After winning their last two games, The Mets came back down to Earth. This 6-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals marks the sixth straight Mets game decided by one run. The Mets were unfortunately on the wrong side of it, as both bullpens came to play. These two teams both came into this series on winning streaks, so expect more close games in the remaining three outings of this series.
Although the Mets put up a respectable 5 runs today, the bats cooled down compared to the past two games. After a 17 hit night, the Mets had just seven hits, three coming from first baseman Pete Alonso. Speaking of Alonso, his leadoff double in the second inning sparked a two-run inning for the Mets. Kevin Pillar singled and Jonathan Villar was intentionally walked, setting up a bases-loaded situation for Tomas Nido. Nido was HBP, sending home a run. Jeff McNeil also walked home a run before the inning ended. The Mets then came out and put up three more runs in the third. Alonso hit another double and Dominic Smith sent a runner home on a groundout. Pillar then cleared the bases with a two-run shot to put the Mets up. The hitting then went quiet as the Mets only had three hits after the third inning.
To sum it up, the pitching for the Mets was not terrible by any means. The issue of today’s game lies with starter Joey Lucchesi. Lucchesi let up 6 ER in just 2.2 IP. Lucchesi logged just one strikeout. Another terrible outing by Lucchesi begs the question, should he be the Mets fifth starter while Carlos Carrasco and Noah Syndergaard are out? As for myself, I believe Mets offseason addition Jordan Yamamoto should’ve started this game. Moving on, the bullpen was great again. Robert Gsellman threw two scoreless innings. After him, Sean Reid-Foley came in for his second outing of the season. This one was just as good as the first against the Cubs, as he threw two scoreless innings. Lastly, Jacob Barnes pitched a scoreless eighth as he has four appearances in a row without allowing a run. Another solid bullpen outing unfortunately wasted, this time by a terrible Lucchesi start.
Something needs to happen at the fifth starter spot, and soon. Thankfully Carrasco is on his way back, and will most likely be back within the next two weeks. But Lucchesi has proven time and time again that he cannot be trusted to have the ball in his hands. Also, there comes a point in the season where we have to start worrying about the production of Francisco Lindor. While I don’t think that point is here just yet, it may be looming. If I’m Luis Rojas, I strongly consider giving Lindor a day off sometime this week, a day to help Lindor find stability and clear his mind. He’ll turn it around. Let’s Go Mets.