Dodgers Continue To Own The Mets As They Take Game One, 4-1

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The New York Mets were supposed to compete on the same level as the Los Angeles Dodgers when Steve Cohen bought them, but that has been far from the case this year. The Dodgers bullpen outmatched the offense, and Taijuan Walker could not rekindle his success from last week in the 4-1 loss.

Walker battled through six-inning, allowing four runs, and struck out four batters. His velocity was great as he hit 97 mph on multiple occasions but ran into trouble navigating the elite Dodgers lineup. Will Smith continued to torture the Mets as his second-inning double set up a second and third situation with no one out. Smith and Seager both ended up scoring on a ground out to get an early 2-0 lead. In the fifth, familiar faces Billy McKinney and Trea Turner took care of the final two runs. McKinney doubled to the left-center gap, and Turner’s seeing-eye single snuck by a shifted Jeff McNeil.

The More The Merrier 

Manager Dave Roberts threw the gauntlet by using seven different pitchers in the bullpen game. They did a terrific job shutting down the offense all night. The Mets were held to just one run and the same amount of extra-base hits. J.D. Davis was responsible for both as his RBI double was the only tally they had on the night. Blake Treinen was dominant as ever in the ninth by striking out the side to complete the save.

The loss is the sixth in the last seven games and puts them five games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves. Carlos Carrasco will take the mound against Walker Buehler as the Mets look to beat the Dodgers. The first pitch from Dodger Stadium is scheduled for 10:10 p.m. ET.

Mets Losing Streak Gets To Three After 5-4 Loss Against Marlins

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The New York Mets Achilles heel is bad baseball teams because they play down to their level. Consistent losses to the Pittsburgh Pirates were the beginning and now losing two straight to the Miami Marlins continues the trend. Taijuan Walker could not get out of his pitching slump and fell victim to the home run again in the 5-4 loss.

Walker was getting beat by good hitters throughout his slump but tonight was the opposite. Alex Jackson was 3-for-47 with one extra-base hit in his big league career but took Walker deep to center field to open up the Marlins scoring. Isan Diaz is a .175 career hitter but also homered off him for the second run. To cap off the scoring off Walker, Bryan De La Cruz, who was 1-for-14 to start his career, had three hits, including a two-run single. Seth Lugo allowed the Marlins to get an insurance run in the bottom of the eight, and it turned out to be the one that saved the Marlins’ win.

Walker still made it through 5.2 innings with the four earned runs but also allowed eight hits. The two home runs allowed pushed Walker’s total to seven in his last three starts after allowing six in his first 17 starts. Regression from his All-Star form or not, there is no reason for the Marlins lineup to hit him around this easily.

Playing From Behind

Offensively, each run the Marlins scored felt like five due to the disappointing bats. They mustered just four hits to get their three runs and went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position. James McCann‘s double brought the Mets within one and put him as the tying run at second, but Brandon Drury could not keep his pinch-hitting magic alive. Drury lined on about 10 feet foul before grounding out to shortstop to end the game. J.D. Davis was once again the Mets’ best hitter as he provided a two-run double to keep his average over .300.

Luis Rojas tried to inject some life into his team after getting ejected to end the seventh inning, but it was a failed attempt. The lack of focus on offense showed when McCann swung at a 3-0 pitch in the eighth as the tying run. The frustration went beyond the manager as Javy Baez showed his after flying out to end the eighth. Baez was chirping at home plate umpire Stu Scheurwater after Baez felt he was talking junk to him. The loss shrinks the Mets NL East lead to just 1.5 games after the Philadelphia Phillies won.

When Carlos Carrasco faces Zach Thompson, the Mets hope to right the ship and end the losing streak on Wednesday. Like the first two games, the first pitch is scheduled for another 7:10 p.m. ET start from loanDepot Park.

 

Mets Game Preview (7/17/21) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (35-56)

The New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates return to the field as the Mets try to develop the formula to beat a rebuilding team. After last night’s loss, the Mets have lost three of their five games to the second-worst team in the NL. Weather permitting, the first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET start from the scenic PNC Park.

The lineup features the return of J.D. Davis to the four-hole, and the Mets desperately need his offense. Francisco Lindor has landed on the 10-day IL with an oblique strain, and the team offense has continued to struggle. Davis was red hot during his rehab assignment with four home runs. He also has the longest home run of his career at PNC Park when it came off Joe Musgrove in 2019.

The Pirates have had the Mets number and have even started commotions with them. John Nogowski and Marcus Stroman‘s fight led to Drew Smith being dragged into the situation. Smith told Stroman he was a “clown,” which Stroman told the media after the game. It is unlikely, but there is always a chance of retaliation in the air with situations like these.

