There was a point in tonight's game where it looked like thewere poised for yet another come-from-behind win. Then Terry Collins called from the bullpen with the Mets down 6-4 to start the sixth inning.
Millions of Mets fans suddenly cried out in terror, "Why go to Parnell in a close game?!" With Sean Gilmartin,, and available, why bring in a guy with more walks than strikeouts on the season? The millions of Mets fans were prophetic, as Parnell walked the first two batters of the inning and committed a throwing error when the third batter attempted a sacrifice bunt. He departed, but things continued to fall apart. and followed Parnell, and the trio combined to allow a whopping eight runs in the frame to put the game out of reach.
Collins's decision to bring in Parnell was terrible. A two-run deficit is nothing for the Mets these days, and there were several better, well-rested options in the bullpen. Gilmartin in particular would have been a great choice. He's been tremendous. Unfortunately, Parnell got the nod. Perhaps this meltdown means no more high-leverage work for the long-time Met. That would be something positive to result from this game. Now, the Mets still have a sizable lead in the NL East, so maybe this harrumphing about Collins is a bit histrionic. Jon Heyman, your thoughts?
mets lost 14-8. they have 6-game lead. i'ive seen about 50 tweets about allegedly bad pitching change collins made. ENOUGH!!— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) September 2, 2015
Okay, okay, you win, Jon. But if Collins costs the Mets somewhere down the line with obvious bullpen buffoonery, remember the outrage from tonight!
Some bullet notes from a game that had more than just bad pitching changes:
- Jon Niese started for the Mets and struggled for the third game in a row. He allowed six runs in five innings of work, striking out just two. batters were not fooled; Niese only generated four swinging strikes in 69 pitches. It's tough to have confidence in him starting a playoff game at this point.
- Tonight's hero at the plate was Yoenis Cespedes. Yo smashed a two-run home run in the fifth inning off Phillies starter to bring the Mets within 6-4. He also added a well-struck triple in the seventh inning, unfortunately when the game was out of reach. Yo is a fun player to watch and would be an awesome long-term addition to the Mets.
- Addison Reed pitched a scoreless inning in his Mets debut. I like the cut of his jib, even if his mechanics remind me of .
- How long until Eric Young Jr., an old favorite Terry Collins toy, starts a game? I'll set the over/under at 3.5 games.
- Steve Gelbs interviewed UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma during the top of the third inning and it lasted way too long. I understand the SNY synergy (the network broadcasts UConn games) but no one cares about Auriemma's childhood memories of the Phillies. Sorry, Steve Gelbs.
Thebullpen endured another meltdown and the rallied to beat them 8-5. The Mets remain 6.5 games up in the NL East. The rubber game of the Mets-Phillies series is Wednesday at 7:10 pm, with a pitching matchup of vs Aaron Nola. My money is on the good guys.
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Win Probability Added
Big winners: Yoenis Cespedes +10%, Kelly Johnson +4%
Big losers: Jon Niese -34%, Bobby Parnell -13%
Teh aw3s0mest play: Yoenis Cespedes two-run home run in the fifth inning, +12%
Teh sux0rest play: Darin Ruf three-run home run in the third inning, -18%
Total pitcher WPA: -52%
Total batter WPA: +2%
GWRBI!: Darnell Sweeney two-run double in sixth inning