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Cabrera’s Bunt Epitomizes The Drag That Is This Terrible Team

There isn’t much to say about this team right now.

Zach Wheeler was great shutting out the Orioles over seven innings allowing just three hits and a walk striking out five.

At the same time, the Mets were dominated by Dylan Bundy, which is at least more palatable than getting dominated by Alex Cobb.

The Mets couldn’t get two on until the seventh, and it was due to a Kevin Plawecki two out double.

Buck Showalter took advantage of an opportunity to force Mickey Callaway‘s hand by intentionally walking Adrian Gonzalez to bring up Wheeler.

Despite Wheeler’s .286 batting average, with how horrid the Mets offense has been Callaway had little choice but to try to get that runner home by pinch hitting Jose Bautista.

In a tough at-bat, where Bautista took some borderline pitches, he walked to load the bases.

Then Amed Rosario had a terrible at-bat striking out on three straight pitches ending the inning.

Worse yet, he took it into the field misplaying a Pedro Alvarez hit into an infield single.

An Adam Jones single and Manny Machado sacrifice fly later, and the Mets faced an insurmountable 1-0 deficit with Jeurys Familia facing the loss.

And just when you thought things couldn’t get worse, you got to see the epitome of the Mets offensive ineptitude.

After Brandon Nimmo singled to lead-off the bottom of the eighth, Asdrubal Cabrera went to bunt his way on. Typically, this is a smart baseball play, especially for a player in a slump because the only real downside is you move a runner into scoring position.

That is unless you did what Cabrera did, which was pop the bunt up to the pitcher who could throw it quickly to first to complete the easy double play.

So, there you have it. The Mets limited the worst team in baseball to just three runs in two games, and they got swept because they could only muster one run. Just one.

This has to be rock bottom, right?

Game Notes: Mets are contemplating releasing Jose Reyes but want to do so in a way that honors him because anytime you get a chance to honor a player who threw his wife through a glass door, you just have to do it.

3 thoughts on “Cabrera’s Bunt Epitomizes The Drag That Is This Terrible Team”

  1. Luis says:

    “So, there you have it. The Mets limited the SECOND worst team in baseball to just three runs in two games,”…Fixed that for you

  2. Gothamist says:

    Well Callaway had extra faith yesterday in Familia for you preferred him over Gsellman as your near term closer? just kidding, Gsellman did pitch the ninth.

    Cabrera playing for most clubs would almost never need to bunt but for a putrid offense getting Nimmo into scoring position — even to third with one out was smart baseball — and to me most likely inexperienced execution.

    But was it a play — bunt and run?

    I love grind baseball, I love the Joe Maddon approach and long term Gonzalez’s and Cabrera’s willingness to bunt — bunt into shifts — bunt to get a pitcher on a roll out of his rhythm — bunt to start manufacturing a run — bunting by the team leader is fantastic IMO for in the future the odds are that others will do it — however —

    Cabrera plays with emotion (that Washington loss where they needed two)
    Cabrera might not have bunted in a long time or recently had reps or practice and doing so now significantly lowered the probability of success and may have led to a pop up. A low percentage move with no practice?

    Too many pitching coaches? — a questionable bench coach possibly inappropriate for the team’s current needs, only there to help a roomie manager and a first base coach, smart for he was a GM in recent years yet I am not sure about whether he is there to work with hitting, strategy, helping Rosario with his now frequent nental lapses etc?

    Anyway, the great future add of bunting then by more players does little in the result of yesterday…..

    Yet, I never expected to win.

    Yet, we know that Callaway has had success with Matz, Wheeler, Lugo, Gsellman and believe it Sewald also… We may have to wait on the offense focused spring training until 2019…

    Showalter forcing Callaway to pinch hit — was it a forgone conclusion to even your son? Was your post a recap to be read by any reader?

  3. OldBackstop says:

    Before we sell off the players lets sell off the management.

    Callaway’s signature brag coming in was turning around the pernnially injured pitching staff, with his first move stopping any trade of Harvey. We know how that went. Then they sign Vargas, who has a 7.71 ERA. Swarzak was signed and injured….Matz has been injured. Noah is on the DL. Montero blew out his arm. Ramos looks shot. Blevins, Robles, suck. Familia has three losses. Wheeler is meh.

    So much for the magic pixie pitching dust.

    The offense has been wiped out by injuries too, of course, but the guys that are here are underperforming for the most part. Callaway is in charge of the offense too, of course. Maybe the hitting coaches oughta be canned.

    I haven’t given up, and I also am aware of all the injuries. But we have Frazier, Swarzak, Noah, Cespedes, Plawecki all back or coming backcoming back….we need to reel off a 12 for 15 streak here…The Dodger, Arizona and Colorado are all just .500 teams.. if this team is under .500 on June 24 when we finished the Dodgers series….well, I will be pissed if they do another tear down fire sale and leave the coaching staff in place.

    If we can take one from the Yanks, split the two game series with the Phils, and then win those next three series, maybe with a sweep in there, then maybe we are back in a contend mode. If we can’t get through those 16 games 10-6 or so, with much of the team back, then Callaway hasn’t earned any confidence.

    Interim (and next 20 years) manager — David Wright..

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