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Mets vs. Marlins Recap: Dark day in Flushing

Marlins blow out Mets as Adam Wilk struggles in start for suspended Matt Harvey.

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Adam Wilk got on a plane from Los Angeles around midnight, and his day pretty much only got worse from there. Wilk and the Mets fell behind 3-0 four batters into the game on a walk and a double, followed by a three-run home run from Giancarlo Stanton. In his next at-bat in the third inning, Stanton added a second home run which would have travelled an estimated four hundred sixty-eight feet had the windows of the Porsche Grille in left field not gotten in the way.

Adeiny Hechavarria led off the fourth with his first home run of the year before a two-out double by Christian Yelich mercifully ended Wilk’s impromptu Met debut—Wilk was called up to start in place of the suspended Matt Harvey—after 3.2 innings. Paul Sewald did his best to preserve the bullpen by surrendering only one run over 3.1 innings while striking out six. After closing out last night’s 11-3 victory with two innings, Sewald has now thrown eighty-four pitches over the last two days, potentially leaving a pitching staff decimated by injuries and now a suspension that much thinner.

The Mets’ streak of scoring five or more runs ended emphatically at nine games, as the offense went suddenly silent against Jose Urena, who needed only sixty-three pitches to get through six innings. A Neil Walker hit-by-pitch marked the only baserunner of the game for the Mets until the sixth inning, when Rene Rivera recorded the Mets’ first and only hit on a leadoff blooper to left. T.J. Rivera walked(!) with two outs to bring Jay Bruce to the plate with a chance to cut the lead in half, but a line out to Marcell Ozuna in left ended the Mets’ only real threat of the game.

Perhaps the only good news for the Mets on a tumultuous, frustrating day was the positive reports on Asdrubal Cabrera’s left thumb, where an MRI revealed no ligament tear. In victory, the Marlins did see two players leave with injury—Miguel Rojas in the second inning with a right thumb injury, and Martin Prado (who came into the game when Rojas was removed) to a right hamstring injury which may well land him on the DL. Surprisingly, no Mets were harmed during the playing of today’s game

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What’s WPA?

Big winners: Neil Walker, +3.2% WPA
Big losers: Adam Wilk, -31.1% WPA
The aw3s0mest play: Neil Walker hit-by-pitch in the second inning, +3.7%
hitThe sux0rest play: Giancarlo Stanton’s three-run home run in the first inning, -17.9%
Total pitcher WPA: 32.8% WPA-
Total batter WPA: 17.2% WPA-
GWRBI!: Giancarlo Stanton