Mets Bullpen Predictably Implodes In Bullpen Game

With the Mets not really stretching out Seth Lugo, he was limited to just four innings in today’s start.

Well, the four innings he was able to give the Mets were terrific. He allowed just three hits while striking out three. However, as he hasn’t truly been stretched out, he was done after 60 pitches.

Enter Hansel Robles.

Robles is as maddening a pitcher as they get. Like in his last appearance, you get three great innings. The next, well, he’s pointing to the sky.

That’s actually something he’s done more than any Mets reliever despite his DL stint and his shuttling between Queens and Las Vegas.

Well, he issued a leadoff walk to Kyle Schwarber. Schwarber should’ve popped out in the at-bat, but with the shirt, no one was near the ball at first. Mesoraco made his way over, but he couldn’t corral it.

even after retiring the next two, he allowed a two run homer to Ben Zobrist giving the Cubs a 2-0 lead.

Heading into tonight’s game Cubs starter Jose Quintana might’ve had a 4.78 ERA, but in half of his starts he allowed one run or fewer. Basically, he’s been either really good or really bad.

Considering how the Mets can’t score at home or hit left-handed pitching, you knew he’d have a really good night.

He did just that allowing no runs on three hits and two walks while striking out six in six innings.

With Jerry Blevins allowing the left-handed Schwarber plate Javier Baez, who hit a two out double, the Cubs extended their lead to 3-0.

That became a 4-0 lead in the seventh as once again Buddy Baumann has difficulty getting anyone out. With a run already home, he left the bases loaded with two outs for Scott Copeland, who struck out Baez to get out of the jam.

Despite Copeland getting out of the jam, and finally giving the Mets a chance to get back into the game.

Brandon Nimmo responded by hitting a solo homer in the eighth off Brian Duensing to close the gap to 4-1. Who else would deliver on National Smile Day?

That hit was the Mets first since the third inning.

The Mets bullpen would be at it again with Gerson Bautista giving that Nimmo run right back.

Of note with the Bautista appearance, Bautista there was a wild pitch and a “passed ball.” Both occurred with Devin Mesoraco behind the plate. It could’ve been due to Bautista having a wild and live arm Mesoraco being hit in the head with a long follow through earlier in the game, both, or neither. In any event, it’s something worth monitoring.

In the game, the Mets used five relievers and four of them allowed runs. That’s how you lose 5-1 and drop to .500 . . . again.

Game Notes: David Wright began baseball activities playing catch in the outfield before that game.

14 thoughts on “Mets Bullpen Predictably Implodes In Bullpen Game”

  1. Julian says:

    Another disappointing loss due to the bullpen!
    As always, thank you for the game recap.

    I kept re-reading the sentence “…but with the shirt, no one was near the ball at first” trying to figure out which/whose shirt was involved until I realized it was a “shift” and not a “shirt.”
    It’s been a long day…

    1. metsdaddy says:

      It has been a long stretch for all Mets fans

  2. Blu2MileHigh says:

    Until we find a reliever with a FB with movement that a pitcher can also locate:

    Let start this way…

    His #1 offering is not the FB
    He will spot the FB to set up his #1 pitch
    Setting it up would mean : changing eye level, pitching inside to protect the outside corner, changing speeds etc…

    So why is this kid Bautista here?

    If Bautista needs to develop his secondaries, needs to learn to change hitter’s perspective — he better have a FB he can locate if not that FB has to have movement. He better be consistent and behind in the count get strikes consistently away from Broadway….

    He must learn that MLB hitters can hit it out and time to go back to Binghamton to throw the FB anywhere but not down Broadway.

    Anything is better that HR happy Robles where a one run differential on one pitch deflates 30,000 fans at Citifield.

    How do you bring Robles in, the seventh inning, losing 3-2, men on first and second, two outs and he pitches it up in the middle third of the plate, 94 or 96 it gets hit out and the Mets are down 6-2. How many times has he given up that type of HR?

    I assure you by September that Jacob Rhame will be your man who does anything but that.

    Now it is Sewald’s and the catcher’s jobs to fix Sewald’s pitch sequences.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Bautista is only here because the Mets need fresh arms. Really, he has no business pitching in the majors right now.

  3. Five Tool Ownership says:

    Baumann did keep the ball low and Copeland has a deceptive slider….

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Baumann looks like a guy whose lost it.

      Copeland is a career minor leaguer.

