The Rockies, who came to Citi Field with two whole wins on the road so far this year, meeting the depleted Mets had all the makings of what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. Ultimately, it was Austin Gomber and the Rockies who came out on top with a 3-2 win in the series opener.
David Peterson got the start opposite Gomber and got hit hard all night long. He managed to limit the damage, but nobody was getting to the long home runs hit by Ryan McMahon and Elias Diaz in the second inning. He gave up another run in the fourth that was triple-y painful. Garret Hampson blasted one to center that was just out of reach of Johneshwy Fargas. His momentum carried him forward, and he crashed into the wall and immediately went down in pain. It ended up as a RBI triple by Hampson and it turned out to be the game-winning run. Unfortunately it also knocked Fargas out of the game with a shoulder injury.
Peterson salvaged his night and finished six innings, allowing just the three runs, but considering how hard Colorado was hitting the ball all night one has to wonder if his fate would’ve been different against a better hitting team. All in all he did his job and kept his team in it at as best as he could.
Unfortunately, the injuries are catching up to this team. The replacements were a fun story for a while, but it’s not sustainable. Early on the only highlight for the Mets was first baseman James McCann’s defensive gem in the field on his very first try as a professional player. Gomber met very little resistance as he carved through the lineup. At one point, I got up to make coffee in the Keurig and by the time I sat back down, the Mets’ half inning was already over. McCann finally broke through in the seventh inning when he put the Mets on the board with a solo shot to break up the shutout.
The combination of Jacob Barnes and Yennsy Diaz kept it a 3-1 game going into the ninth. Gomber remained on the mound for Colorado shooting for the complete game but pinch-hitter Brandon Drury greeted him rudely with a home run to cut the lead to one. Patrick Mazeika followed with a hit which finely put an end to Gomber’s night. Colorado then turned to Carlos Estevez to nail down the victory with the top of the lineup coming up. Unfortunately, three awful at bats later and Estevez managed to do just that giving the Rockies their third road win of the season. Jonathan Villar, Francisco Lindor, and James McCann just kept swinging away hoping to end the game. None of them did and instead Villar and McCann got strikeouts for their trouble while Lindor hit a pop up. After the game manager Luis Rojas revealed they were out of players and a pitcher might’ve had to play the field if the Mets had tied the game, so perhaps that played a role in each player trying to end the game with one swing but it didn’t work. So the good news is the Mets managed to avoid an extra inning crisis but bad news they dropped the first game to the Rockies.
They will try to change their fortunes in game two when they get both their ace on the mound and his bat in the lineup when Jacob deGrom makes his return.
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Win Probability Added
Big Mets winner: Patrick Mazeika, +17.7% WPA
Big Mets loser: Francisco Lindor, -21% WPA
Mets pitchers: -7% WPA
Mets hitters: -43% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Patrick Mazeika single in ninth
Teh sux0rest play: Ryan McMahon home run in second