The Mets have received some clarity today on the injury front. Steven Matz left yesterday’s game after just one inning and has now been placed on the IL with shoulder discomfort. Dellin Betances, who struggled yesterday against his former team, was also placed on the IL with right lat tightness.
Mets Offense Struggles as Yankees Walk-Off
The Mets and Yankees played the third of the five game weekend Subway Series with the Bombers going home victorious. This came after one of the best days in Mets franchise history. The Mets swept the doubleheader against the rival Yankees, coming back late in both games. In addition to the sweep, it was reported that fan-favorite and billionaire Steve Cohen won the Mets bidding to become the next Mets owner. This means that he now has exclusive rights to buy the team pending owner approval in November. This news is huge for the Mets and fans alike as the Wilpons tenure as owners will shortly expire.
Yesterday, however, was a step backward for the Mets. The offense was only able to muster a measly three hits against J.A. Happ, who entered the game with a bloated 6.39 ERA. Fortunately for the Mets, Happ was pulled after 7.1 innings on just 90 pitches and replaced by Adam Ottavino. Ottavino then followed to give up a game-tying home run to Wilson Ramos. It was the Yankees fourth straight game blowing a lead with six outs or fewer to get.
However, that would be the last hit the Mets could muster as the Yankees would walk-off in the ninth inning. The pitching for the Mets kept the Yankees make-shift offense in check, but it was not enough. Robert Gsellman started for the Mets and went four innings strong while just allowing a Luke Voit solo shot. Dellin Betances would gift wrap a Yankees victory with a wild pitch after four previous scoreless innings from the bullpen.
Matz and Betances Head to IL
Steven Matz then replaced Gsellman in the fifth inning, and was expected to pitch at least two innings in relief. Matz was seen talking with the Mets head trainer, Brian Chicklo in the dugout while motioning his shoulder. Matz exited the game and was replaced by Jared Hughes. After the game, Mets manager Luis Rojas signaled that Matz “didn’t feel right,” and alluded to an IL stint for Matz. He was subsequently placed on the IL today due to left shoulder discomfort.
The Mets had to go through a majority of their main bullpen pieces as a result and will likely be shorthanded. They will turn to Rick Porcello for some length and look at guys like Chasen Shreve, Drew Smith, and Frankyln Kilome for help.
Dellin Betances was the last reliever to enter yesterday’s for the Mets, and as he bruntly put it after the game, he was battling and struggled to find his way. “I definitely feel like I didn’t have anything today. I was trying to battle…it sucks.” Betances was Mets GM Brodie Van Waganen’s main bullpen acquisition and to this point, has failed to meet expectations. In his first thirteen games as a Met, he has posted a 6.10 ERA and 1.65 WHIP. He has also struck out eight batters and allowed an opponent’s AVG of .256. That would be his highest allowed since the 2013 season in which he participated in just six games. He has struggled with velocity and control this season which explain the tough time he has had to this point.
Betances Voices Frustrations After Game
Betances is feeling the pressure and knows that struggled to meet the expectations of Mets brass and fans alike. It’s clear, however, that he has been unable to completely recover from the injuries that he sustained last season. His velocity remains more than 5 mph below his average during his peak years of 2014-2018 and his breaking stuff has lost its bite. Betances alluded to his frustrations after the game when he said “It sucks to come in there and not get the job done.” Betances now heads to the IL with right lat lightness as he looks to recover and return for a potential stretch run.
The Mets made two call-ups with both Frankyln Kilome and Drew Smith rejoining the team to replace Matz and Betances. The two will look to provide a much needed breather for a Mets bullpen that has had a lot of recent work. Furthermore, they have also recalled Ariel Jurado to serve as the extra 29th man for the doubleheader.
The first game of the doubleheader gets underway at 1:05 pm ET as Rick Porcello takes the mound against Michael King. The second game will follow around 35-40 minutes following the first game as Deivi Garcia makes his first career start against Seth Lugo.