The Rockies defeated the Mets 7-4 Saturday when Logan Verrett had his first poor outing of the season. Verrett filled in nicely at Coors Field for Matt Harvey last season but could not repeat that performance Saturday. This time subbing for Steven Matz, Verrett gave up seven runs in 2.2 innings.
The trouble started right away for Verrett in the first when he gave up a double to Trevor Story. Verrett made things harder on himself when on an attempted pickoff at second, he threw the ball into center field. Story went to third and then came home when Nolan Arenado grounded out to third.
A one-run lead is not insurmountable at Coors Field and the Mets did get it back in the second. Kevin Plawecki continued his good road trip when he drove in Lucas Duda with an infield single that Arenado could not field cleanly.
In the second the Rockies took the lead on a DJ LeMahieu RBI single, but in the third they broke the game open and ended both Verrett's and Terry Collins's night. Nolan Arenado led off with a single and Gerardo Parra followed with a bunt single. Carlos Gonzalez flew out but then Mark Reynolds walked to load the bases. LeMahieu also walked forcing in a run to give the Rockies a 3-1 lead.
Tony Wolters was up next and swung at a ball in the dirt that should have been strike three. Rookie umpire Carlos Torres ruled it a foul tip at the plate, which Terry Collins wholeheartedly disagreed with and was promptly tossed from the game. With the second chance, Wolters ripped a double bringing in two more runs. Charlie Blackmon ended Verrett's night when he singled and drove in the Rockies' sixth and seventh runs.
The bullpen needed to go to work early and the combined efforts of Hansel Robles, Sean Gilmartin, Jim Henderson, Addison Reed, and Antonio Bastardo shut down the Rockies for the rest of the night. This gave the Mets' offense a chance to get back in the game, though they only managed to get within three of the Rockies.
There were some positives for the Mets on Saturday. Their offense had 13 hits and some Mets who had been struggling showed signs of life at the plate. David Wright, Yoenis Cespedes, Lucas Duda, and Neil Walker all had multi-hit games. Neil Walker also hit his 10th home run of the year.
There were also a lot of frustrating negatives. The Mets are in last place with runners in scoring position and that trend continued last night. In the sixth, with a run already in, the Mets were primed to strike with runners on first and third and nobody out. The elusive big hit was again missing when Asdrubal Cabrera grounded into a double play. It brought in the Mets' fourth run but ended the scoring threat and the last real rally they had for the rest of the night.
With that loss and a Phillies win, the Mets now fall to third place in the NL East.
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Win Probability Added
Big winners:Neil Walker +13.8%
Big losers:Logan Verrett -36.3%, Asdrubal Cabrera -18.2%, Curtis Granderson -17.4%
Teh aw3s0mest play: Kevin Plawecki RBI single
Teh sux0rest play: Tony Wolters RBI double
Total pitcher WPA: -27.1%
Total batter WPA: -22.9%
GWRBI!: Charlie Blackmon