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Edwin Diaz falters, Mets drop series opener to Reds

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Zack Wheeler gave up four, and the Mets couldn’t score five.

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The Mets couldn’t keep the good times rolling after their victory on Sunday, dropping the opener of their four-game series with the Reds in a rough 5-4 loss. It was one of the tougher losses of the young season, as the Mets had plenty of chances to run away with the game but couldn’t capitalize on myriad opportunities.

Zack Wheeler took the mound for the Mets and continued the concerning April trend of Mets starting pitchers getting roughed up and working up high pitch counts early on. Wheeler actually got through the first inning seamlessly, but he ran into major trouble in the second inning.

Wheeler began the frame by issuing two straight walks, and Jose Iglesias followed with an RBI double after Wilson Ramos had dropped a foul tip that would’ve been strike three earlier in the at bat. Tucker Barnhart followed with an RBI single, and two batters later, Jose Peraza smacked an RBI double of his own down the left field line. Eugenio Suarez hit a sacrifice fly later in the inning, and by the time it was finally over, Wheeler had thrown nearly 30 pitches in the inning and the Mets trailed 4-0.

But that inning turned out to be an odd hiccup in an otherwise fine start for Wheeler. From the third inning on, the Mets’ starter would retire 6 of the next 7 and 11 of the last 14 batters he faced. He finished his night after going six innings, only having allowed those four runs in the second inning, with seven hits and three walks. It was an uneven start in what has been an uneven season for Wheeler to this point.

On offense, the Mets pushed across two runs in the second inning on an RBI double by Wilson Ramos and an RBI single by Amed Rosario, but could only cut the deficit in half to 4-2. They were still fighting from behind in the fourth inning, when Reds starter Tanner Roark just completely fell apart. With two out and nobody on, he walked Juan Lagares, allowed a hit to Wheeler, then walked Jeff McNeil and Pete Alonso to allow a run to score, which ended his night after just 3.2 innings.

Wandy Peralta took over for the Reds and immediately walked Brandon Nimmo on four pitches to allow the tying run to score. Michael Conforto flew out with the bases loaded, though, which was a trend the Mets couldn’t break the whole night.

The team left 10 runners on base overall. They left one runner on in the second inning, two on in the third, the aforementioned three in the fourth, two in the sixth, and two in the eighth. The pitching was able to keep them in the game, but the offense couldn’t capitalize. After Wheeler departed, Seth Lugo and Jeurys Familia held down the seventh and eighth innings without allowing a run, though Familia did get a lot of help on a bases-loaded double play by Todd Frazier.

Edwin Diaz couldn’t hold the tie any longer, though. The Mets’ closer, who has been so good this year, allowed just his second run of the year on a solo shot by Jesse Winker with 2 outs in the 9th, and the Reds took a 5-4 lead. The Mets had no answer for Raisel Iglesias in the bottom of the 9th, and dropped the series opener in frustrating fashion.

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What’s WPA?

Big winners: Jeurys Familia, +9.7% WPA, Seth Lugo, +8.1% WPA
Big losers: Edwin Diaz, -32.7% WPA, Todd Frazier, -17.5% WPA, Zack Wheeler, -10.9% WPA, Michael Conforto, -10.7% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -25.9 WPA
Total batter WPA: -24.1% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Brandon Nimmo draws a bases-loaded walk in the fourth inning, +14.4% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Jesse Winker homers in the ninth inning, -42.6% WPA