For the second straight night, the Mets found themselves four runs behind four batters into the bottom of the first inning. Unlike Monday night, when the Met offense showed some signs of life and fought back against Clayton Kershaw, the lineup managed four measly singles, and the only late drama was whether or not Corey Seager would make history as the Mets fell to a brutal defeat.
After Brandon McCarthy set the Mets down in order in the top of the first, Logan Forsythe led off the bottom of the inning, and Corey Seager followed with a home run (get used to hearing that) to center field. After Justin Turner reached on a T.J. Rivera error, Cody Bellinger followed with his league-leading 22nd home run—his third in two games—giving the rookie phenom 10 homers in his last 10 games.
The game remained 4-0 until the bottom of the fourth, when Seager struck again for his second of the night, this one a solo blast. The Dodgers then blasted away any remaining semblance of a contest the following inning by adding five more runs, punctuated by Seager's third home run of the night.
Brandon McCarthy completed six strong innings, allowing the aforementioned four singles, and the Mets were held hitless by Brock Stewart over the final three. Seager had an opportunity to follow Scooter Gennett into history when he came up in the bottom of the sixth with the bases loaded, but came up a bit short, flying out to left field. Logan Forsythe struck out to end the bottom of the eighth, leaving Seager stranded in the on-deck circle, and sending pretty much anyone still watching heading for the Hollywood Hills—or for bed, for any intrepid east coasters.
The 31-39 Mets are now 11.5 behind the Washington Nationals in the National League East, and 12.5 out of the second wild card spot. Or for those of you already with one eye on 2018 (and the MLB Draft order), the Mets currently have the sixth-worst record in baseball. Tyler Pill is on tap to come up and make his third career start tomorrow against a hot Dodgers team that has won five in a row, and 11 of their last 12.
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Win Probability Added
Big winners: None
Big losers: Robert Gsellman, -33.3% WPA (-2.6% WPA batting), Jose Reyes, -6.6% WPA
The aw3s0mest play: Michael Conforto hit-by-pitch in third inning, +1.8%
The sux0rest play: Corey Seager’s two-run first inning home run, -16.4%
Total pitcher WPA: 34.0% WPA-
Total batter WPA: 16.0% WPA-
GWRBI!: Corey Seager