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Mets Live and Die (Lose) By The Walk

Walks kill.

There’s no better way to describe the game between the Mets and Brewers than saying walks kill.

After the Amed Rosario and Michael Conforto hit a pair of homers of Junior Guerra, the team was against the wall.

For two innings Josh Hader tore through the Mets like a buzzsaw, and Corey Knebel quickly recorded the first two outs to start the ninth.

Conforto then worked out a 3-2 walk, and Devin Mesoraco walked on five pitches. New Mets Jose Bautista came to the plate and delivered an RBI single to tie the score at 3-3.

With that Noah Syndergaard, who wasn’t at his best (again) was off the hook, and it was a brand new game.

Luis Guillorme really battled in his own pinch hitting attempt, and he drew a walk on a very borderline pitch. Unfortunately, Rosario didn’t have another big hit in him, and this game went to the bottom of the ninth and then extras.

With two outs in the tenth, Mickey Callaway made a fateful decision. Rather than letting Robert Gsellman, who has limited left-handed batters to a .178/.296/.422 batting line, he went to Jerry Blevins, who has struggled all season.

Much of what has ailed the Mets was then on display. Blevins allowed Christian Yelich to get around on a pitch and hit it to right. Most believed it was going to be the third out of the inning. Problem was Jay Bruce was nowhere near it.

Instead of being out of the inning, the Brewers had runners at first and second.

Then, instead of having Jeurys Familia at the ready, Callaway went to AJ Ramos. Ramos then proceeded to walk the next two batters giving the Brewers a walk-off wall-off win.

In the record books, Gsellman was tagged with the loss. Really, this was a combination of Callaway, Blevins, Bruce, and Ramos, who earned this one.

Game Notes: Brandon Nimmo‘s eight straight appearances reaching base ended with him going 0-5 with a strikeout. Leading off the ninth, Wilmer Flores was called out for running into his own batted ball, a ball that was clearly foul. That play is not reviewable.

2 thoughts on “Mets Live and Die (Lose) By The Walk”

  1. Blu2MileHigh says:

    I believe that Ramos, Blevins and Familia, one or two or three of them, in thei 2018 walk years will be better in other pastures.

    Famila is now an 7-8th inning guy, Ramos a 6th, 7th and Blevins trying to figure out some role with a MLB club.

    I hate to put Drew Smith in to lose confidence but these three are not going to succeed as closers or current 8th inning roles.

    Any time a pitcher does not have a pitch that consistently breaks into the zone, almost everytime away from Broadway, hit the borders of the strike zone consistently or has a virtually unhittable pitch that can be thrown without any self doubt..

    Yes, first strikes are winderful, low HR rates crucial but these walks show little confidence or recognition that they can not spot at will or have an fantastic off speed offering..

    Let us damgle all three and wait for the right deal and pull the trigger and trade all three.

    The other option is that Blevins never pitches the 8th, Ramos ditto and Familia is not the closer anymore.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Familia is still a terrific closer.

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