Rojas Mismanages Pitching Staff and Mets Hit Into Five DPs in 3-2 Loss

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Absolutely nothing has come easy for the New York Mets over the last two weeks against the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers. When things finally did for them, manager Luis Rojas found a way to complicate things once again. The Mets offense also continued their season-long woes by hitting five double plays in the 3-2 loss.

Taijuan Walker cruised through the first six innings of the game, allowing just one hit and run on a Kris Bryant home run. After the Mets gave Walker a lead for the seventh, an error and bloop single set up runners at first and second. Despite having 74 pitches and showing no signs of fatigue, Rojas turned to Aaron Loup, and it backfired instantly. Brandon Crawford jumped all over the first pitch for a double and gave the Giants a 3-2 lead.

Rojas Losing His Touch

The issue is not who Rojas turned to but when he turned to Loup. Walker felt like this was his game to lose and certainly pitched well enough to deserve the opportunity to work out of the mess. This season, Loup has been the Mets’ best reliever, and the move is probably overlooked if he does not have a rare rough outing. He was the right reliever to turn to, but it was definitely the wrong time to pull Walker. The aftermath was visible frustration from Walker on the mound and in the dugout along with “Fire Rojas”.

The Mets had some life in a very bizarre ninth inning, including Brandon Belt dropping a pop-up in foul territory and the Giants’ miscommunication in the outfield leading to a dropped fly ball. It led to runners on first and second with Francisco Lindor at the plate, but he popped up for the second out of the inning. Brandon Nimmo worked a gutsy walk to set up a bases-loaded situation for Pete Alonso. Unfortunately, the disappointment continued as Alonso blooped a fastball into Tommy La Stella‘s glove to end the game.

The offense actually had two hits in seven chances with runners in scoring position, but the five double plays killed the Mets scoring chances. Rojas decision was the exact type of panic move we saw him make last season and the Mickey Callaway regime make as well. This has to be the nail in the coffin for anyone who had hope in the Mets making a run. It would not be surprising if Rojas also lost his job before this weekend’s series.

Carlos Carrasco looks to build on his solid start against the Dodgers as he faces off against Alex Wood. The first pitch for Thursday’s finale is set for 7:10 p.m. ET from Citi Field.

Megill Gets Tagged For Four Homers in Mets 8-0 Loss To Giants

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The New York Mets welcomed the combination of Francisco Lindor and Javier Baez for the first time, but the San Francisco Giants looked at it and laughed. It took just two batters for them to get a lead they would not surrender and cruised to an easy 8-0 victory in game one of their series.

Tylor Megill did not have his good stuff early on, leading to the ugliest start of his young career. He allowed seven runs on 11 hits, including those four homers, and only lasted 3.2 innings. Megill allowed a first-inning homer to Brandon Belt, a 451-foot homer to Mike Yastrzemski in the second inning, and homers to LaMonte Wade and Belt again during the fourth inning.

Throughout the start, Megill looked like he was pitching with a lack of confidence. It showed the most when Megill assumed a ground ball to Pete Alonso would become a base hit. Megill broke towards home plate to back up instead of making a move to cover first base.

New Day, Same Offense

Sammy Long looked the complete opposite against the horrid Mets offense, but then again, what pitcher has not? Long complete 5.1 shutout innings, allowing three hits and striking out four. He had the Mets guessing all night with his ability to throw his changeup and slow looping curve at any time. Long even threw a nasty changeup to Baez, making him look like he had never swung a bat before.

The loss was about what you would expect when the best team in baseball plays a team that has barely been better than the Baltimore Orioles this month. On Wednesday, they will try to rebound when Taijuan Walker takes the mound against Johnny Cueto, making his first start off the IL. The first pitch from Citi Field is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.

Mets Pull Off Extra Inning Heroics In 6-2 Win Over Giants

The final game between the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants shaped up like the first two, but the offense got tired of the lack of production. The Mets came back to tie the game in the ninth, survived the tenth and 11th innings, then put the game away once the 12th inning came around.

In the ninth inning, the Mets were in a situation that was all too familiar to them. After the Giants closer, Jake McGee hit Pete Alonso with a pitch and allowed a Michael Conforto single to set up a first and third situation. Alonso ended up leaving the game after getting hit in the elbow but is day-to-day. J.D. Davis ended up tying the game with a sacrifice fly to keep the Mets’ hopes alive. Edwin Diaz followed by delivering scoreless ninth and tenth innings.

