After beating the Brewers on Thursday and Friday nights, the Mets lost to them on Saturday evening. That result can mostly be chalked up to Logan Verrett, who gave up five runs in four innings in his spot start.
The Mets got off to a good start in the game when Asdrubal Cabrera hit an opposite field two-run home run in the second inning, but it was mostly downhill from there. Verrett served up the first of the three home runs he allowed to Chris Carter in the bottom of that inning and allowed the Brewers to tie the game later that inning when a run scored on a double play. Ryan Braun took Verrett deep in the third, and opposing pitcher Wily Peralta, who had hit a long fly ball earlier in the game, hit a no-doubt two-run home run.
That was enough to put the game out of reach. Curtis Granderson hit a solo home run in the fifth, but Antonio Bastardo gave up back-to-back solo home runs to Scooter Gennett and Ryan Braun in the seventh inning. In the ninth, the Mets threatened to make a comeback, but they settled for just one run on a sac fly off the bat of Wilmer Flores.
The highlight of the game for the Mets on the mound came from Hansel Robles, who looked good while pitching two scoreless innings before turning things over to Bastardo. He had struggled coming into this series, and it would help the Mets’ bullpen quite a bit if he could be a reliever the team can rely on in high-leverage situations. He’s shown promising signs that he can be that guy in his major league career thus far.
At the plate, Curtis Granderson stole the show. On top of his solo home run, he hit a triple and a single. He’s been hitting well for a couple of weeks now, but he’s hit really well over the past few days.
Losing to the Brewers isn’t ideal, but if the Mets are able to win today with Steven Matz on the mound, they will have taken three of four in the series and will return to New York with a winning road trip under their belts. Here’s hoping that is the case.
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Win Probability Added
Big winners: Curtis Granderson, +21.6% WPA, Asdrubal Cabrera, +13.3% WPA
Big losers: Logan Verrett, -33.5% WPA, Neil Walker, -16.1% WPA, Michael Conforto, -10.5% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Asdrubal Cabrera hits a two-run home run in the second, +16.3% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Wily Peralta hits a two-run home run in the fourth, -18.2% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -34.7% WPA
Total batter WPA: -15.3% WPA
GWRBI!: Wily Peralta