Pitching Matchup

Tylor Megill makes his fifth career start and is still searching for his first major league win. He has not gone past the fifth inning in any of his starts but has a 3.50 ERA and a very impressive 26 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched. During his last start against the Pirates, Megill pitched 3.2 innings and allowed one run with seven strikeouts in a seven-inning game.

Wil Crowe gets the ball for the Pirates, and it has been a struggle for him all season. He has a 6.05 ERA in 55 innings and has allowed 12 home runs this season. Crowe has only gone past the fifth inning once in 12 starts and has pitched between four and five innings over his last six starts. If the Mets can get started early, this is a good opportunity to get their offense finally on track.

FOCO Releasing New York Mets Cookie Club Series 2 Bobbleheads

As promised, FOCO is back with another fantastic set of bobbleheads for New York Mets fans. The bobbleheads are part of their New York Mets Cookie Club Series, which dropped last week. This second round of bobbleheads features club members Jeff McNeil, Dominic Smith, and J.D. Davis.

The set of 221 bobbleheads are priced at $50 each; all show the uniqueness of each player. Davis and McNeil have their trademarked finishes on their swings while Alonso is in his relaxed batting stance at the plate. If you have not purchased the first series yet, make sure to get those as well. Both series are hot commodities, so make sure you can pre-order them before they run out!

Mets Game Preview: (4/27/21) vs. Boston Red Sox (14-9)

After getting Monday off, the New York Mets return to action at Citi Field against the Boston Red Sox. They play the first of two against a Red Sox team that has shocked many throughout baseball to begin the season. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET from Queens.

The Mets offense had its ups and downs during their series win against the Washington Nationals. They went from sinking to the bottom of the ocean to treading water enough that they could survive. J.D. Davis and Brandon Nimmo have continued to lead this offense, but it is slowly starting to get more help. Pete Alonso was 4-for-8 with three walks and a home run after he homered twice in Chicago. It is evident that Alonso is becoming more comfortable at the plate and starting to get into a groove.

Exceeding Expectations

The Red Sox are one of the true underdog stories in the American League. They join the Kansas City Royals and Oakland A’s as teams no one expected to hold first place at the end of April. Their offense leads MLB with 213 hits, 54 Doubles, a .276 batting average, and a .455 slugging percentage. All of that equals the Sox being second in runs scored in baseball. Combine all of that with average pitching, and you have their formula for success.

The big three of J.D. Martinez, Xander Bogaerts, and Alex Verdugo are the key parts of their offense. All are in the top-3 in the team’s offensive categories, and Martinez is tied for the AL lead with seven home runs. Since joining the Red Sox in 2018, Martinez has only played 104 games in the outfield due to his poor defensive ability. Despite the defensive shortcomings, it is hard to keep a bat as hot as Martinez’s on the bench.

Pitching Matchup

David Peterson gets the start against the team he made his MLB debut against. Peterson started strong in his last start against the Chicago Cubs but failed to get out of the fourth inning. He allowed six runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks in just 3.1 innings pitched.

Garrett Richards makes his fifth start of the season but has failed to give the Red Sox length in his first four outings. He has not pitched longer than five innings, and his inability to throw strikes is why. Richards has allowed 13 walks in 16.2 innings and has thrown just 58% of his pitches for strikes. In his last start, he threw 92 pitches, and only 48 were strikes. The Mets have the fourth-best on-base percentage in MLB, which should be a good matchup for them.

Matchups To Lookout For

Garrett Richards vs. Francisco Lindor: 1-for-8 (.125), Walk, 5 Strikeouts

David Peterson vs. Kevin Plawecki: 2-for-2 (1.000), Double

David Peterson vs. J.D. Martinez: 0-for-3 (.000), 2 Strikeouts

Mets: JD Davis keeps producing with the bat, but is a problem with the glove

After a highly productive season with the bat in which they were among the very best offenses last year, the New York Mets, before Monday’s games, are more middle-of-the-pack this time around.

Per Fangraphs, the Mets are 11th in weighted Runs Created Plus, or wRC+, in the early going, with an even 100. Basically, the team has been average with the bat, which is somewhat disappointing considering the obvious talent on the roster.

Players like Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto, Francisco Lindor, JD Davis, Dominic Smith, James McCann, Jeff McNeil, and Brandon Nimmo, all extremely talented offensive performers, play for the Mets.

Yet the team hasn’t been able to fully get going at the plate. Stars like Lindor, Conforto, and Smith have been cold to start the season.

One player that hasn’t had any kind of offensive isues is Davis. The third baseman has really struggled on the field, so much that the Mets often use Luis Guillorme, a superior defender, to man the hot corner. Even routine plays seem complicated to Davis, who is virtually a designated hitter in a league without one.

Davis is one of the very few Mets currently swinging the bat well

But boy, he can rake. Even though he missed several games with a left hand contusion after being hit by a pitch in the Mets’ second game of the season, Davis has virtually carried the offense in the last few days.

