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At Least Addison Reed Will Be Rested

The problem with pitchers’ duels in the modern game is that eventually end due to pitch count and managerial decision. We’ll never again see Juan Marichal and Warren Spahn dueling for 16 innings. Instead, we eventually get a battle of the bullpens. 

That battle makes both Mets fans and Nationals fans uneasy because both teams have terrible bullpens. 

Steven Matz and Stephen Strasburg were both terrific matching zeros through seven innings. Matz allowed for hits while walking two while striking out four. Strasburg gave up two hits while walking three and striking out six. 
The relievers that followed were nowhere near as good. Accordingly, Dusty Baker and Terry Collins were mixing and matching and failing. 

The Mets got the first crack at the bullpen in the eighth, and they are going to want this inning back. 

After a lead-off single off Nationals reliever Matt Grace, Matz stayed in the game for the sole purpose of bunting Brandon Nimmo to second. Jose Reyes, who was batting lead-off for some inexplicable reason, singled to left. Despite Nimmo initially stumbling and Brian Goodwin charging in hard on the ball, Glenn Shetlock sent Nimmo anyway:

Nimmo was out by a pretty good margin. Maybe a better slide, and Nimmo is safe. Possibly, Asdrubal Cabrera being in position to direct Nimmo could’ve made a difference. A different replay official, and the call reasonably could’ve been overturned. Instead, the call stood. 

The send was bad on so many levels. Most importantly, there was only one out, and the middle of the lineup was coming up against a terrible Nationals bullpen. 

Cabrera would walk, and the Mets would send Yoenis Cespedes to the plate. He would come up short in a big spot. It wouldn’t be the last time. 

The Nationals wouldn’t waste their chance. 

With the pitcher’s spot due up and the top of the Nationals line-up due up, Collins went to Jerry Blevins, and he kept him in with all the right-handed hitters the Nationals brought to the plate. It was a bad strategy:

Ryan Raburn hit a pinch hit single, and Michael Taylor followed with a two run homer giving the Nationals a 2-0 lead. 
But the game wasn’t over because the Nationals bullpen is terrible too. 

Sammy Solis allowed a one out single to T.J. Rivera, and he got a gift strike call on Lucas Duda:

Baker brought in Matt Albers, and Collins countered by pinch hitting Curtis Granderson for Travis d’Arnaud. The Nationals were one strike away from winning, and Granderson tied the game:

This is when critical decisions are made. Addison Reed was warming up, but with the game tied, Collins wasn’t going to bring in his closer on the road unless it was a save situation. This was the Buck ShowalterZach Britton decision all over again, and Collins showed he learned nothing. 

He initially stuck with Paul Sewald, who bailed the Mets out if the eighth. 

Sewald walked Matt Wieters to start the inning, but he struck Wilmer Difo out, who was trying to get the bunt down. At that point, the Mets had a sinker baller on the mound and needed a double play to get out of the inning. 

Collins would’ve stick with Sewald, nor would he go to Reed in the spot. Instead, he went to Josh Edgin when Stephen Drew was announced as a pinch hitter. Edgin walked Drew pushing the winning run into scoring position. Adam Lind flied out setting up first and second with two outs, and Ryan Raburn coming to the plate. 

Still, Collins would not go to Reed. No, he went to Fernando Salas and his 6.31 ERA. Raburn hit a ball to left field that dropped in front of a sliding Yoenis Cespedes. To add insult to injury, Cespedes pulled up lame on the play, and he won’t be playing tomorrow. 

Bad managing and a bad bullpen led to a loss. It’s been all too redundant this year. 

Game Notes: Daniel Murphy grounded out in a pinch hitting appearance in the eighth marking the first time in 30 games against the Mets he did not reach base. 

10 thoughts on “At Least Addison Reed Will Be Rested”

  1. Gothamist says:

    Terry, putting Salas in last night will not get Jeffrey in the mood for buying.

    Who lost it for the Metsies last night?

    Who?

