Last night in Atlanta, the Mets lost a game. As far as the standings are concerned, it was the same as any other loss, but it was a game that tested the limits of the “it ain’t over til it’s over” approach to baseball.
The details of the game are out there on the internet if you want to re-live the game in gruesome play-by-play detail. In short, Pete Alonso hit a two-run home run in the top of the first, and then the Braves went on to score twenty unanswered runs.
In addition to losing the game, though, the Mets lost David Peterson to injury, as the lefty left early with a sharp pain in his right side. Before that, the Mets might have lost a little confidence in him, too, as he didn’t pitch well. In total, Peterson gave up six runs in three innings, five of which were earned, making for a poor start after he had strung together three pretty good ones. He now has a 5.40 ERA on the season.
The pitchers who relieved Peterson weren’t any better. Sean Reid-Foley recorded just one out and gave up five runs, four of them earned, and after putting up a 2.30 ERA in his first 15.2 innings with the Mets, he’s now the owner of a 5.66 ERA on the season just five innings later. Thomas Szapucki made his major league debut after that, and he gave up six runs of his own in three-and-two-thirds innings. Outfielder Albert Almora Jr. recorded the last three outs the Mets were required to record, and he kindly gave up three runs in the process, perhaps not wanting to show up the three actual pitchers who proceeded him and pitched as though they were position players for a night.
Tonight, though, the Mets have Jacob deGrom on the mound and the opportunity to take the series in Atlanta. The team pretty much has to trade for at least one starting pitcher at this point, but in the short term, it’s back to the regularly scheduled programming of deGrom, Taijuan Walker, and Marcus Stroman.
Win Probability Added
Big Mets winner: Pete Alonso, +22.8% WPA
Big Mets loser: David Peterson, -36.5% WPA
Mets pitchers: -48.2% WPA
Mets hitters: -1.8% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Pete Alonso hits a two-run home run in the top of the first, +17.5% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Austin Riley drives in two runs on a single in the third, -18.2% WPA