d’Arnaud, Bullpen, And Defense Deliver Dreadful Mets Loss

Well, after losing two in a row, Rick Porcello got to play the role of stopper for his hometown team. Initially, it didn’t look good.

After two quick outs, notorious Mets killer Freddie Freeman got the rally started with a single. That started a string of four starting singles. The last two came for Matt Adams and former Met Travis d’Arnaud. That gave the Braves a 2-0 lead when if they lowered Porcello’s ERA.

Porcello would actually settle in, and he’d put up some zeros. Thanks to a six run fifth, he’d be in position to pick up the win.

Robinson Cano, who easily had his best game of the season, led off the inning with a solo homer off Sean Newcomb to give the Mets a 3-2 lead. The Mets were far from done.

After Wilson Ramos singled, Andres Gimenez dropped down a perfect drag bunt. Brandon Nimmo would hit a single to load the bases for Pete Alonso.

Alonso walked to force in a run, and then Michael Conforto showed incredible wrist strength on a 3-2 check swing and also walked to force in a run. Yoenis Cespedes hit a two run double. The Mets then batted around with Cano hitting an RBI single increasing the Mets lead to 8-2.

You’d think the Mets should cruise, but then again, this is the Mets.

After Porcello issued a lead-off walk to Dansby Swanson, J.D. Davis just flat out dropped a fly ball. His error was dubbed the Mets worst error of the year by Gary Cohen. Instead of one on, one out, it was two on, no outs. That led to Paul Sewald replacing Porcello thereby cheating Porcello of the chance of getting the win.

Again, it was Adams and d’Arnaud hurting the Mets. Adams hit an RBI double, and d’Arnaud singles to pull the Braves within 8-4. An Austin Riley RBI groundout made it 8-5.

An Amed Rosario homer to lead off the sixth began a two run inning giving the Mets a 10-5 lead. It still wasn’t enough.

Chasen Shreve, easily the Mets best pitcher of the night still allowed a run in his two innings. On the bright side, five of his six outs recorded were strikeouts. His one non-strikeout was a great play by Gimenez

The Mets brought on Dellin Betances to start the eighth, and that’s when the wheels fell off.

Betances didn’t have it both in terms of control and stuff as he was only hitting 94 MPH on the gun. The bad inning started with a leadoff single by Adeiny Hechavarria. Then, Betances walked Ender Inciarte.

Swanson singled to pull the Braves within 10-7. Then, Betances nearly hit Freeman on a 3-0 pitch. That pitch got past Ramos. Betances was late to the plate, and he still almost got the tag down on Inciarte. In fact, it appeared he did, but replay confirmed the run.

Now, it should be noted Seth Lugo was ready, and yet Luis Rojas initially stuck with Betances. It wasn’t until the wild pitch and walk to Freeman that Lugo entered the game.

Lugo wasn’t sharp. He walked Marcell Ozuna. That was the seventh walk Mets pitchers issued and the fifth by the Mets bullpen. After Lugo got Johan Camargo to hit a shallow fly ball, d’Arnaud came up to the plate.

d’Arnaud would hit an RBI double to right center. Notably, on that play career right fielder Ryan Cordell, put in center for defense, couldn’t cut it off in time. As a result, it was a bases clearing double giving the Braves an 11-10 lead.

Of note, the Mets called up Cordell over Juan Lagares when Jake Marisnick hit the IL. Lagares cuts that ball off earlier and keeps the score tied.

Instead, the Mets fell behind. The decisive blow was delivered by their former catcher, a guy Brodie Van Wagenen cut. Last year, d’Arnaud was more productive than Ramos, and tonight, d’Arnaud was 3-for-4 with a double, walk, and five RBI.

In a nice juxtaposition, it was Ramos, who is hitting .208 this year, who flew out to end the game with the tying run at second. That saddled Lugo with the loss and the entire Mets team with an uglier loss.

This was an ugly loss which exposed the Mets bullpen and only further highlighted the team’s bad defense. When you have that, you’re going to have more than your fair share of these losses.

Game Notes: Gimenez started at third over Jeff McNeil. Mets scored 10 runs tonight. They’ve scored 12 runs in five home games.

4 thoughts on “d’Arnaud, Bullpen, And Defense Deliver Dreadful Mets Loss”

  1. oldbackstop says:

    The Mets HAVE to stop removing Davis before the game is over. Once the Braves came back, JD’s place would have led off the ninth. But he had been taken out for Ryan Cordell….who butchered the only ball the came to him in the outfield, allowing the bases to clear.

    Let’s look at JD’s year so far. Despite being *ninth* on the team in PAs, he leads the team with 6 RBIs and .560 slugging, and is tied for the lead in home runs (despite having one pulled back over the wall earlier in the year.) He trails Nimmo by one for most hits. He is second in OPS. He is second in batting average. His slash is now
    .320 .393 .560

    Yet he is *ninth* in plate appearances.

    Yes, JD made his first error of the year early in the game on a windblown fly with Rosario charging at him. Without a string of hits and a Cano error in would have done no harm in the inning.

    But that is not the point. He is the team’s best hitter, and his slashes are very similar to last years, so there is no reason to think he won’t continue to produce at an elite. He needs to be in the lineup every day, and through the full games.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I agree. They do have to stop removing Davis. They need to stop playing him all together.

      1. oldbackstop says:

        Yeah….well…..bench him….huh?…..OH!!! Can you explain again how high BABIP means JD can’t hit for average? I loved that all winter. I’ve been posting it around.

        The best was when you obsessed last July that he was in a freakish bubble with BABIP and about to collapse, and when given regular starts he slashed .335/.395/.584/.979. With regular starts in the first half, mirroring that second half would have made him….2019 NL BATTING CHAMP. Of course not so weird, since he was the 2018 AAA BATTING CHAMP.

        It is so darn difficult to search this site. My friends loved how you obsess on old standards of BABIP and ignore JD’s elite exit velocity, launch angle, home runs….do that again !!!

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