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Mets Mistakes Cost Them Game

Somewhere even Plaxico Burress can’t believe just how much the Mets shot themselves in the foot tonight.

Zack Wheeler walked back-to-back batters in the second, and both runners would score on a Francisco Cervelli RBI double. Cervelli is the other guy the Braves claimed this past week to build this thing other baseball teams call depth.

In the third, it was homers from Ozzie Albies and Josh Donaldson to make it 4-0. With the way the Mets have been playing, it should come as no surprise the Mets mounted a comeback.

The first run came on a rally started on a Juan Lagares double off Max Fried. Lagares has simply been great lately. Not only is he hitting (2-for-4, 2 R, 2B), but He’s also playing Gold Glove defense again. He’d double again in the fifth, and he’d score on an Amed Rosario single.

After a Joe Panik single, Pete Alonso would tie Todd Hundley‘s and Carlos Beltran‘s single season home run record:

That homer also passed Mike Piazza for the Mets single season record for homers by a RHB or for that matter a non-switch hitter.

That should’ve been the turning point. It should’ve been the point where the Mets turned things around and not only won the game but the series. Instead, the Mets just played hideous baseball.

The Braves immediately tied the score on a rally started with Todd Frazier throwing one away. That put Cervelli at second, and he’d score on a Rafael Ortega single.

The Mets had a chance to take the lead in the seventh, but Mickey Callaway and the Mets must’ve just completely stopped thinking.

Fresh off the IL, in typical fashion Jeff McNeil hit the first pitch he saw for a double. Then, despite Amed Rosario hitting .348/.384/.510 in the second half, Callaway asked him to bunt. If you think that was bad, after two bad attempts, he’d swing away and hit a grounder to short.

Instead of staying home on the ball hit in front of him, he’d break for third, and he was out as Adeiny Hechavarrias throw to Donaldson. Then, trying to make something happen, Callaway called for a hit-and-run. Panik swung and missed at the Josh Tomlin pitch, and Cervelli would throw out Rosario easily. As bad as that was, the top of the eighth would be so much worse.

Billy Hamilton, a player the Mets had no interest in adding, would hit a pinch hit single off Brad Brach setting up runners at first and second with two outs. Then, J.D. Davis screwed up big time when fielding Ronald Acuna Jr.‘s single.

Not only did he not charge the ball, but he’d flip the ball casually into the infield. This all allowed Hamilton to score from first on a single. It’s completely inexcusable from Davis . . . almost as inexcusable as the decision for a team to not claim him so they could play Aaron Altherr. That gave the Braves a 7-5 lead.

Edwin Diaz began the ninth, and he’d immediately allow a homer to Freddie Freeman. Not too long thereafter, Diaz was lifted from the game due to injury. Really bad job by Mets fans booing him in that spot. It was probably a worse moment than any other in this Mets 9-5 loss.

Now, instead of looking to win a series, the Mets are now looking to salvage a game in this series. On the bright side, they’re not loosing ground in the Wild Card race.

Game Notes: Tomas Nido did indeed sustain a concussion, and he was placed on the seven day concussion IL. He was replaced on the roster by Rene Rivera. Rivera was added to the 40 after Altherr was designated for assignment.

5 thoughts on “Mets Mistakes Cost Them Game”

  1. Oldbackstop says:

    Another souls crusher. I was at a bluegrass concert, and I checked..4-1. The led 5-5. Checked 9-5. Glad I didn’t stay home for it.

    Well, a win tomorrow means they went through the elite stretch…CLE and ATL, at 4-2. Now they have the real key matchup series in the Cubs and the Phillies. I think we are a better team than the Phillies, based in starting pitching and the facial ugliness of Harper. We can really seize control if we sweep or go 5-1 in that stretch.

  2. Oldbackstop says:

    Another souls crusher. I was at a bluegrass concert, and I checked..4-1. The led 5-5. Checked 9-5. Glad I didn’t stay home for it.

    Well, a win tomorrow means they went through the elite stretch…CLE and ATL, at 4-2. Now they have the real key matchup series in the Cubs and the Phillies. I think we are a better team than the Phillies, based in starting pitching and the facial ugliness of Harper. We can really seize control if we sweep or go 5-1 in that stretch.

  3. Oldbackstop says:

    Another souls crusher. I was at a bluegrass concert, and I checked..4-1. The led 5-5. Checked 9-5. Glad I didn’t stay home for it.

    Well, a win tomorrow means they went through the elite stretch…CLE and ATL, at 4-2. Now they have the real key matchup series in the Cubs and the Phillies. I think we are a better team than the Phillies, based in starting pitching and the facial ugliness of Harper. We can really seize control if we sweep or go 5-1 in that

  4. David Klein says:

    Your boy Mickey sure managed his butt off pitching Familia three days in a row on Friday, trying to have Rosario bunt, the stupid hit and run attempt that got Rosario thrown out and today not pinch hitting Ramos for Rivera wrisp not having Guillorme pinch hit when he’s 6-15 as a pinch hitter and contiingvto play Frazier, who has a wRC+ off 88 every day.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Callaway was terrible in this series. No way around that.

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