Everything is going wrong for the New York Mets these days. Noah Syndergaard was supposed to take the mound on Thursday and attempt to end Mets’ losing streak at five games. But instead, news broke in the morning that the Mets’ ace was scratched from his start due to biceps tendinitis, another very unwelcome injury to New York early in the season. Matt Harvey got the starting nod instead, and it did not go well, and the Mets lost their sixth-straight game.
Harvey said he was not at all expecting to start this game until just three hours before the first pitch. He had gone through a heavy workout the night before, and was low on stamina coming into the game because of that. That would explain his performance in this game. According to Brooks Baseball, Harvey never topped 94 MPH in this game with his fastball, and his location and mechanics were all over the place. Unless something is physically wrong with him, Harvey appears to be a victim of poor communication by the Mets, who knew Syndergaard was hurt and that Harvey could start this game but did not tell Harvey that until Thursday morning.
But that’s not even the worst news of the game for the Mets. In the fourth inning, when legging out a double, Yoenis Cespedes pulled up lame, favoring his previously-injured hamstring. Cespedes was just in his second game back after returning from a prior hamstring issue he suffered last week. The Mets chose not to put him on the disabled list, but instead wanted him to rest it a few days and go back out there, but it came back to bite them. Cespedes figures to hit the DL this time, and given the nature of hamstring issues, it could be a while before he returns.
As for the actual game, Harvey made it through the first four innings only allowing two runs. He escaped trouble multiple times, leaving two runners on base in the second inning, and working out of a bases-loaded, nobody out jam in the fourth.
The Mets were down 2-0 in the fourth and managed to tie the game in the bottom of that fourth inning on a Neil Walker double and a wild pitch by R.A. Dickey. But that tie didn’t last for long, as Harvey went back out for the fifth inning and saw the tie evaporate in only a few pitches. A Freddie Freeman RBI double scored the first run to make it 3-2, and a Kurt Suzuki three-run home run later in the inning put the Braves up 6-2.
The Mets cut it to 6-3 on a solo shot by Jose Reyes in the fifth, but the Braves got that run back in the ninth off the struggling Jeurys Familia. New York kept fighting back in the ninth inning, pushing across two more runs, but couldn’t pull off the comeback. The Mets have quite a few issues to address going forward if they don’t want to fall out of the playoff race before it even begins.
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Big winners: Neil Walker, +19.5% WPA, Jose Reyes, +12.8% WPA
Big losers: Matt Harvey, -46.5% WPA, Travis d’Arnaud, -10.5% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Neil Walker hits an RBI double in the fourth inning, +12.7% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Kurt Suzuki hits a three-run homer in the fourth inning, -21.5% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -42.0% WPA
Total batter WPA: - 8.0% WPA
GWRBI!: Freddie Freeman