Jacob deGrom has been one of the few bright spots this season, but even his starts are significantly dimmed by the play of the rest of the team. Last night’s game was no exception, and the Mets’ 5-2 loss to close out their third-worst month in team history sealed their co-habitation in last place.
Through five innings, deGrom was deGrom. He was in complete control and looked every bit the Cy Young candidate that he is. He even had a lead, albeit a slim one. Jose Bautista put the Mets on the board with a solo home run in the first, and Todd Frazier tacked on another in the sixth to give them a 2-0 lead.
Unfortunately, deGrom faltered in the bottom of the sixth. After an infield single, he made a mistake, which Brian Anderson turned into a home run that tied the game. With two outs, things spiraled from there, but being deGrom, he still almost wiggled out of it until a soft grounder by JT Riddle greatly confused Wilmer Flores. He did not charge the ball and by the time he fielded it Riddle had run by him and was safe at first. That soft grounder led to the third run, and the Marlins had the lead.
That was it. Anyone watching the game could easily realize that is how the Mets would lose this game. The offense was flailing away against Pablo Lopez, who was making his major league debut. Virtually nothing was hit hard, productive outs were non-existent, and clutch hitting a memory so distant that you can’t remember if it ever existed at all. The perfect example is when Flores led off the fourth with a double. Both Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco grounded out to third so Flores couldn’t advance. Amed Rosario was intentionally walked, and deGrom flew out to end the inning.
That wasn’t their only opportunity squandered, but it is a microcosm of this team’s struggles. Even fundamental baseball is beyond their grasp. They just compounded their issues when Rosario made an error that prolonged the seventh with Robert Gsellman in the game. J.T. Realmuto took the opportunity and ran with it when he hit a double to bring home two runners. Not that it mattered by the time this game is over, but it seems every mistake this team makes gets amplified. Every game is a tightrope walk, and even the tiniest of slips leads to wobbles that can’t be overcome.
There’s nothing left to say except the Bill Parcells quote: “You are what your record says you are.” For the 2018 New York Mets, that is a last-place team.
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Win Probability Added
Big winners: none
Big losers: Jacob deGrom -14.6%, Robert Gsellman -14.0%
Teh aw3s0mest play: Todd Frazier home run in sixth
Teh sux0rest play: Brian Anderson home run in sixth
Total pitcher WPA: -27.9%
Total batter WPA: -22.1%
GWRBI!: JT Riddle