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Mets Bullpen Blows Yet Another Game

Things were looking great for the Mets. To put it in perspective, Robinson Cano had an RBI single to open the scoring.

It was 2-1 Mets after one, and Walker Lockett was looking pretty good after allowing a leadoff homer to Scott Kingery. He would settle in from there allowing just a Rhys Hoskins homer in the fourth as the two teams entered the sixth.

The lead at that time was 4-2 as Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith homered off Jake Arrieta.

That lead grew to 5-2 in the top of the sixth. The run was set up by Rosario. After hitting a one out single, he stole second, and he went to third on a throwing error by J.T. Realmuto. Rosario would score on a two out RBI single by Jeff McNeil.

Speaking of McNeil, earlier in the game, he flat out robbed Bryce Harper of an extra base hit:

Going back, it was a two out RBI single by McNeil because Mickey Callaway was told by Brodie Van Wagenen to have Lockett bat in the top of the sixth. Sure, he had a walk and a single, but that was the time to pinch hit for him. The Mets would regret not doing it.

Harper led off the sixth with a walk, which is always a bad omen. There would be runners on second and third on a Realmuto one out double. That double led Van Wagenen to have Callaway bring in Wilmer Font.

Font allowed the first inherited runner to score on a Jay Bruce RBI groundout. The other scored on a Cesar Hernandez RBI single. After that, it was back-to-back homers from Maikel Franco and Brad Miller to give the Phillies a 7-5 lead.

To make matters worse, Font responded by going way up and in on Kingery. The HBP led to both benches bring warned, the ejection of an irate Gabe Kapler‘s ejection, and the Mets bringing in Robert Gsellman.

Gsellman and Chris Flexen would combine to pitch 2.1 scoreless to give the Mets a chance to comeback in this game. For a moment, it looked like they did when McNeil hit one deep off Juan Nicasio in the eighth.

Instead of it being a game tying two run homer, it was a ground rule double. Apparently, there’s a small fence above the actual fence. Balls must clear that to be a homer. It didn’t. With the fan interference, Wilson Ramos wouldn’t get a chance to score from first (not that he would’ve anyway).

With Pete Alonso on deck, the Phillies went to Hector Neris for the four out save because, apparently, other teams allow this.

Neris would get Alonso, and he’d work his way around a Cano leadoff ninth inning double to close the door. With the loss, the Mets are a season low six games under .500. You get the sense this isn’t rock bottom.

Game Notes: Mets were 2-for 12 with RISP leaving 11 men on base. Mets June bullpen ERA is 7.44.

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  1. David Klein says:

    If Gsellman was available in the sixth why not bring him inover Font? Font has pitched decently lately and granted I had called for him to get in higher leverage spots, but if Gsellman is up in the sixth might as well use him for what was the biggest spot in the game. The offense just out early on Arrieta, who was pretty crappy but like Eflin got the undeserved win. The Mets struck early and got some insurance runs but the bullpen again betrayed them. The Mets did leave like 17 runners stranded and had their chances but couldn’t get to the injury ravaged Phillies bullpen.

    I miss the days of old like 2015 when the Mets gave Neris’ a jolly good trashing destroying his splitter, but this season they’ve had him on the ropes this year but couldn’t knock him out. Neris in the 8th came in to clean up Nicalso’s mess and actually threw Pete a bit of a hanger and Pete missed it and he’s been so great this year sometimes you have an off night and Conforto and Frazier has off nights as well, but you can’t slam them became Conforto is having a good year and Frazier has been beastly for six weeks now.

    I didn’t think Conforto had a good approach vs Neris as he saw Cano get all those fastballs and expected them too and he got splitters and chased all three way out of the strike zone. Frazier did have a good plate appearance vs Neris but neither Dom nor Ramos could get a big hit in the ninth.

    Cano had a good looking game at the plate with a walk and double and even a run scoring single but he looked really feeble at second base on a couple grounders.

    All in all when you score twelve runs in two games you should win at least one but thanks to the pen we’ve got two ugly loses and waking the Phillies up and going back into a death spiral. Brodie May refuse to take blame for the bullpen but it’s on him.

    Oh yeah the Mets advanced scouting staff must suck because Franco is trash vs everyone all year every year but has been Ted Williams vs the Mets this year.

  2. Gothamist says:

    First off, on the HR pitch to Franco —Font was given a target at the knee on the outside corner… pitch was on the inside third at the belt.

    If he can show he can hit the target in the pen, pitch him.

    Second — he was responsible for that HR, Franco did not crowd the plate in order to reach it. Todd Frazier practically kisses the plate. So with Font throwing at someone’s head, after his complete disaster in that important sixth…. Now after the bean ball — they give Font one more strike…. he pulls any more shit? He will not only get cut but what other team wants a crappy pitcher throwing 96 with little movement and he puts his own players in danger ?

    Second, Cano looked good, or better yet those three plays in the field — what is up with his lumbar, hips and knees?

    They got men on base 7-9, McNeil came two feet away from a tying HR but please why reward fan interference ?

    Gsellman had a great looking slider. Flexen looks good. When do they give Diaz innings so he is not rusty on his next save opportunity?

    You had to give Lockett the sixth, or do you take the five innings and go for six next time?

    If you put in Gsellman before the other kids, in the fifth what is the point of a bullpen? Gsellman has so many innings.

    I wish that Conforto sticks with a pitch on the first pitch and swings only on the pitch. If he expects a curve, gets it, then swings at it.

    I wish Dom would lay off low outside pitches…. take strike three or just foul it off.

    They could not knock out Arietta?

    Rosario is looking stronger and stronger and quietly he is pulling it all together.
    He will be an All Star in 2020, guaranteed.

    I would have put Font on waivers tonight or at least have Wilpon apologize to Philly ownership.

    Conforto or anyone should not lose focus and be falling behind 0-2 w RISP in the later three innings.

    Murphy got famous for driving in runners in the eighth, not just in the second.

    What is up with Cano’s skeleton ?

    His paycheck is $24m, not $20.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      With respect to Cano, he’s making $24 million, but the Mariners are on the hook for $4 million of that.

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