Despite achieving, ahem, moral victories, in the first two games of the series, there was no such silver lining in this one, as the Mets lost 14-4 to complete a three game sweep at the hands of the Dodgers. Carlos Carrasco had a disastrous start, the bulk bullpen arms weren’t much better (Jake Reed excepted) and the offense was somehow even worse than all that, going hitless with RISP. If you’d not already given up on the season, it’d be understandable to do so after last night.
At the very least, the Mets didn’t draw this one out, basically putting themselves in a losing position from the jump. Justin Turner and Will Smith both homered in the first, and Max Muncy added another in the second. Sandwiched in-between was a run-scoring double by Trea Turner and a first-and-third situation with one out that the Mets failed to capitalize on in the bottom of the first. Very quickly, the Dodgrs had a 6-0 lead.
More squandered opportunities followed. A single and an error put two men on with one out in the bottom of the second, but Carlos Carrasco was allowed to bat. That choice by Rojas short circuited the inning and led to no runs, a baffling decision given that Carrasco didn’t take the mound in the top of the third. In the third, a walk and a double put two runners in scoring position with no outs, but the Mets managed only one run on a ground out. Same in the fourth, when the Mets had the bases loaded with one out but again managed only one run on an RBI ground out.
Those runs ultimately didn’t matter anyway, as the Dodgers got them back in the top of the sixth. Michael Conforto misplayed a catchable ball into a triple for Billy McKinney, who then scored on a sacrifice fly by Max Scherzer. Two batters later, Max Muncy went deep again, a two-run shot that stretched the Dodger lead to 9-2.
Yet more squandered opportunities followed. Two walks and a single loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh. A wild pitch scored one run and a walk re-loaded the bases, but all the Mets could muster was a sacrifice fly. The score was a little closer at 9-4, but the Mets missed a chance at actually getting back in the game and were now 0-for-12 with RISP.
The Dodgers, being a team with an actual offense, were not as inept when handed another scoring opportunity. An infield single and two walks loaded the bases with two outs before a Will Smith single and Chris Taylor double led to three more runs. It was 12-4, and the game was basically over. The Mets went in order in the bottom of the 8th, let Brandon Drury and Kevin Pillar pitch the ninth, gave up two more runs (another Muncy home run) and ultimately lost 14-4.
At 59-58, the Mets’ continue to fade fast. Another ten games against the Dodgers and Giants means more tough games ahead, and with the Phillies and Braves both surging (to various degrees), things are looking bleak. Rich Hill will take the mound against Kevin Gausman in the first game of the a series with San Francisco tomorrow evening.
*illar of the game
None. No further elaboration required.
Win Probability Added
Big Mets winner: None
Big Mets loser: Carlos Carrasco, -38.9% WPA
Mets pitchers: -42.3% WPA
Mets hitters: -7.7% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Pete Alonso doubles in the bottom of the third, +5.0% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Justin Turner hits a two-run home run in the first, -16.5% WPA