Like it has been all season, the Mets’ inconsistencies prevented them from gaining any momentum as they lose the series to Toronto. The Mets were lethargic to end the weekend. This being a complete turnaround from Friday’s blowout victory. The offense, which put up 18 runs in game one, scored just five runs over the next two games. The bullpen, which looked good early in the series, imploded on Sunday. The bullpen allowed five runs in the 6th inning to put the game out of reach. The Mets sit five games under .500 again, yet are still just two games out of a playoff spot. The weekend, which started off oh so well, took a bad turn.
The Mets started Jacob deGrom on Friday and yet again, he did not disappoint. deGrom went six innings, allowed three hits, one run, and two walks. He struck out nine batters. He has 79 for the year, tops in the National League. At the end of his start, deGrom led the National League in six statistical categories, including ERA, FIP, and K/9. He is also top three in WHIP, opponent batting average, and opponent OPS. He is making a case for yet another National League Cy Young Award, with an fWAR of 2.3, also leading National League pitchers. deGrom, who suffered from lack of run support early in the year, received plenty of it on Friday. The Mets put up 18 runs on the board, 16 while deGrom was in the game.
Bats Come Alive… Before the Mets lose the series
Michael Conforto had a big day, collecting two hits, four RBIs, and scoring four runs. Conforto hit a three run homer to get the Mets going. Along with Conforto, Dom Smith put up two hits and drove in four runs, all coming on a grand slam in a fourth inning that featured ten Met runners crossing home plate. The 18-1 victory was a great start to the series for the Mets, and only using two pitchers allowed them some extra bullpen rest after a day off.
On Saturday, the Mets’ bats fell asleep. Robbie Ray started for the Blue Jays and allowed just one run over five innings of work. He allowed four hits and two walks while striking out five batters. The Mets had a 1-0 lead thanks to a Jake Marisnick double down the left field line in the top of the fourth. It wouldn’t last long, as three straight hits to start the bottom of the fourth plated a run. The Blue Jays took the lead in the fifth inning and tacked on another in the sixth. The Mets got the first two runners on in the seventh. Back to back fielder’s choice outs yielded a run to pull the Mets within one. The 4-5-6 part of the Mets lineup went down easily in the eighth inning.
In the top of the ninth, Brandon Nimmo pinch hit and walked to lead off. In one of the most mind boggling decisions, Wilson Ramos swung at a 2-0 sinker after closer Rafael Dolis couldn’t find the strike zone. The pitch was borderline, but the movement made it seem like ball. That is a moot point, as Ramos hit the ball slowly and still got a double play turned against him. Amed Rosario came up next and struck out, but the ball got away and he reached first, giving the Mets life. That life was quickly taken away, as with Jeff McNeil at the plate, Rosario got picked off to end the game. He was called safe originally, but upon review, the umpires determined he was out. Ballgame over, Mets lose.
Sunday, Mets Lose the Series
Sunday’s game was just an all around mess. Again, the Mets took the lead first, this time on a Dom Smith RBI single in the first. It wouldn’t last, again, as Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a two run home run in the bottom of the second. That was starting pitcher David Peterson’s lone blemish as he went five innings and allowed just those two runs. He gave up just three hits and walked two batters, striking out two. He was exited at just 81 pitches, a baffling move, to say the least. Brad Brach walked the first three batters in the sixth innings and was quickly taken out for Jared Hughes. Hughes walked his first man to bring in a run. After a strikeout, Santiago Espinal hit a three run double to extend the lead to 6-1. The Blue Jays added one more on a single by Danny Jansen.
The Mets got two runs in the eighth but that’s all they’d get, losing the game by a score of 7-3. They dropped two out of three to the Blue Jays team that they absolutely dominated in game one, but in ultimately the Mets lose the series. With Monday’s off day, the Mets look to bounce back on Tuesday, when they begin a three game set with the Philadelphia Phillies. In what could prove to be the biggest series of the year, the Mets hope to gain some ground on the Phillies, whom they’re chasing. The Mets are two games back of the eight seed with 13 games still to play. They still have to hurdle four teams to get there. The season has really been underwhelming for a team with such high expectations. The inconsistencies have been a main contributor to this team’s lack of success. When the Mets are inconsistent, they tend to lose the series. For every step forward, the Mets take to two steps back.
STANDING: 4th NL East