      1. Gothamist says:

        Baumann looked very focused and gave it everything he had.
        This was a formidable lineup and the results were in my view quite predictable.
        If Baumann, Robles, Blevins and Copeland imploded it would have been 12-1.
        I see Copeland as calm, collective and I see it as that he will add MLB effectiveness.
        Baumann topping out at 90 mph must have a plus pitch against lefties, does not appear that way though I give him credit for his hardwork.
        I guess I am a NY fan, I applaud effort.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          Applaud effort all you want. When you allow five runs, or a run per every inning pitched, the bullpen imploded.

  4. Five Tool Ownership says:

    I look at every player has their own continuum and the guy I used to expect to be in a different place, batting with two outs no one on or bases loaded with two strikes is Michael Conforto.

    It is great to see a replay of his majestic swing follow through yet with that upper cut angle, its length and torque those individual swing components seems to not change an iota with two strikes.

    Hey Keith, please chime in….

    I do get disappointed when Blevins can not get his only batter out but with Conforto I now expect little when the team really needs him.

    Upper cut, long, high torque, hitting way south of .200 against lefties I see a need for a paradigm shift…..

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Conforto reached base in the ninth inning tonight . . .

      1. Gothamist says:

        Nimmo will fight for starts when Cespedes returns.
        Maybe Conforto needs time for passion does not appear to be a driver.
        Nimmo took his poor results against lefties and he got hs two bagger and HR.
        Do we know his ceiling?
        Well he is not a five tooler …. we know his arm strength and accuracy does bring concern… not that Conforto has improved his throwing so far this year.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          Conforto came back MONTHS earlier from a severe shoulder injury. Calling out his passion is absurd and unfair.

          1. Gothamist says:

            Conforto is mellow, laid back and reserved. He does have passion for excellence, he does not seem to have an outgoing social, expressive type of passion that some players have….

            Scott Frazier offers an outgoing passion. Familia is expressive after an inning or at the moment of the save where Gsellman is more like Conforto.

            I feel you were too quick to make a judgement. (“absurd and unfair”).

            I feel disappointed that you have many players that you never criticize despite their processes (Conforto’s upper cut high torque swing, long follow through with two outs and two strikes which has nothing to do with the memory of new muscle).

            I get disappointed that you seem to be summarily dismissive other’s preference for goals of teams that win World Series.

            Such as team’s SBs, catcher’s steal percentage, small ball like the Cub’s used last night, dismissive of more situational hitting and less succeeding by HR goals.

            That you defend certain players with a teflon approach, seemingly focus on pitching, never hit on RISP, clutch states or hitting as a team after inning six, negative team run differential where you defend potentially missed opportunities to score more like you said Monday that six runs were enough and you seem to never offer any criticism of these players when they consistently under preform in clutch circumstances and when stats are thrown you way you say I do not care about that stat but rarely offer any alternative stat.

            Cespedes, Flores, Conforto, Rosario.

            You beat up on Gonzales, Cabrera seemingly never offer complements to them just restricted to a gane or ABAT.

            So if Conforto did come back early yet he is not as accurate with his throws to the plate, his clutch STATs are questionable, hitting lefties virtually uselesd, his production is lower you will never hint that he should rest more or that you are earnedtly await for the old Conforto.

            It is like these production stats (KPIs) will never get mentioned by these players until they are criticized by others. Then defend with “I do not care much for that stat” “He came back early from his injury”

            There are free passes to Conforto but to Cabrera he stopped Rosario’s career last June, for his fielding made him expendable, his reaction to Collins questionable approach was unequivocally me only and team last…

            You seem to want it both ways

          2. metsdaddy says:

            I try to take a big picture approach with everyone.

            Is Conforto underperforming? Absolutely. However, he was also rushed back after a devastating injury. On top of that, he’s playing out of position.

            As for Cabrera, this season, I’ve lauded his play time and again calling him the MVP of the team. I’ve done that despite all he did to help tank last season, which he absolutely did.

            With respect to Cespedes, I have no idea where you’re coming from as there are very few Mets fans who rip his effort level more than I have.

            Really, overall, I think you’re gleaning what you want instead of focusing on what I’m saying.

            Honestly, I don’t remember the last time I’ve said a negative thing about A-Gone. In fact, I pointed out how the Braves were paying him to beat up on them.

            As for Flores, my “defense” of him is he’s a bench player who continues to make improvements.

            Now, if Flores was an everyday player, the critique would have to change as the expectation level changes.

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