Davis is hitting .414/.485/.690 with a Mets-leading 222 wRC+. He has two homers and six RBI, and he had one of the best games of his career on Sunday: 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored, and two RBI.

If Davis keeps playing so well with the bat and so poorly with the glove, he will put the Mets in a difficult position. In the past, he has tried the outfield, but that’s also crowded. If Smith and Conforto keep struggling, perhaps Davis could start seeing some starts back there. For now, the Mets will have to deal with Davis’ unique, yet problematic profile at third base with no DH to hide his glove.

Mets Game Preview: (4/23/21) vs. Washington Nationals (7-9)

The New York Mets return home to Citi Field to rebound from their ugly three-game sweep at the hands of the Chicago Cubs. They face the Washington Nationals, who struggled early but have rebounded to put themselves within one game of first place in the NL East.

The 7-7 Mets would like to flush the “s— sandwich” of a sweep, as Pete Alonso called it, to get their groove back at home. They were just 3-for-20 with runners in scoring position in the three losses, and none of their starting pitchers complete four innings. Their defense was somehow worse by making six errors in the series, half belonging to J.D. Davis at third base.

Unfortunately, Davis is the only healthy player who is hitting well. He is 8-for-18 (.444) on the season and 2-for-4 (.500) w/RISP. On the bright side, his defense cannot get much worse, and we should expect to see him handling the hot corner once again. Brandon Nimmo is still day-to-day with hip stiffness and is a game-time decision for Friday’s game.

The Nationals come off a series win against the St. Louis Cardinals, where they won the final two games of the series. The Mets will avoid a few of their key players like Juan Soto, Jon Lester, Wander Suero, and Stephen Strasburg are all on the IL. Max Scherzer will not take the mound this weekend because he pitched during the series against the Cardinals.

Trea Turner leads the Nationals offense with a .302 average, four home runs, and five stolen bases. Brad Hand has been an anchor in the bullpen with six shutout innings, and three perfect save attempts to begin his Nats career. The Nationals have one of the weaker offenses in baseball. They have 55 runs scored (29th), 14 home runs (28th) but have a .253 team average (T-4th).

Pitching Matchup

Jacob deGrom takes the mound after a very dominant outing against the Colorado Rockies. In six innings, deGrom struck out 14 for the second consecutive start, fanning nine in a row at one point. He allowed three runs, but all of them were unearned, which helped lower his ERA to 0.45, the second-best in MLB. deGrom has always had success against the Nats with a 2.61 ERA in 20 career starts.

Erick Fedde gets the start for the Nationals and is coming off back-to-back solid outings. He combined for 9.2 innings, allowing two runs, and struck out 14 in that span. Fedde won’t provide much distance in the game because opposing hitters hit .328/.400/.648 the third time they face him. He has a 5.19 ERA in 26 innings against the Mets in his career, and he will have a tall task to keep the Nationals in the game with deGrom on the mound.

Matchups To Lookout For

Erick Fedde vs. Jeff McNeil: 5-for-7 (.714), Double, Walk, Strikeout

Erick Fedde vs. Michael Conforto: 3-for-7 (.429), Home Run, Strikeout

Jacob deGrom vs. Starlin Castro: 11-for-36 (.306), 2 Doubles, 2 Walks, 5 Strikeouts

Jacob deGrom vs. Ryan Zimmerman: 5-for-27 (.185), 2 Home Runs, 9 Strikeouts

Mets Offense Chokes in Extra Innings During 4-3 Loss

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The “Friendly Confines” of Wrigley Field were quite the opposite for the New York Mets as they dropped all three games to the Chicago Cubs. Unlike their 16-4 loss the previous night, the Mets a great chance to win this game. They had a runner on third with no outs and bases loaded with one out in the 10th but failed to take the lead. In the bottom half, the Cubs took advantage of their based loaded opportunity to win 4-3 and complete the sweep.

Jason Heyward played the hero with an RBI single, which showed the Mets how simple it is to drive in a run with the bases loaded. When the Mets had an opportunity to take the lead, Jeff McNeil struck out, and Dominic Smith grounded into a double play to foil any opportunity to win the game. The Mets went just 1-for-7 w/RISP, left eight runners on base, and are hitting .190 w/RISP.

Joey Lucchesi struggled again as he lasted just three innings and allowed the same amount of runs. Sean Reid-Foley was stellar in his Mets debut by throwing three perfect innings with four strikeouts. Reid-Foley set the tone for a Mets bullpen that was terrific all night. Trevor May followed with a scoreless seventh, then Aaron Loup and Miguel Castro combined to work around a leadoff triple in the eighth. Edwin Diaz sent the game to extra innings but allowed the bases-loaded single to take the loss.

