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Mets’ offense unable to overcome Yamamoto’s struggles in loss to Marlins

Jordan Yamamoto’s second inning woes put the Mets in a hole too deep to climb out of.

MLB: New York Mets at Miami Marlins Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Less than 18 hours after losing in walk-off fashion, the Mets were back at it again in Miami, facing off against the Fish in a rubber match to determine the winner of the weekend series. The Mets put all their big guns in the lineup, such as James McCann batting third and Cameron Maybin batting fifth. With these red-hot hitters powering the lineup, there was no way the Mets could lose.

There was hope, though, with Jordan Yamamoto taking the mound for New York for the first time since a solid relief appearance on May 5th, that the Mets could get something happening against the Marlins.

Spoiler alert: the Mets couldn’t get something happening against the Marlins.

Cody Poteet started the game for the Marlins today, a new rookie for the Marlins who only started two games prior to today. His first inning on the mound he worked well, getting two routine fly outs from Jonathan Villar and Francisco Lindor, and after a rare McCann base hit, Dominic Smith grounded into a force out to end the inning. On the Mets side Yamamoto took the mound, looking to build on his prior solid appearance. Yamamoto had a relatively painless first inning, other than a walk to Miguel Rojas, he got three fly outs. So far so good for both teams.

The top of the second was more of the same for the Mets offense. After a Maybin bunt pop out and Johneshwy Fargas strikeout, Brandon Drury prolonged the inning with a two out single. It looked like Khalil Lee might keep the good times rolling with a scorcher off the bat, but Jazz Chisholm Jr. made an excellent diving play to rob him of a hit and end the inning. Yamamoto’s second inning was marked by trouble, where he started the inning by loading the bases through a single, a walk, and a hit by pitch. He struck out Magneuris Sierra looking to get an out but Poteet hit a soft single back to Yamamoto, which drove in a run and kept the bases loaded. Chisholm hit a single over the head of Lindor, driving in another run, and then Miguel Rojas hit what looked like a double play. Smith got it, threw to second, then Lindor’s relay back to Yamamoto at first went wild, allowing two more runs to score. Aguilar then hit a single to center allowing Rojas to score without issue. Yamamoto finally stopped the bleeding by striking out Corey Dickerson, but the damage was done.

The top of the third was started with a Jordan Yamamoto single, and could’ve led to some bigger things for the Mets. So, of course, he was immediately erased by a Villar double play, quickly taking any wind out of the Mets’ sails. Lindor hit a ball hard, but it didn’t even get to the warning track in right before being caught to end the inning. Yamamoto’s bottom of the third started out the same way as his second, with a Brian Anderson single, but he got a line out and fly out to left field. Sierra hit a single, as trouble began to brew, but this time Yamamoto was able to put away Poteet on a ground out and avoided giving up even more runs.

The Mets offensive woes continued in the fourth. Poteet got McCann to ground out, Smith to pop out, and Maybin to strike out in succession, his first clean inning of the day. On the other side, Yamamoto had his best inning of the game, getting Chisholm to fly out, and Rojas and Aguilar to pop out, finishing a clean inning needing only seven pitches. The fifth inning was more of the same, with Fargas popping out, Drury flying out, and Khalil Lee striking out. In the bottom of the fifth the Mets made a change and put Robert Gsellman on the mound after Yamamoto pitched four innings, along with a flurry of defensive changes, including pulling Khalil Lee and putting offensive powerhouse Wilfredo Tovar in at second. Gsellman had a good showing, allowing only a two out single but stranding the runner at first.

The sixth inning was more of the same. Tovar immediately made his presence known with a pop out, Villar grounded out, and Lindor grinded his way through a nine pitch at-bat just to strike out in the end. Gsellman looked good in his half of the inning, getting Sierra to line out, Poteet to ground out, and Chisholm to strike out. The seventh inning was, you guessed it, just as offensively slight for the Mets as all the previous ones. McCann and Smith grounded out and Maybin lined out. Gsellman continued pitching well in the seventh, getting Rojas to fly out, Aguilar to ground out, and Dickerson to strike out.

Finally, in the eighth inning, the Mets’ luck began to change (not much, but still). Fargas hit a leadoff double, to give the Mets their first runner in scoring position of the day. After Drury flew out and Peraza grounded out, the Mets looked in danger of leaving yet another inning with a zero in the box score. But Wilfredo Tovar, unlikeliest of heroes, drove in Fargas with an RBI single. Villar immediately stopped any chance at a rally by striking out. In the bottom of the eighth Yennsy Diaz was the pitcher on the mound for the Mets, and he looked good in his first major league appearance of the season, with the only baserunner being a walk to Garrett Cooper, otherwise striking out Brian Anderson and getting Sandy Leon to fly out and Sierra to ground out.

In the top of the ninth, the Mets offense was the same story it was every other inning. Lindor lined out, McCann struck out. Dominic Smith delayed the inevitable by getting a two out single, but Cameron Maybin struck out and put everyone out of their misery. The Mets ended the game losing 5-1, with their depleted offense and starting pitching staff showing the serious issues that injuries have caused to this team. The Mets now head home, first to face the Rockies, one of the worst teams in baseball, and are on track to get Jacob deGrom back for the second start in that series. Hopefully the Mets can turn things around and get some winning momentum going into the weekend, when they are facing their divisional rivals the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Because the way the team is playing right now, they won’t be in first place for long.

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What’s WPA?

Big Mets winner: Robert Gsellman, +1.2% WPA
Big Mets loser: Jordan Yamamoto, -29.3% WPA
Mets pitchers: -30.0% WPA
Mets hitters: -20.0% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Magneuris Sierra struck out looking in the 2nd, +7.0% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Cody Poteet singled to Yamamoto in the 2nd, -9.6% WPA