The New York Mets dropped two out of three to the Miami Marlins over the weekend. The Mets struggled desperately to score runs. The lack of offense is expected since so many of their best hitters are injured, but it wasn’t pretty trotting out replacement players like Cameron Maybin and Brandon Drury.
Game 1-Mets Win 6-5
Friday night’s game was an extra-inning thriller. Khalil Lee’s first career hit broke a 3-3 tie in the 12th inning, which drove in Dominic Smith. The Mets would go on to score two more runs in the 12th. Those insurance runs proved crucial as the Marlins managed to score two runs in the bottom of the inning. The Mets would end up holding on and winning with a final score of 6-5.
Marcus Stroman gave the Mets a solid start. He went six innings, gave up only two runs, and recorded eight strikeouts. A ridiculous 18 pitchers pitched in this game from both sides–eight Mets and ten Marlins. The struggling Francisco Lindor had two hits, which was encouraging, as he looks to break out of his season-long slump. The Mets clubhouse may look like an infirmary right now but nonetheless, the squad of bench players and backups got the job done.
Game 2-Marlins Win 3-1
Saturday’s game featured another exciting finish. However, this time it was in favor of the Marlins. Garrett Cooper hit a two-run walk-off home run in the 9th, and the final score was 3-1. It was a pitching duel through and through.
Joey Lucchesi pitched an impressive four innings to start the game for the Mets. He only surrendered one hit, and eight of the twelve outs he recorded were via strikeout. It was a bit puzzling when he was pulled after only four, but Mets manager Luis Rojas explained in a post-game interview that Lucchesi was not fully built up as a starter yet. On the Marlins side, Pablo López dominated the Mets for seven innings. He only gave up one run, and he recorded eight strikeouts.
Game 3-Marlins Win 5-1
The Mets offense stalled again in the rubber match of the series. They were held to just one run by Cody Poteet and the Marlins bullpen. Mets starting pitcher Jordan Yamamoto did not impress. He gave up five runs in the second and only lasted four innings overall. Robert Gsellman gave the Mets a valiant effort in relief by pitching three shutout innings.
Lindor went 0-4, causing his batting average to dip to .194. What was a promising two-hit game start turned into a disappointing 3-12 series for him. It is concerning that Lindor has played 39 games now and is not showing many signs of turning things around. The Mets are going to need him to be the superstar he was in Cleveland if they are going to accomplish big things in 2021.
The Mets could be in deep trouble. The Atlanta Braves won’t be held for long, and the Mets’ lead in the NL East could disappear in the blink of an eye if they don’t get some of their injured stars back soon. The good news is Jacob deGrom is slated to return on Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies in Queens.
It was a very disappointing weekend for the Mets overall. They lost a series to the lowly Marlins. The Mets will have another chance against a poor team this week as they return home to face the Rockies on Monday.