Chris Flexen was the ultimate loser when the equivalent of two baseball games was over, but the loss really came down to the Mets inability to score once again. All night long it was one noncompetitive at-bat after another and rallies were nowhere to be seen.
The Mets did have an early lead on Amed Rosario’s RBI triple but that was it for the offense for quite awhile. Gio Gonzalez had no issues handling the lineup and neither did almost every other Milwaukee pitcher for the night.
Pete Alonso did get to Junior Guerra in the ninth to tie the game, but then the Mets played another full game without scoring. The combination of Adeiny Hechavarria and Jeff McNeil briefly gave the Mets the lead in the top of the eighteenth, but after walking the bases loaded in the bottom of the inning, Ryan Braun came up with the walk-off hit off Flexen to give the Brewers the victory.
Obviously, that is the glaring mistake but the Mets’ pitching was good all night long. Zack Wheeler had a nice bounce-back start although he did have one shaky inning yet again and his own error cost him a run. Still, he pitched seven innings, gave up two runs and struck out ten. After that the bullpen held and pitched their own scoreless game. Daniel Zamora, Seth Lugo, Edwin Diaz, Drew Gagnon, Ryan O’Rourke, and Robert Gsellman pitched nine scoreless innings and struck out seven. Both Lugo and Gsellman pitched three innings each and looked outstanding in their appearances.
The combination of Wheeler and the bullpen combining for two runs in seventeen innings gave the offense plenty of chances, but they never seized the opportunity until it was too late and the last man in the pen was Chris Flexen who was just recalled before the game.
Perhaps just as concerning as the lack of offense was the terrible defense by Amed Rosario. His teammates bailed him out on multiple occasions but it seemed he could not make a play all night long.
This team is struggling in almost all facets of the game right now and they will need to figure it out fast as they have now dropped to below .500 for the season.
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Win Probability Added
Big winners: Robert Gsellman +40.9%, Seth Lugo +40.9%, Jeff McNeil +34.5%, Edwin Diaz +13.6%, Ryan O’Rourke +13.4%
Big losers: Chris Flexen -66.5%, Robinson Cano -27.1%, Wilson Ramos -22.8%, Brandon Nimmo -22.1%, Amed Rosario -17.6%, J.D. Davis -13.2%, Tomas Nido -10.3%
Total pitcher WPA: +54.8%
Total batter WPA: -104.8%
Teh aw3s0mest play: Pete Alonso home run in ninth
Teh sux0rest play: Ryan Braun single in eighteenth