After a 4-3 loss to the Washington Nationals in the first half of today’s 7-inning doubleheader, the New York Mets have been eliminated.
Jacob DeGrom could not save the Mets because he gave up three earned runs today, including an inside-the-park home run. That inside-the-park home run came when Dominic Smith was trying to get a ball fly at the wall. He ran headfirst into the wall and couldn’t get up to throw the ball to the infield. Smith looked fine, as he was able to stay in the game.
As for DeGrom, he was good, not as great as he’s been in the past, however. Many have very high expectations for DeGrom, 3 earned runs aren’t what we see a lot from him. I don’t think it’ll be his 3rd Cy Young. But he’ll be a candidate for the award, he has shown to be the best pitcher in baseball. In a post-game interview, DeGrom said he was mad that the Mets find themselves out of the playoffs again.
This year came out as one of the most disappointing seasons in the Mets history. Even though this was a 60 game season, this year’s postseason was expanded. The team was missing some key pitchers and that was their biggest flaw.
Besides DeGrom, the Mets pitching, in general, was horrible. The offense was more productive this season. Much rather than last year. The team’s pitching rarely threw a good game, however, the bats would be able to score runs. The same thing when the Mets’ pitching had a good game, the offense would fail to produce.
Teams like the Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays were able to take advantage of this year’s expanded postseason. But, the Mets who seemingly looked better on paper, missed out. They need to find some type of improvement this off-season. The Mets failed to do everyone expect them to, which was take advantage of this year’s expanded playoffs.