In the second start of his young career, Jameson Taillon sucked the life out of the Mets offense, taking a no hitter into the 7th, shutting down the hapless homeboys 4-0 for their 3rd straight loss.
Not the get-well gift manager Terry Collins was hoping for after his release from a one-night hospital stay in Milwaukee.
The oldest skipper in the majors doesn’t need to join the bulk of his starting line-up that’s on the DL, and the anecdote for their deficient offense may be an actual bottle of Jameson, or a dose of a player to be named later.
With Kevin Plawecki batting two percentage points over the Mendoza Line, and sporting an arm only a mother can love, the prospect of going after Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy looks like a no brainer.
His .303 BA, along with his .367 OBP, along with his ability to throw out runners and the questionable health of Travis d’Arnaud and Lucas Duda make him a great candidate behind the plate or at first. Not to mention, he’s more affordable than a luxury apartment on 5th Avenue.
As the Amazins’ continue to crawl down the rabbit hole of awful offense, guys like Alejandro De Aza, Matt Reynolds, and Kelly Johnson are not going to get it done.
And to make matters worse, Michael Conforto’s lack of seeing fastballs has put him in an awful slump and hopefully he’ll cease having trouble with the curve.
The weight of the Mets world is also riding on the shoulders of their pitching staff, who can ill afford to give up any runs in the wake of not scoring in return.
Jacob deGrom surrendered a pair of runs while striking out nine, and for his third straight start he leaves a baseball stadium with a no decision. The resilient right-hander can’t seem to catch a break or a rally from his teammates who have tallied 2 runs in his last three outings.
And on being tagged for 2 in the 6th, deGrom tried to keep it in perspective. “I try not to think about that. “That’s what all our starters do — just go out there and put up zeros, no matter what the score is. It’s a 0-0 ballgame and a mistake like that can cost you, which it did tonight.”
Next up, Noah Syndergaard hopes to keep his good fortunes alive with his 5th straight win in the second game at Citi Field, as he faces Jeff Locke, in his quest to rebound from his prior 11 run outing.