Going into the second leg of a doubleheader vs the Colorado Rockies tonight, the Mets had been on a streak we hadn’t seen in over a year. As the Mets took the field at 8:10, they had won four in a row for the first time since September of 2019. After a season of disaster and a hopeful offseason, the Mets were bound to win 4 games in a row again. That came to an end tonight as both pitching and hitting collapsed for an overall inadequate performance.
The story of today’s game going in was the debut of offseason trade acquisition Joey Lucchesi. Things got off to a wildly rocky start as Lucchesi let up 3 runs in the first inning thanks to RBI’s from Trevor Story, C.J. Cron, and Josh Fuentes. After his first inning in a start as a Met, Lucchesi looked great over the next two innings of work. Lucchesi’s final line was 3IP, 4H, 3ER, and 3K. After Lucchesi’s exit, Mets manager Luis Rojas took a conservative approach to this game. He brought in Robert Gsellman, Jacob Barnes, and Trevor Hildenberger. Hildenberger and Gsellman made their season debuts while Barnes made his second appearance. Their combined line was 3 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, and 3 K. This line may look bad, but Gsellman and Hildenberger each pitched 1 inning and looked good, neither allowing a run. It was Barnes who lacked tonight. A costly mistake while pitching to Fuentes led to a 3-run home run and broke the game wide open.
The Mets bat’s did not come to life quite like the first game in Denver. Colorado ace German Marquez was on the mound and was great in his complete game outing. The Mets were only able to get two hits off of Marquez, from Brandon Nimmo (of course) and Jeff McNeil. The latter’s was a 2 RBI double that brought the game within 1 run in the 4th inning. Besides that, the Rockies behind Marquez were able to play very well defensively and keep Francisco Lindor, Pete Alonso, and the rest of the Mets’ firepower hitless.
This was a performance that the blue and orange need to forget about and move on from. The lack of hitting is concerning, but the Mets will bounce back strong. Marcus Stroman is being sent out in the rubber game of this series, hoping to snatch it from Colorado on Sunday. The Mets lineup hopes to use Coors Field to their advantage and give Stroman some support tomorrow. Lastly, the bottom end of the bullpen needs to be better. If I’m Steve Cohen watching this game, I am definitely considering making calls for bullpen help at some point before the trade deadline. The performance was Barnes was disheartening and gives him two terrible performances to start the season. He and the rest of the team need to wake up and win this series. LGM!