this series. After rallying back from losing six in a row, 10 of 11, and Yoenis Cespedes, the Mets beat Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg in back-to-back games. It was an announcement the Mets weren’t done. It was enough to give a Nationals team, who just lost Adam Eaton for the season, doubt they were the better team. 

Twenty-three runs later, in a game started by Syndergaard, that doubt should be erased. Trea Turner was the only Nationals starter without a multi-hit game, and he still hit a double and scored a run. 

More than that, Rendon was 6-6 with five runs, a double, three homers, and 10 RBI. The Mets as a team had five runs on nine hits. 

Game Recap: Reyes had another error, but this one was at shortstop as the Mets gave Asdrubal Cabrera the day off. Neil Walker had another poor game at the plate and is now hitting .195. Same goes for Curtis Granderson who is now hitting .128. 

7 thoughts on “Synder-OMG!”

  1. Gothamist says:

    Salas in the seventh or used frequently?

    Small sample but two years ago:

    Too many HRs for key 7th role against the Tigers, BJays etc
    Does pitch as well in games they lost
    Mediocre stats at best with 0-1 days rest

    Maybe I did not take enough time and I am not close to being dead on?

    Sandy knew this (if I am on to something) but the $$ constraints are real constraints with no end in sight.
    I hope Sandy saw Salas as the 2017 sixth inning man when he was acquired who would get 1-3 days rest as the starters pitched on average six innings
    If Terry knows Salas has no recent history to substantiate to use back to back, he is no spring chicken, and TC can use someone else sometimes (if?) then overusing the guy will not work nor prove a point to anyone upstairs who reads these stats.
    Even if he asks Jeff to spend $7m on a legit reliever the time of Nov/Dec is long past. I rather they rotate guys like Goedel in using Gilmartin’s roster spot than putting Salas thru this.

    Let these guys sell tickets so there is more money for the 2018 payroll.
    Guys, entertain and fill up those seats until the rookies are called up.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Goeddel is cooked as he cant regain his form post-surgery

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I saw that. Lot of sound reasoning there.

  2. Gothamist says:

    For most of those following Noah’s unilateral decisions on winter training this link is mostly a concise tabulation of the interviews we read over the last few months and two pieces this week.

    I like process, precedent, structure, hierarchy, that every stakeholder to be valued, to be listen to, valudated and with respect each other. Every player with a career or contract at stake should be asked if they want another opinion.

    Why would Noah need to initiate the seekinh of a second opinion? Why not do it all the time?
    We learned from Beltran or did we not learn a thing?

    I thought precedent, process and hierarchy changed at least a couple of years after Sandy Alderson as GM had reestablished his credibility in baseball.

    You would believe that an entirely disciplined approach to health would be in place for all players, constantly taking feedback from players and agents and that Noah should have been shut down if he did not take the MRI immediately call for a meeting with his agent to work it through.

    I hope ownership is not playing good cop vs a different approach by the GM and TC is not advocating for the player’s to have substantial input about their asssesnent injury treatment protocol.

    Someone, a manager, trainer, team doctor or GM has to put their foot down and threaten to walk if this is not done in a responsible way.

    The other option is to import someone from a very successful process elsewhere.


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