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Cespedes Great, Rest of Team Not So Much In Loss To Braves

With the Braves sending to the mound RHP Mike Soroka for his Major League debut, you knew this was going to be a rough game for the Mets.  The players change.  The managers change.  Even the uniforms have changed.  And yet, somehow, whenever a pitcher makes his Major League debut against the Mets, you know he is going to shut the Mets down.

For a brief second, it seemed like Soroka would be the exception.  The Mets had two on and two out, but Todd Frazier would ground out to end the threat.  From there, it was pretty smooth coasting for Soroka.  Even with he was in trouble, he would be aided by an Adrian Gonzalez double play grounder in the third and a Mets team who was 0-4 with RISP.

Really, the only blip from Soroka on the night was one pitch he threw to Yoenis Cespedes:

Even in this frustrating loss, the good news was Cespedes was still sizzling hot even after his thumb injury which forced him to leave Sunday’s game.  On the night, he was 3-4 with a run, homer, and an RBI.  In the field, he made a couple of nice plays, and he had one of those trademark Cespedes throws:

The problem with the Mets tonight was they needed more than just Cespedes.  Ideally, that would have come in the form of Noah Syndergaard.

It wasn’t to be as the Braves were very aggressive against Syndergaard with many attacking the first pitch.  To start the game, the Braves got consecutive hits from Ozzie Albies, Ronald Acuna, Freddie Freeman, and Nick MarkakisAfter that Syndergaard settled in a bit, and he gutted through six innings.  That’s what a true ace does.  Even when he doesn’t have his best stuff, he finds a way.

Unfortunately, even with him figuring a way to get a quality start, the Mets just didn’t have it.  After Soroka, Dan Winkler, who was pressed into action after a Shane Carle injury got through the seventhIn the eighth, Michael Conforto, Cespedes, and Jay Bruce failed to plate Asdrubal Cabrera, who had led off the inning with a single off A.J. Minter.

In the ninth, the Braves turned to Arodys Vizcaino for the save, and Frazier got it all started with a single that bounced just in front of the diving Markakis.  Then, the Braves did their best Luis Castillo impersonation with seemingly their entire 25 man roster incapable of fielding a pop up to right before second base.

Amed Rosario twice tried to butcher boy it, and he swung and missed both times.  He then just fanned on the third pitch of the at-bat.  Still, the runners would advance on a Vizcaino wild pitch thereby allowing Frazier to score on a Wilmer Flores RBI groundout.  With the Mets down 3-2, the game was then in Jose Reyeshands.

In a surprise to no one, Reyes failed to deliver.

Game Notes: The Mets are now 7-9 since Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki went down.  Fortunately, Plawecki is a few weeks away.

5 thoughts on “Cespedes Great, Rest of Team Not So Much In Loss To Braves”

  1. Five Tool Ownership says:

    Synderguaard MUST make the fastball his third or fourth pitch plus use it to waste on high and inside pitch. If location greatly improves the conversation can be revisited. I do not see franed FBs off the plate are going to be called strikes.

    The hitters can always foul it off, push up his pitch count if not fustrate him to throw a hittable breaking pitch as the batter’s pitch count exceeds eight or so.

    If I was AGON I would not swing for a HR at all but at least not after strike one.
    Here he had stroked the ball in SD for an opposite field HR and at home playing for a tie he tries to hit it to the Coke Seats consession stand? but twice?

    With Rosario’s slump I would have him perfect his bunting. Until everyone was nauseated.

    I did not look up to see Wilmer or Reyes’s ABATS in the ninth.

    Tell me, if there was a man on first — would they get two, a GIDP for Wilmer on Wilmer’s ground ball that “drove in” Frazier?

    There are many positives yet Rosario should never have been called up last year, Reyes and Wilmer are fillers and AGON should get more assurance from Callaway, get a lighter work load and told he can relax and focus on setting good examples.

    With guys like Reyes and expecially Wilmer on the MLB roster AGON should not be put under this pressure!

    1. metsdaddy says:

      If there was a man on first, Wilmer would’ve easily grounded into a game ending 6-4-3 double play

      1. Blu2MileHigh says:

        Frazier handed them the role modeling on a silver platter — he went from two strikes to going with the pitch for a single.

        This aint the 86 Mets that would just continue to seek out singles against a guy throwing 97-99.

        Bruce says, in a slump ? Do not change your routine or approach.

        When Wilmer ends up on waivers, not picked up immediately, signed off the forty man roster in the AL he will go down to AAA and start from scratch.

        Until then his routine stinks to high heaven amd he did hit, he hit off mediocrity,

        Where is that mediocrity when he needs it?!!!

        1. metsdaddy says:

          Wilmer is what he is – a nice bench player. I’m not sure why anyone would kill him for not being more than that.

  2. Gothamist says:

    When every Met hitter hits it where it is and EVERYONE NEVER swings for the seats only then do they have real viability.

    Bryce Harper hit a three run homer tonight, a pitch down the middle and to left field.

    Just make contact and follow thru with transfer your weight, hips whatever and let it be…

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