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Inexplicably Bad Loss And Performance Against Royals

Noah Syndergaard pitched perfectly well. Through four, he allowed just one hit. It’s the fifth where he got into trouble allowing back-to-back doubles to Meibrys Viloria and Nicky Lopez in what was a two run fifth for the Royals.

Before that fifth, Syndergaard appeared poised to shut out the Royals. It’s what the Mets needed to because the Mets couldn’t do anything against Mike Montgomery and the Royals bullpen, which is bizarre considering Montgomery entered the game with a 5.19 ERA, and the Royals bullpen had a 4.68 ERA.

It would take Whit Merrifield dropping a throw on what could’ve been a Pete Alonso GIDP to set up a Michael Conforto RBI single. That’s it. That was the extent of the offense.

After that third inning, the Mets offense could only muster two hits and one walk with no runners reaching scoring position. With the exception of Amed Rosario and J.D. Davis, each of whom were 2-for-4, it seemed no one brought their bats without them from Atlanta to Kansas City.

The 2-1 lead grew to 4-1 with Brad Brach having his first bad outing as a Met loading the bases with no outs in the eighth. For some reason, Mickey Callaway thought it wise to bring in Edwin Diaz.

Like last night, Diaz walked the first batter he faced, Brett Phillips, forcing in a run. He then allowed an RBI single to Bubba Starling. By some miracle, a Ryan O’Hearn long fly went just foul. If not, it would’ve been the 8-1 it was for a moment before the replay overturned the grand slam.

After O’Hearn then struck out in that at-bat, Vitoria hit into an inning ending double play. We could say it kept things to a manageable three run deficit, but who are we kidding?

Not even when the Mets loaded the bases in the ninth with Rosario up could you have had faith. His game inning fielder’s choice confirmed that.

It was an inexcusable performance against a very bad 43-78, sorry 44-78, Royals team. Syndergaard took the loss for the penalty of only going six snapping his six start streak of pitching 7.0+ innings.

But hey, when you need to make it up to Ruben Tejada for missing the rest of the 2015 postseason, you have to do it even if it means DHing your best infield defender. Maybe now that the Mets took this loss, he can be designated for assignment for literally anyone else in Syracuse.

Game Notes: After allowing four homers last night, Drew Gagnon was optioned back to Syracuse, and the Mets selected the contract of Paul Sewald. To make room for Sewald on the 40 man roster, Tim Peterson was designated for assignment.

3 thoughts on “Inexplicably Bad Loss And Performance Against Royals”

  1. Blair M. Schirmer says:

    —It’s unfortunate that the shape of tonight’s loss was entirely predictable. A 7 man team (10, if you want to stretch definitions) just can’t win the modern game, yet that’s the team Wags built. He claimed to be building with an eye to depth, yet the following wasn’t even the Mets bench. It was actually six to nine in their lineup, including the DH: Lagares at .210, Panik .239, Nido .200, Tejada .000. Only Panik has an OBP above .280.

    Ruben Tejada… at .000. Is this the first August in MLB history when a team ran out a DH hitting zero zero zero?

    Add in Frazier and even their #5 hits .233 with a below league average bat. Altherr’s batting average slid all the way down to .074 last night. Guillorme’s floundering at .184. You can’t contend with a team built like this.

    Maybe the worst of this is how predictable it was. Last year the Mets good players were good enough to drive the team to the postseason. This year the Mets good players are good enough to drive the team to the postseason. Both years, and in many years past, the Mets front office has had neither the wit nor the skill to put proper depth in place around those good players, and at least hold the line with replacement level players when worse comes to worse. Same story, different year. And next year promises to be more of the same, with a worse rotation, a worse 3Bman, and a significantly worse farm system.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Altherr and Tejada have no business on a MLB roster. There is literally nothing they can provide a team.

  2. David Klein says:

    The Mets have had some ugly loses this but geez this is one of the most frustrating. The abhorrent hitters in the Royals order were able to get key hits in the fifth while the Mets bottom five hitters were absolutely pathetic. Frazier has gotten some key hits this year, but he’s been mediocre offensively this year with a wRC+ in the 90’s while Lagares had a good road trip and all has been one of the worst hitters in baseball this year and has never hit much then there’s Panik who got dfa’d after two bad offensive seasons and Nido who can’t hit a beach ball to save his life and Tejada who hasn’t hit in 4-5 years.

    The bottom of the eight was something else with Mickey not going to Lugo in a one run game or to Diaz for a clean inning but then he brought Diaz in to the game with the bases loaded and no one out in an impossible situation made worse by Diaz’s control and homer issues. Mickey needs his fucking head examined. How is this guy employed?

    What a golden chance to get within one game of the wild card wasted by bad hitting, bad managing, and bad bullpening.

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