Get The Offense Going

If you search synonyms for the word “bad,” you will find many words to describe the Mets offense. Pete Alonso did homer for the second straight game, but he was the only somewhat hot hitter in the lineup. J.D. Davis tied the game in the seventh with a pinch double after getting a night off from playing the field. Davis is 8-for-18 to begin the season and should return to the lineup on Friday because they desperately need his bat despite his struggling defense.

Despite the sweep and falling back to .500, the Mets are still tied for first place. While there is never a guarantee to win with Jacob deGrom on the mound, they will have the opportunity to take advantage of his greatness when he starts on Friday. Erick Fedde pitches for the Washington Nationals, who make their first trip to Citi Field for the 7:10 p.m. start.

Ugly Middle Innings For The Mets Lead to 16-4 Blowout Loss

Here is a list of facts that show you the theme of the New York Mets ugly 14-4 loss:

  • They had the same amount of runs as errors
  • The Chicago Cubs scored 14 runs in three innings
  • Luis Guillorme pitched an inning

David Peterson and the Mets had a similar start as Taijuan Walker did the previous night. Peterson kept the Cubs hitless for 3.1 innings, but things quickly unraveled in the fourth. The Cubs pushed across seven runs on six hits, with only one reaching an exit velocity of 90 mph or better. It continued to a three-run fifth, and Javier Baez’s grand slam capped off the middle inning outburst to put the Mets away for the rest of the night. Four different Mets made errors on the night, and J.D. Davis made his third in the last two games.

The Mets came into the season understanding their defensive flaws, but it is becoming worse than they could have imagined. Clearly, Davis is not an everyday third baseman with the glove, and it is becoming to defend playing him there every day. His errors show up on the box score, but simple plays become tall tasks for Davis. Unless he puts up MVP caliber numbers, there is no reason to continue to keep Guillorme sitting on the bench while the defense continues to suffer.

Defense Wins Championships

This team is way too talented for a lack of defense to separate them from winning the division. With the season still early and fresh, these losses are not the end of the world. They are certainly disappointing and disheartening, but the next day’s performance determines how bad it stings. If manager Luis Rojas adjusts the lineups and the team responds accordingly, it turns into just another loss. The final game of the series will show the early character of this team.

Offensively, the Mets saw encouraging signs from Francisco Lindor, who had three hits, including his first Mets home run. Davis’s bat continues to be the only thing keeping him in the lineup as he recorded two hits, including an RBI. Pete Alonso’s two-run home run was the last of the scoring and his third of the season.

The Mets look to flush this ugly loss away and avoid the sweep in Thursday’s game. Joey Lucchesi takes the mound against Trevor Williams for a 7:40 p.m. ET start from Wrigley Field.

Walker Get Heated, Mets Offense Goes Cold in Chilly Loss to Cubs 3-1

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The New York Mets are no strangers to ugly weather this season, but that does not mean they get used to it. Taijuan Walker started strong but did not have a happy finish at the friendly confines of Wrigley Field. Walker threw 3.2 hitless innings but failed to make it out of the fourth inning after allowing two singles and three consecutive walks. He needed 91 pitches in his outing and was thrown out in the 3-1 loss.

While Walker failed to make it through the fourth inning, his demise began in the third inning. The first of two errors from J.D. Davis allowed the first Cubs’ run to score on a straightforward play. Davis made two mistakes on the play: first, letting the ground ball come to him instead of charging it and then double clutching on the throw, which has become a bad habit. Simple mistakes like these were habits Davis needed to quit to be an adequate third baseman, and it happened again on his second error.

Walker Loses The Zone

When Walker gave up three consecutive walks, they all went to a full count, and a few tough calls did not go in his favor. The stressful at-bats and frustrating inning made Walker leave the mound bursting with anger. He took it out on home plate umpire John Libka, who, in all fairness, had a very questionable strike zone. Manager Luis Rojas also got the boot in the sixth inning due to Libka’s inconsistent zone. In total, Walker threw 3.2 innings, allowed just two hits but walked six.

Even if Walker pitched adequately, there was no offense to support him. Davis’s solo home run was all the Mets could scratch across against Cubs starter Jake Arrieta. He was not unhittable but found ways to keep the Mets from putting up a crooked number. Arrieta allowed one run, three hits, and walked three over five innings pitched.

Their best scoring chance came against closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth with one out and the bases loaded. Brandon Nimmo struck out, and Francisco Lindor grounded out to leave the tying and winning runs on base. They left 10 runners on base and went just 1-for-6 w/RISP. The biggest positive is from their bullpen, who threw 4.1 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits.

The Mets look to start a new winning streak on Wednesday when David Peterson takes the bump against Zach Davies. The first pitch from Wrigley Field is at 7:40 p.m. ET.