3 takeaways from the Mets’ series loss to the San Francisco Giants

May 12, 2024; New York City, New York, USA;  New York Mets relief pitcher Reed Garrett (75) delivers a pitch during the sixth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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After being swept by the Cleveland Guardians, the Mets returned to Citi Field for a 10-game home stand that began with a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants.

Mets lose series to the San Fransisco Giants

MLB: San Francisco Giants at New York Mets
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The Mets’ bats were awake in game one, hitting three home runs for the third straight game, and entered the top of the eighth with a 6-2 lead before the Giants mounted a comeback. The Giants scored five runs to take the lead, capped off by a grand slam from Patrick Bailey. A Mike Yastrzemski solo shot in the top of the ninth would prove crucial, as, despite Francisco Lindor’s RBI single, the Mets would fall 8-7.

Game two was a pitchers’ duel until Edwin Díaz blew another save, and the game was forced into extras. The Giants would jump on Sean Reid-Foley in the top of the 10th, scoring five runs and winning 7-2. The Giants’ bullpen would blow it game in three as the Mets would score three in the bottom of the ninth as Omar Narváez’s first hit at Citi Field since September 30, 2023, walked it off for the blue and orange.

Reed Garrett returns to Earth

While the Mets’ season thus far has been full of disappointments, the emergence of Reed Garrett has been one of the few bright spots. However, it appears Garett’s Linsanity run may be coming to a conclusion. The 31-year-old got shelled by the Giants, allowing five runs, four hits, and walked a batter over one inning of work. Hopefully, Garrett can return to form, but it may be time for the Flushing Faithful to temper expectations for the journeyman reliever.

Luis Severino could bring in a haul for the Mets

New York Mets starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) warms-up during workouts at spring training
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The Mets have been without ace Kodai Senga for the entirety of the campaign, but the resurgence of Luis Severino has filled the void. Severino pitched seven strong innings against the Giants, allowing just two hits and one run while walking three and striking out six. Severino is just on a one-year deal and could lead to the Mets cashing in at the trade deadline if they feel the 30-year-old won’t sign an extension.

Edwin Díaz’s closing disasters continue

After being demoted out of the closer role and pitching a scoreless inning on Friday, Díaz got a chance to close on Saturday and blew it again. Díaz blew his fourth save, allowing two hits and a run across one inning pitched. The Puerto Rican native may be getting paid like the best closer in baseball, but he hasn’t performed like it. Carlos Mendoza needs to seriously consider demoting Díaz until his confidence returns.

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