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Mets Loss Was Not Luis Rojas Best Managed Game

Oft times, managers catch too much blame for team losses. For example, last year, people were livid with Mickey Callaway for bringing in Seth Lugo, the best reliever in the game. That actually happened.

Then, there are times like tonight where you really have to wonder what the manager was thinking. Tonight was one of those nights for Luis Rojas.

The Mets had entered the bottom of the seventh with the game tied 3-3. Because life isn’t fair, the Mets failed to get Jacob deGrom a win.

deGrom has allowed just two runs over six innings. Both runs came in the fourth. Rafael Devers and Mitch Moreland hit a pair of doubles, and then deGrom unleashed two wild pitches allowing Moreland to score.

At that time, the Red Sox were up 2-1 with the Mets first run coming on a Dominic Smith RBI groundout with the bases loaded. The Mets would tie it in the fifth on a Brandon Nimmo homer.

In the sixth, Andres Gimenez, who got his first Major League start at short, came up huge hitting an RBI triple in the sixth. It was his first career triple and RBI. With Lugo coming in, you had to feel good about the Mets chances.

Unfortunately, Lugo hung a curve to Christian Vazquez, who hit a solo homer to tie the game. Still, it was only tied, and the Mets had a chance in the bottom of the seventh.

Jeff McNeil was hit by a pitch, and Pete Alonso singled putting two on with one out. Michael Conforto failed to deliver the RBI, but he did advance the runners. That should have brought up Smith, the team’s RBI leader up against a tired Josh Osich.

Instead, Rojas went to J.D. Davis as a pinch hitter, and the Red Sox countered with Heath Hembree. Hembree completely overpowered Davis to end the inning.

To compound the mistake of using Davis as a pinch hitter, Rojas put him in left. That proved wrong when Kevin Pillar hit a fly ball literally every other LF in baseball, Smith included, catches. But that’s what happens when you have to play very deep to accommodate insufficient range to play the position, and Davis lacks the instincts and ability to read the ball causing him to let an extraordinarily playable ball drop in front of him.

That play was all the more problematic because Justin Wilson was on fumes. To put it in perspective, this was Wilson’s fourth appearance, and this was the Mets sixth game.

He would load the bases with one out. After Wilson struck out Devers, the bad luck would start. Moreland has a swinging bunt McNeil could not cleanly pick up. Then, for some reason with Dellin Betances earning and ready in the pen, Rojas stuck with the fatigued Wilson to face the right-hand hitting Vazquez.

Vasquez hit a bleeder past a diving Alonso scoring two giving the Red Sox a 6-3 lead. After Wilson walked Alex Verdugo to reload the bases, Rojas finally went to Betances, who got the Mets out of the inning.

From there, well, the Mets did what they do best. They ripped your heart out.

Heading into the bottom of the ninth, it was 6-4 because Cespedes crushed his second homer of the season in the eighth.

The Mets didn’t build on that partially because Jose Peraza would not only rob Wilson Ramos of a base hit, but he would also start a gorgeous inning ending 6-4-3 double play.

Brandon Workman had no command whatsoever, and the Mets loaded the bases with no outs. The Mets failed to tie it.

Conforto, who struggled mightily today, struck out looking on a 3-2 pitch on the corner. After an infield single pulling the Mets to within 6-5 because Devers couldn’t make a string enough throw, Cespedes came up.

Cespedes had a poor AB swinging at a 2-0 pitch out of the strike zone and whiffing on a 3-2 flat cutter in the middle of the strike zone. That put the game in Robinson Cano‘s hands. Sadly, he lined weakly to short to end the game.

Frankly, this was an abominable loss. The game was replete with poor at-bats in key spots, and Rojas made a number of mistakes. With Rojas, this is game six for him. We can and should expect better from him.

Game Notes: Jake Marisnick was put on the IL. Ryan Cordell was called up to take his place on the roster. Jordan Humphreys was designated for assignment to make room on the 40 man roster. Alonso had a four hit game.

6 thoughts on “Mets Loss Was Not Luis Rojas Best Managed Game”

  1. Oldbackstop says:

    Rofl….every game now I try to anticipate how you will shade JD. He went 1 for 2 with an RBI off the bench. The ball he didn’t get to would have been a three hopper to Fat Dom, who would have been thrown out by three steps on the IF hit JD legged out.

    You need to talk to someone. Seriously.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      He struck out in a key spot, and his inability to field his position started the game winning rally.

      But sure, ignore that and insult Dom, the guy who has been significantly better than JD.

      1. Oldbackstop says:

        You have to realize that Dom will never be a fulltime MLB player. In his 4th season now, he has hit .214 against lefties with no power. Last year JD hit over .300 against lefties and righties, and is 6 points apart career. JD actually has UPSIDE in the outfield. He had an MLB play of The Week last year with an over the shoulder grab, and the Mets defensive play of the year gunning the BoSox runner down off the Monster. (I’d suggest Conforto in the stands but he did let the runner advance). And if he hadn’t had a ball brought back over the wall in deep center he would have the best O numbers on the team behind Conforto. (Source, Yahoo fantasy ratings)

        The best Fat Dom will ever be is a passable platoon left fielder. He needs to be traded.

        1. Oldbackstop says:

          To put the above in perspective, the weakest vet bats on the Mets roster (I’m guessing) Marisnick, Nido and Rivera, have a higher career batting average against lefties than Fat Dom. You can search for someone worse….maybe Familia or something…

          1. metsdaddy says:

            I’m not surprised you call the very fit and athletic Smith Fat Dom. It’s because you’re dumb

        2. metsdaddy says:

          Since you missed it, JD was the worst LF in the Majors last year.

          Dom is better

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