Mets Bullpen Is Bad, Cost Wheeler A Win

If you feel like you’ve seen this game before, you probably have.

After four-and-half innings. it was 5-0 Mets after homers from Asdrubal Cabrera, Devin Mesoraco, and Wilmer Flores.

The Blue Jays lost their starter Marco Estrada after a third of an inning due to an injury. Meanwhile, the Mets had Zack Wheeler straight dealing.

The first crack against him was in the fifth as old pal Curtis Granderson double home a run. After that, Wheeler settled down and put up a couple of more zeros.

In the seventh, the Mets added an insurance run on a Michael Conforto double. At that point, the Mets had a 6-1 lead, and there was no indication the Mets would Mets this up.

They did.

After an eight pitch sixth, Mickey Callaway stuck with Wheeler to start the inning with 98 pitches. With one out in the inning, Callaway pulled Wheeler after a Randall Grichuk single.

Jose Bautista in his first game back in Toronto misplayed the Grichuk single into a two base error leaving him on third.

Oddly enough, pulling Wheeler was designed to prevent things from falling apart. The only issue is the Mets bullpen is bad.

After yielding an RBI groundout, Anthony Swarzak couldn’t get another out. He uncorked a wild pitch to allow a run, and he would leave two on with a 6-3 lead for Robert Gsellman.

Gsellman took care of that by allowing a game tying three run homer to the first batter he saw – Yangervis Solarte.

For those understandably clamoring for Tim Peterson in that spot, well, today wasn’t your day.

In the eighth with the score now tied 6-6, Peterson came on, but after two outs, he walked Grichuk before allowing a go-ahead two run homer to Lourdes Gurriel, Jr.

That’s the ballgame with the finishing touch being former Met Tyler Clippard git Conforto to ground out to end the game.

Basically speaking, there is no lead the Mets bullpen can protect.

Game Notes: Dominic Smith got the start, and he played first. He was 2-4 with two doubles. Mesoraco was lifted in the seventh after getting hit by a foul ball and a swing in successive innings. So far, he has passed concussion protocols

10 thoughts on “Mets Bullpen Is Bad, Cost Wheeler A Win”

  1. Gothamist says:

    I did not see the $7m salaried Anthony Swarzak pitch last year but to throw two balls off the plate to start his first batter with two outs bases clear must mean he has a better pitch that an injury does not allow him to throw?

    Batters are hitting him at almost at .340 clip?

    This was by far Sandy’s worst move.

    I do not see any possibility that he can be moved without taking on a high salary next year.

    Possibly a second baseman can be usable next year and had in a swap?

    So it seems that Vargas will stay but if the high price is met we can see de Grom, Noah, Matz and Wheeler traded.

    I read on that they quoted Heyman and Sherman as follows:

    Nats interested in the two ticks higher, 1.10 WHIP Harvey (since trade) for 2018 and beyond. Harvey hitting 90 on his slider.

    That de Grom may be pursued by SD or the White Sox for a run next year ir in 2020.

    that the Yankees are focused on Happ.

    1. Blu2MileHigh says:

      How many prospects/young players can you absorb?
      Why take pitchers, we know that young pitchers have huge injury unknowns?

      If you have great deals for the four starters the teams reporting to have interest are mostly in the NL:


      How do you trade eith Atl or Phil?

      Here’s my take:

      Keep de Grom, Matz or Wheeler and get two MLB ready emerging plus position players for Noah, Cabrera, Familia and Blevins as a throw in on one of the deals.

      You’re stuck with Swarzak and Vargas.

      Anyone else on ths board have an overall strategy?

      1. metsdaddy says:

        You’re getting nothing for Cabrera and Blevins. You’ll get something for Familia, but I doubt it’s an emerging position player.

        As for Thor and JdG, you cannot trade them until your new front office is in place.

    2. metsdaddy says:

      Mets deserve to see Harvey pitch in the World Series

  2. Blu2MileHigh says:

    SF is reportedly not a buyer

  3. Five Tool Ownership says:

    Good luck trading all those players and getting two Gleyber Torreses and an handful of top 100 MLB prospects.
    To trade two – three starters and start a bullpen from scratch?
    Three first basemen including Alonzo, really nothing special at catcher, little speed, almost no arms in the outfield and a glut in the OF w Bruce, Cespedes, Lagares, Nimmo and Conforto with only one near peak trade value.
    What is your three year plan and how do you not let J Wilpon interfere and also appease him w gate and the folks at SNY with audience ratings?

    1. metsdaddy says:

      With the Wilpons in charge, there is no such thing as a two or three year plan

  4. Five Tool Ownership says:

    on Mike Vaccaro, Mike Puma, Joel Sherman and Ken Davidoff – there is a reason the NY Post is irrelevant and a shell of a paper it once was,..

    Mike Vacarro’s piece holding the Wilpon’s blameless was more dispicable.
    Vacarro knows better than Jeffrey and Vaccaro was allegedly either appeasing, kissing ass, doing Wilpon’s bidding or doing quid pro quo.

    If Vacarro held Micromanaging COO cheapscape Wilpon blameless and for him to be an award winner pulitzer winner? that will be his last, I assure you!

    1. metsdaddy says:

      You’re out of your mind trashing The Post and Vaccaro.

      It’s the only paper that ever dares criticize the Wilpons.

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