Another no decision day at the office for Jacob deGrom, who was NY strong with 10 strikeouts over 7 innings, giving up one earned run.
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The back of the T-Shirt should have read, “and all I got was 14 of my own men LOB, 1-8 with RISP.”
Such has been the sad story of the Mets so far this season. It’s either great starting pitching with no run support, or good offense that the bullpen can’t protect.
In the rubber match on Wednesday, it took 13 innings for the decisive blow – the painful end product of the opposing pitcher, Matt Albers, putting the bat on the ball, hustling for a double, landing on third on a wild pitch, then scoring the go ahead winning run on sac fly to center field.
On a day when newly acquired James Loney got his first hit with his new ball club, and deGrom drew two of the teams 13 walks, the Mets hit into five double plays, eking out only a single run in their long 2-1 loss.
Manager Terry Collins lamented that they’re not a small-ball team. “We don’t steal bases. We’re not a big hit-and-run team. We’re more of a get-a-good-ball-to-hit-and-drive-it kind of a team. To ask guys to do things they’re not very good at, you’re asking them to fail.”
The pressing issue is that his players, who are known for hitting long balls like American Leaguers, are not giving the Mets run production with their bigger than life bats.
Michael Conforto, their #3, and Yoenis Cespedes, #4, are both 1 for their past 22. Add the fact that David Wright, Lucas Duda, and Travis d’Arnaud are damaged goods, and rookie Ty Kelly who’s 1-9, fresh off the farm, is not cutting the Mets mustard. You have to cut Kelly some slack, but he needs to show us why he was brought up to “the show.”
Logan Verrett, who in his first three starts, made Mets fans believe that their starting pitching was an abundance of riches, has not found a lot of love in relief, falling victim to his 3rd loss.
With the Marlins in the on deck circle, one and a half games in the rearview mirror, here’s hoping that their hitting catches up to their starting pitching as they embark on a grueling 10 day road trip.