    A) Jeffrey for NOT investing, knowing Reed would be gone after 2017 getting his $10m plus and leaving us with Sewald, One batter Blevins and FA to be one year later who pitches in the Dominican Winter Leagues every year Familia.

    B) Alderson who did not announce he would retire when his contract expires. A patsy for Jeffrey. No Bud Selig to make sure Jeffrey progressively spent more money as gate and revenue improved. Again, SANDY ALDERSON is JEFFREY’s patsy.

    C) The MEDIA – they enable and KISS JEFFREY’s ASS. Do they lick too?

    D) The Fans – They are prey to the Pied Piper…. primed by years of intermittent Met futility conditioned first on older Met fans starting with M Donald Grant, post Al Arbour Islanders, Dolan buying the Knicks and his leadership for 18 years WITH DROUGHT OF DRAFT PICKS FOR PHIL JACKSON and the now permanent free pass to Jeffrey.

    The Mets lost the game but did we lose DeGrom. Would these etched memories of Blevins being re-signed for pitching entire innings and perpetually blowing GAMES – no bullpen help until Bruce’s contract (one year!!!!!!!!!!!!) was dumped. The only free agents signed was led by Tommy Milone. A bullpen with a disproportionate amount of pitches under 90 mph FB – over the hill Blevins and Salas approaching 35 years old.

    How many no decisions did DeGrom get in April because of no investment in bullpen for two years going!

    The 2018 Met fans will stay home, the media will wake up too late, Jeffrey’s bonds for Citi may go back to Junk status….

    At the MEDIA will stay in this brothel of just servicing JEFFREY and DOLAN….

    The Knicks will put Charles Oakley on TRIAL and JEFFREY will build hotels and starve the payroll.

    SANDY ALDERSON, SHOW SOME SELF RESPECT AND ONLY AGREE TO COME BACK AS A SENIOR ADVISOR…

    THE MEDIA WILL SHOW RESPONSIBILITY TOO LATE…
    REPORTING empirically using only past results ONLY AFTER THE DREAMS OF 2016-2020 die for the fans.

    The MEDIA to not lose their FREE tickets to Dolan’s Knick/Rangers/Concerts and summer of conveniently placed Citifield seats until football.

    So the media will only play historian.
    asking in 2021.,..,

    WHERE DID IT GO WRONG?

    The dreams of that starting five, why was it just a dream?
    Why did we do nothing when JEFFREY REFUSED SANDY MONEY IN 2017 FA AGENT SEASON?

    WHY DID THE FANS, BLOGS, MLB, MEDIA DO NOTHING?

    It is not too late…
    Wade Davis will be a FA this year…
    That is a good starting point….

    NOW WE MUST OPEN OUR MOUTHS?

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I really don’t know how you can pin anything on the fans

        1. metsdaddy says:

          Social media has its place, but the Mets never respond to it

  2. Gothamist says:

    Why did NIMMO not lead off?
    Great question!
    I will give my take after the Mets leave DC.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      It’s simple. Terry sees Reyes as a lead-off hitter

      1. Gothamist says:

        I disagree…
        Nimmo was treated poorly and needs less pressure so soon.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          Terry has been itching to get Reyes in the lead-off spot for quite a while now.

  3. Gothamist says:

    Do why did he put Nimmo there on Sunday?
    Was Reyes off?

  4. Gothamist says:

    July 4 : Speaking of day off(s):

    BATTING
    2B: Drew (6, Lugo); Raburn (1, Lugo);
    RBI: Raburn 2 (4), Lind (28)

    I SAW NO DRIVE OR WILL TO WIN TODAY, LIKE SUNDAY EITHER…

    EVERY RELIEF PITCHER ON JULY 4 SHOULD BE PUT ON WAIVERS IN NOVEMBER
    LUGO IS YOUR LONG RELIEVER…

    I hope they get a prospect for Wilmer, trade him to the AL already!
    He hits put not in the situations I need him to…

    Cespedes congratulating Bruce was too happy about breaking the slump…

    They were right, this contract was a mistake…
    Well he will be here 4 1/2 more years yet I do not see it in his ability to stir much at all… in the dugout….

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