This week the New York Mets kicked off a west coast trip, starting with three games against the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants. The series is a continuation of a brutal two-week stretch of games against the best of the west: Giants and Dodgers. The Mets came limping into this series fresh off a sweep at the hands of said LA Dodgers. Spirits are at a season-low for the Mets, who recently surrendered first place in the NL East, making every game a must-win.
Game 1: Giants Win 7-5
The Mets tasked Rich Hill with facing off with Giants ace Kevin Gausman. Hill would only last 3.2 innings and surrender 2 runs, but Gausman didn’t fare much better. They chased Gausman after just 5 innings and tagged him for 3 runs, which included Pete Alonso’s first triple of the year.
The Mets had a 3-2 lead after the top of the fifth, but the bullpen coughed up 2 home runs to Kris Bryant and one to Brandon Belt. They made a dent in the Giants’ lead with a home run from Jonathan Villar, but the Giants held on to win by a final score of 7-5.
The Mets must be second-guessing their decision to pass on Kris Bryant at the trade deadline after this one. Bryant is having a fantastic season: he made the All-Star team and has an OPS of .863 thus far. An upgrade at third base is something the Mets could have really used and Bryant seemed like the perfect fit. Unfortunately, the Mets front office chose to acquire Javier Baez, noted friend of Francisco Lindor. Baez is currently on the injured list, but in his short time with the Mets, he has already managed to record a platinum sombrero.
Game 2: Giants Win 3-2
The Mets fell short in another close game with the Giants and they also fell below .500 for the first time since May 5. They were completely shut down by Giants starter Logan Webb for seven innings, but finally broke through against him in the 8th thanks to a 2-run home run by Alonso. This was Alonso’s 26th on the year and it brought the game to the final score of 3-2.l
Marcus Stroman got the start for the Mets. After giving up a two-run homer in the first inning to Tommy LaStella, he settled down and gave the Mets seven strong innings without giving up another run. A 7th inning solo shot off the bat of Evan Longoria proved to be the difference in the game as the Mets failed to complete the comeback.
Game 3: Mets Win 6-2
The Mets sent out their rookie right-hander, Tylor Megill, to mound for the final game of the series. He gave the Mets 6 innings of 1-run ball and recorded 6 strikeouts. Giants’ second-best starter Anthony DeSclafani stood in the way from the Mets salvaging the final game. Unfortunately, DeSclafani left the game in the second inning due to injury after attempting to cover first base.
The Mets offense was unable to touch the Giants bullpen for most of they game. It took until the 9th inning until they were able to scratch across a run thanks to a sacrifice fly which tied the game at 1. They were able to break through again in the 11th thanks to a Michael Conforto RBI double which gave the Mets the lead. Extra innings became a back-and-fourth contest. The Giants were able to re-tie the game in the bottom of the inning on a LaStella RBI single. They finally got the big blow courtesy of a 3-run Kevin Pillar home run in the 12th. The Mets would end up salvaging the final game of the series with a final score of 6-2.
The Mets narrowly managed to avoid a sweep thanks to their gutsy, comeback performance on Wednesday. Regardless, they have put themselves in quite a hole going down the stretch. The division-leading Atlanta Braves are surging while the Mets have lost 5 of 6 and sit 4 games back. The Mets’ recent stretch of poor play and rumors of Jacob deGrom being shut down for the remainder of the year make it hard to be optimistic about their playoff chances.