Mets Do Just Enough To Lose

Heading into this year’s Yankee Stadium portion of the Subway Series, the Mets had a decided advantage in starting pitching. Yesterday, that led to a win with Noah Syndergaard on the mound.

Through the first three and a half innings, it seemed like it would be the case again with Steven Matz out-pitching Sonny Gray.

Up until that point, the Mets had a 1-0 lead due to a Michael Conforto second inning homer. That lead completely evaporated in the bottom of the fourth.

It started innocuously enough with a Giancarlo Stanton leadoff single. Then with one out in the inning, Matt den Dekker would make a number of defensive miscues starting with the Didi Gregorious RBI “triple.”

Throughout that fourth, Matz would make his pitches, but his team, specifically den Dekker, wasn’t making a play behind him. All told, it was a four run inning for the Yankees.

In the sixth, Conforto would get things started with a one out walk, and Jose Bautista followed with a walk of his own. This led to Aaron Boone lifting Gray and bringing in David Robertson.

With two outs in the inning, Amed Rosario hit an RBI single that not only brought Conforto home, but it allowed Bautista to go to third. It mattered because Robertson threw away a pickoff attempt allowing Bautista to score. The rally would end there as den Dekker struck out.

The Mets would quickly see the 4-3 deficit grow and grow.

In the bottom of the inning, Miguel Andujar doubled, and Greg Bird singled him home.

It’s hard to say Matz pitched well considering he surrendered five runs, all earned, but he did. The defense was that poor.

In consecutive innings, Tim Peterson and Anthony Swarzak would surrender a run to give the Yankees a 7-3 lead.

In the ninth, it seemed like Aroldis Chapman was in to pitch his inning and let everyone get home before the rain came later tonight. The issue with Chapman was he couldn’t get an out.

After loading the bases, he walked Jose Reyes and then plunked Brandon Nimmo. Suddenly, the Mets were down 7-5 with bases loaded and no outs.

Now, it should be noted Asdrubal Cabrera should have been due up. The problem was he was ejected in the fifth after getting tossed arguing balls and strikes. When that happened, he joined hitting coach Pat Roessler who was tossed in the third for the same issue.

Cabrera was replaced in the lineup by Devin Mesoraco (as a DH). He’d face Chasen Shreve who came on for Chapman, get the most important at-bat of the game, and he’d hit into a rally killing 4-6-3 double play.

Ty Kelly would score on the play to make it 7-6. Wilmer Flores then tapped out to Shreve to end the game.

With that, the Mets did just enough to lose. Just enough.

Game Notes: Jeurys Familia was finally traded to the Athletics. Yoenis Cespedes was unavailable as he was too sore to play. As it turns out, he also needs surgery to remove calcifications in both heels. The recovery time is approximately 10 months.

0 thoughts on “Mets Do Just Enough To Lose”

  1. Gothamist says:

    Good work.
    I feel sad about lots of things.
    I am very worried about the three GMs not getting any viable prospects.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      They’re not eating anything

  2. Five Tool Ownership says:


    Here’s more from around the game…

    “The Mets pulled off a major trade Saturday in sending pending free-agent closer Jeurys Familia to the Athletics for third baseman William Toffey, right-hander Bobby Wahl and $1MM in international bonus money. Keith Law of ESPN (subscription required) isn’t impressed with the Mets’ half of the deal, writing that Toffey and Wahl are “two fringe-at-best prospects” and lambasting the big-market club for its penny-pinching ways. Law, who credits the A’s for paying next to nothing for a proven reliever, goes on to offer in-depth assessments of Toffey and Wahl in his piece.“

    1. metsdaddy says:

      No one should be impressed with that joke of a deal

  3. Blu2MileHigh says:

    Joe Girardi said to me in 2010:

    “It is tough being a Met fan”

    1. metsdaddy says:

      He was and is right

    1. metsdaddy says:

      It was an embarrassing return

  4. Patrick OHara says:

    I’m not saying Cespedes doesnt have calcification in his heels.
    But, it is interesting that this new issue (with an 8-10 month sideline date) coincides with the mets fire sale.
    This revelation (that Callaway was unaware of – which is an indictment on so many levels) eliminates Cespedes from being traded.
    I do think theres a heel issue. But. I also think Cespedes is playing the surgery card as protection from being shipped out of town.
    Knowing the mets, they wont shut him down for surgery in a lost season so hell be ready by spring training/early may. Theyll mangle this for late surgery and a lost 2019 for the team and Cespedes – but, itll be fine for ownership because theyll have insurance on it

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I’m not sure the Mets have insurance on Cespedes’ contract. Also, for what it’s worth, Cespedes has a no trade clause.

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