In the eleventh inning, Conforto delivered again with an RBI double which gave the Mets a 2-1 lead and turned the bottom of the inning to Jeurys Familia. He instantly allowed a game-tying single to Tommy La Stella but managed to escape and get the game to the 12th. Throughout all this commotion, the Giants were out of position players and down to their last reliever. Starter Anthony DeSclafani left after 1.1 innings pitched with an ankle injury which put manager Gabe Kapler in an early pinch.

Survival of the Fittest

Tyler Chatwood was the last reliever left and was in his second inning of work. He struck out Jonathan Villar to start the inning after Villar missed a double by a foot. Patrick Mazeika‘s infield single set up Kevin Pillar‘s three-run home run, which gave the Mets the huge hit they have been searching for. Chance Sisco made his debut and finished off the inning with an RBI double to finish off the inning.

Jake Reed got the opportunity to close the game and was flawless. He struck out two and retired the side in order to secure the win and get the Mets back to the 500 mark. The win showed the importance of Marcus Stroman‘s start the previous night. It gave the bullpen the rest it needed, and every pitcher except Aaron Loup had at least one day of rest.  Tylor Megill also did his job by holding the Giants to just one run over six strong innings.

Tommy Lasorda once said, “No matter how good you are, you’re going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are, you’re going to win one-third of your games. It’s the other third that makes the difference.” This fits perfectly for the 60-60 Mets who have an opportunity to resurrect their season still, but it will not come easy. The Los Angeles Dodgers are up next for a four-game series with Taijuan Walker throwing game one, starting at 10:10 p.m. ET from Dodger Stadium.

Mets Comeback Falls Short and Losing Streak is Five After 3-2 Loss

These days it almost seems like the New York Mets are losing before the game even starts. The San Francisco Giants came just about as close as a team can in game two of their series. It took just two batters in the bottom of the first for the Giants to get themselves a lead, and it became one they never looked back on. The Mets were no match for Logan Webb and fell to the Giants, 3-2.

LaMonte Wade and Tommy La Stella started on the bench for game one of the series against a lefty, but Giants manager Gabe Kapler had them back in the lineup for game two. Sure enough, they batted first and second and got things going early for the Giants. Wade led off with a single, and La Stella blasted a two-run homer to get an early 2-0 lead against Marcus Stroman.

Bookended Start

Stroman’s start was marked with a rough beginning and a bitter ending. After the home run in the first inning, Stroman slowly settled into a groove throughout his start. Evan Longoria tagged Stroman for a solo home run in the seventh inning when the Mets tried to stretch him out for another inning. Overall it was a solid start as Stroman went seven innings, allowing three runs and striking out a season-high nine batters on 114 pitches.

Unfortunately, it was more of the same for the Mets offense against Giants starter Logan Webb. He was red hot coming into his start and shut out the Mets for 7.1 innings before allowing a Pete Alonso two-run home run to make it a 3-2 game. Webb struck out eight in the start and had a very efficient 83 pitches before leaving the game.

The Mets had an opportunity to tie the game with a runner on second and two outs in the ninth inning. Kevin Pillar ended up striking out looking on three straight to extend the losing streak to five. Travis Blankenhorn was a left-handed option to face Dominic Leone, but manager Luis Rojas trusted Pillar. The Mets were 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left six on base.

The loss put the Mets under .500 for the first time since May 5 and 4.5 games out of first place in the NL East. They will try to avoid the sweep on Wednesday as Tylor Megill takes the mound against Anthony DeSclafani for a 3:45 p.m. ET start from Oracle Park.

Mets Game Preview (8/17/21) @ San Francisco Giants (77-42)

The New York Mets and San Francisco Giants matchup for game two of their series while the Mets look to avoid their fifth consecutive loss. Game two has a great pitching matchup lined up as runs should be at a premium tonight. The first pitch from San Francisco is scheduled for another 9:45 p.m. ET start from Oracle Park.

The Mets’ ability to score runs despite failing to get hits with runners in scoring position has become broken all logic. Pete Alonso‘s two-run triple was the only hit the Mets had with runners in scoring position, but the Mets still found a way to put up five runs. They recorded 10 hits but left nine runners on base and continues to make us question how good they could be if they could get multiple clutch hits.

