Today the Mets got soaked, rocked, and beaten at Citi Field, losing to the Blue Jays 12-1. In a game that perfectly matched the weather, the Mets played about as poorly as they could, showing no signs of a team that put up a dozen runs the night before.
Zack Wheeler started off the game strongly, striking out both Curtis Granderson and Josh Donaldson to begin his day. However, the third batter of the game, Justin Smoak, put a home run over the wall in right-center field to put his team on the board.
Jays starter J.A. Happ looked sharp early on, limiting the Mets to one hit the first trip through the order, a single to Luis Guillorme. Michael Conforto nearly added a second hit to the tally, but center fielder Kevin Pillar made a spectacular play against the wall to rob him of a hit.
An 18-minute delay happened in the bottom of the third, after Happ slipped on his first pitch to Amed Rosario. Steve Gelbs reported that during the delay, 80-100 bags of Diamond Dry was used to attempt to soak up some of the moisture on the infield.
After a 27 minute break between pitches, Wheeler walked Donaldson to start the fourth inning. That walk came back to haunt him, as two batters later Teoscar Hernandez launched a home run over the left-field wall, putting the Mets down 3-0. The next two batters reached on singles as well, before striking out Gio Urshela to end the inning.
The top of fifth inning was a nightmare for Wheeler, who walked Happ, gave up a double to Granderson, a single to Donaldson, a double to Smoak, and a walk to Hernandez before Mickey Callaway pulled him from the game without retiring a single battle in the inning. He was relieved by Robert Gsellman. Gsellman got two quick outs before walking Luke Maile, but ended the inning without allowing an inherited runner to score after Urshela flew out to center field.
A.J. Ramos pitched the sixth, and gave up a single to Happ and another double to Granderson, before Donaldson plated Happ with a sacrifice fly. Ramos then walked Smoak, and gave up an RBI single to Hernandez, putting the Jays up 8-0. Two batters later, Pillar singled home Smoak, which signaled the end of the day for Ramos. Jacob Rhame finished out the sixth for the Mets.
Rhame stayed on for the seventh, where he faced Granderson, for whom Rhame was traded last season. While he gave up a single and a walk (to Granderson), he got out of the inning unscathed.
The game was so dreadful that SNY brought a box of baseball cards into the booth for Gary Cohen and Ron Darling to randomly draw from for conversation starters.
Buddy Baumann made his Mets debut in the eighth, striking out two and not allowing a baserunner. After multiple trips up and down to Las Vegas, it was a nice first appearance for Baumann.
Well, until his second inning of work.
Baumann gave up a single to Maile, a double to Dwight Smith Jr, and then a home run to Richard Urena to put the Mets behind by a dozen runs, a defecit they’d never dig out from under.
Aaron Loup contributed a scoreless eighth, before Danny Barnes came in and gave up a home run to pinch hitter Brandon Nimmo and a double to Wilmer Flores, before eventually retiring Conforto to end the game. It was the only sign of life the Mets showed all day.
The Mets have tomorrow off before welcoming the Arizona Diamondbacks to Citi Field for a three game set. Zack Godley will face Jacob deGrom in the Friday night series opener.
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Win Probability Added
Big winners: Nobody
Big losers: Zack Wheeler, -26.9% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Wilmer Flores’s two-out double in the ninth inning
Teh sux0rest play: Teoscar Hernandez’s two-run home run
Total pitcher WPA: -27.1% WP
Total batter WPA: -22.9$WPA
GWRBI!: Teoscar Hernandez