Vargas Raises ERA, Not Game In Bad Loss To Brewers

After a heartbreaking loss, the Mets immediately responded in the first, and it all began with a Brandon Nimmo leadoff walk.

All nine Mets would bat in the top of the first against Brewers starter Brian Anderson, and things were going so well Jose Reyes would draw a bases loaded walk to expand the Mets lead to 3-0.

Of course, that was not nearly a big enough lead for Jason Vargas, who immediately surrendered the lead in the bottom of the first.

In subsequent innings, Nimmo and Michael Conforto would homer to recapture the lead at 5-3. Of course, in the bottom of the third, the Brewers tied the score again.

That would be it for Vargas. He lasted just three innings allowing five earned on six hits. With his performance, he managed to raise his 9.87 ERA to 10.62. So much for pitching well against a bad Marlins team.

After that, the Brewers beat up on Jacob Rhame (1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 2 K) and AJ Ramos (0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB, K, HR).

Chris Flexen, who has been frozen out for over a week by Mickey Callaway, was finally allowed to pitch 2.1 mop up innings. He’d struggle too allowing seven runs (three earned) on eight hits.

After all was said and done, the Mets lost this game 17-6, and with Flexen, they lost a potential option to start in Monday’s doubleheader.

Remember, the Mets lead this one 3-0 before the Brewers even picked up a bat. This is as bad and inexcusable a loss as you get in a season full of those.

Game Notes: According to Callaway, with Amed Rosario getting the day off, Reyes started over Luis Guillorme because Reyes was the better shortstop. Jerry Blevins pitched well not allowing a hit over 1.1 scoreless innings.

0 thoughts on “Vargas Raises ERA, Not Game In Bad Loss To Brewers”

  1. Five Tool Ownership says:

    I would seriously recommend that you STOP TALKING ABOUT PITCHING STRATEGY!
    e.g. Flexen lost as a possible starter for Monday’s DH….

    Did hou estch him pitch in the PCL this year?!

    1. metsdaddy says:

      If you want me to stop talking pitching strategy, please advise who starts on Monday, and then advise me if that pitcher has pitched better or worse than Flexen this year.

      1. Five Tool Ownership says:

        Flexen had improved.

        Looks like Nabil Crismatt who has not pitched well recently would be a candidate to start.

        Drew Smith has looked great (Duda deal) and I would start him and pitch him 2-4 innings then do it by commitee including the possibility of innings for Corey Oswalt who had looked better or bringing back Flexen to preserve Lugo and Gsellsman.

        Nabil Crismatt (I know nothing but his respectable traditional stats) seems to be a better choice than any other Vegas starter. Nabil has had three subpar outings in a row.

        Oswalt, Smith, Crismatt –

        Drew Smith seems to be coming into his own…. (trad stats)

        1. metsdaddy says:

          If you know nothing of Crismatt, who is. Double-A pitcher with a 4.55. ERA in May, why are you telling me to stop talking pitching strategy?

  2. Five Tool Ownership says:

    Wilmer continues to show he is respinding to coaching… kudos Wilmer!
    This Reyes lefty hitting approach, opening up shoulder, swinging indiscriminately at the ball is appalling….
    I really want Rhame to succeed.
    Flexen did show improvement in AAA but I have nnothing on his scouting report.
    Gonzalez is making contributions but enough?
    Give Cabreras some innings ar first base?
    Bruce, will you adjust to the pitching inside?
    At least Vargas did not get hit too hard.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Flexen is Flexen. When the curve is working, and he’s throwing strikes, he’s good. When he doesn’t have his curve, he’s getting hit hard.

      In some ways, I liken it to Isringhausen. When Izzy was a starter, you knew how the start would go by that third curve.

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