Yesterday’s win was a perfect example of the way Gabe Kapler has managed his first-place Giants. Kapler used five of his six bench players and five relievers after Kevin Gausman‘s solid outing. He looks for every possible matchup and advantage he can squeeze out, and his players have executed far more times than they have not this season. It also helps when Kris Bryant tattooed two home runs as well. Bryant reminded the Mets of what they were missing when they decided to look elsewhere at the trade deadline.

Pitching Matchup

Marcus Stroman gets the start for the Mets and attempts to put an end to the losing streak. In his last start against the Washington Nationals, Stroman battled through 5.1 innings, allowing just one run and tying a season-high with eight strikeouts. This is an interesting matchup because of Stroman’s groundball prowess against the Giants’ high-powered home run offense.

Logan Webb is the Giants starter and has pitched like an ace since returning from the IL. In seven starts since returning, he has a 1.75 ERA, .195 average against, and 36 strikeouts in the same amount of innings. Webb was terrific in his last outing, shutting out the Colorado Rockies and holding them to three hits in six innings. He has pitched at least six innings in each of his last four starts.

Matchup To Lookout For

Marcus Stroman vs. Evan Longoria: 9-for-33 (.273), 2 Doubles, 2 Home Runs, 2 Walks, 7 Strikeouts

Mets Game Preview (8/16/21) @ San Francisco Giants (76-42)

The New York Mets fly across the country after a disappointing sweep to the Los Angeles Dodgers and face the San Francisco Giants. The Giants have the best record in baseball, while the Mets cannot seem to get out of their own way by creating new heartbreaking ways to lose. Playing on the west coast means a late-night start of 9:45 p.m. ET from Oracle Park.

The struggles on offense were evident in the series against the Dodgers, where they went 2-for-27 with runners in scoring position. Their inability to hit for power has hampered any offensive rallies they put together. The Mets have a .380 slugging percentage this season which is fourth worse in baseball. They are the only team in the bottom five who is not in last place.

The Giants are a complete 180 of where the Mets are. Expectations were minimal in a division where the Dodgers and San Diego Padres were supposed to reign supreme. The Giants flipped the odds against everyone and have become a powerhouse, leading the NL with 176 home runs despite playing in their spacious home ballpark. Their pitching has also propelled them to success with a 3.22 ERA which is the second-best in baseball.

Pitching Matchup

Rich Hill looks to bounce back after his last outing against the Washington Nationals. After the game was suspended after one inning, Hill took over in the second for Carlos Carrasco. Hill only lasted three and allowed the same amount of runs while striking out four. Over 18 innings with the Mets, he has a 5.00 ERA and struck out 12 batters. In eight career starts at Oracle Park, Hill has a 3.21 ERA.

Kevin Gausman is the Giants starter and is putting together the best season of his career. The 2021 All-Star has a 2.29 ERA which is sixth in MLB to go along with a .182 average against, the second-best in baseball. Gausman is in the middle of a small skid with a 5.16 ERA in his last five starts and has only gone more than five innings once.

Matchups To Lookout For

Rich Hill vs. Brandon Belt: 6-for-15 (.400), 2 Doubles, Home Run, 3 Walks, 2 Strikeouts

Rich Hill vs. Buster Posey: 10-for-20 (.500), Double, Home Run, Walk, Strikeout

Rich Hill vs. Wilmer Flores: 4-for-12 (.333), 2 Doubles, Home Run, 5 Strikeouts

Rich Hill vs. Brandon Crawford: 6-for-18 (.333), 5 Walks, 4 Strikeouts

Kevin Gausman vs. Kevin Pillar: 14-for-39 (.359), Double, 2 Walks, 10 Strikeouts

Kevin Gausman vs. Jeff McNeil: 4-for-6 (.667), Double

New York Mets: The Loss From Thursday Night

The 16-inning thriller between the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants ended up in bitter disappointment for the Mets. After Pete Alonso drilled a solo home run in the top of the 16th, the Giants responded with two runs in the bottom half to steal the victory.

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This certainly was the most heartbreaking loss of the season. The game did not finish until 2:32 in the morning on the East Coast. Much like their 18 inning loss in Milwaukee earlier this season, they had to trust an unproven pitcher to close the game out.

Last Man Standing

Chris Mazza was the last man left in the Mets bullpen and had the job of closing out the Giants. He threw two innings the previous day and already pitched a scoreless 15th inning. Mazza looked gassed in the 16th, in which he failed to record a single out. The Mets were also short a reliever because Jacob Rhame was serving his one game suspension for throwing at Rhys Hoskins earlier in the year.

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The Mets bullpen was great Thursday night, regardless of Mazza’s performance. They held the Giants scoreless for 8 straight innings before they broke through to win. The bullpen Mets rose the challenge ahead of them all night, but unfortunately Mazza did not have enough gas to finish it out.

There is Still Hope

A lot of the criticism says Jacob deGrom could have pitched out of the bullpen, but I do not think there was any reason for him to come in. Possibly for the 17th, if it went that far, but the right choice was to give Mazza the opportunity to finish the game out. The Mets are better off trying to rebound and win today with deGrom on the mound and fully rested.

The result yesterday sucks, but they have a great opportunity to rebound tonight. deGrom is facing a pitcher with an ERA over five and deGrom has pitched great over his last few starts. Tonight is a 100 percent a must win for the Mets. They will not be dead in the water if they lose, but the road back to get a split in the series will be a long windy road.

New York Mets Series Preview: San Francisco Giants (8/20-8/23)

New York Mets, Noah Syndergaard

The New York Mets come off a strong 7-4 road trip in which they finally saw their offense hit consistently. They will face the San Francisco Giants for the first time this season and they come in with a 61-64 record. The Giants have dropped four straight and are slowly falling out of the postseason picture. Last season the Mets won five of the six meetings against the Giants.

Probable Pitching Matchups

(8/20, 7:10 PM) Derek Holland (6-8, 3.83 ERA) vs. Zack Wheeler (8-6, 3.75 ERA)

(8/21, 7:10 PM) TBD vs. Steven Matz (5-10, 4.60 ERA)

(8/22, 7:10 PM) Casey Kelly (0-1, 1.69 ERA) vs. Noah Syndergaard (8-3, 3.40 ERA)

(8/23, 1:10 PM) Madison Bumgarner (4-5, 3.05 ERA) vs. Jacob deGrom (8-7, 1.71 ERA)

Mets Offense Comes to Life

On their 11-game road trip the Mets scored 83 runs including a 24 run outburst against the Philadelphia Phillies. It was the most runs ever scored by the Mets in one game and single handedly erased the 25-4 loss against the Washington Nationals. Amed Rosario, Austin Jackson and Jeff McNeil have turned in a very hot couple of weeks to make cases why they should remain in starting roles next season.

Brandon Nimmo has landed on the 10-day DL with the finger injury he has been dealing with. There is no structural damage to the finger but the Mets will be very cautious with their best offensive player this season. He should be ready for action once his time on the DL comes to an end. Dom Smith will remain on the roster to take Nimmo’s spot.

Day Game Pitcher’s Duel

The final game of the series promised to be a very good pitchers duel. Madison Bumgarner has returned to his ace form and Jacob deGrom is coming off a complete game shutout against the Phillies. Mets fans will remember the complete game shutout Mad-Bum hurled against the Mets in the 2016 wild card game. deGrom has not had it easy in his last couple starts. He faced and outpitched Luis Severino and Jake Arrieta his last two starts. He will try to do the same in this start against Bumgarner.

Matchups to Lookout For

Jose Bautista vs. Derek Holland: 5-25 (.200) Double, Home Run, 2 Walks, 6 Strikeouts

Austin Jackson vs. Derek Holland: 5-21 (.238) 2 Doubles, Home Run, 5 Walks, 4 Strikeouts

Hunter Pence vs. Jacob deGrom: 6-17 (.353) Double, Home Run, Walk, 5 Strikeouts

Buster Posey vs. Jacob deGrom: 4-14 (.286) Double, Home Run, Walk, Strikeout

Interesting Stats

Reyes Moronta Pitching With RISP in 2018: 8-49 (.163) 2 Doubles, 8 Walks, 18 Strikeouts

Jose Bautista Batting Sixth in 2018: 14-39 (.359) 4 Doubles, 3 Home Runs, 8 Walks, 8 Strikeouts