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Mets muster little offense in dropping series opener to Dodgers

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Seven Dodger pitchers held the Mets to six hits as New York fell back below .500.

MLB: New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets drew a bullpen game against the Dodgers in the series opener in Los Angeles, hoping to find a different result after getting swept by the defending World Champions at Citi Field this past weekend and to get back above .500 and back in range of a pennant race.

The offense started slowly, with a sharp Pete Alonso single marking the team’s only baserunner over the first two frames. Meanwhile, in the bottom of the second, the Dodgers demonstrated the patience and productivity the Mets offense too often lacks. After Corey Seager drew a leadoff walk—with the help of a couple of borderline ball calls that frustrated Walker—newly-minted Mets killer Will Smith lined a double to right to put runners on second and third.

A.J. Pollock and Chris Taylor both followed with productive outs—grounders to the right side of the infield that advanced the baserunners, plating both runs to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.

Alonso led off the fourth with another laser of a single, and came around to score on J.D. Davis’ one-out double down the left field line. This brought the Dodgers’ third pitcher into the game, Victor Gonzalez. Dom Smith ripped a liner into the shift, but it was snagged by Trea Turner, and turned into a double play thanks to some poor baserunning by Davis.

Walker looked good most of the night, though not as sharp as the six no-hit innings of his previous outing. However, the Dodgers got an opening in the fifth and capitalized. Chris Taylor reached on an infield single with one out, advancing to second when Davis threw unwisely—and wildly—to first. This removed any chance of a double play on Cody Bellinger’s ground out, and the Dodgers capitalized with a two out rally.

Pinch hitter Billy McKinney came through against his former team with an RBI double, and Trea Turner followed with a grounder through the hole to score McKinney. Though only making the score 4-1, the lead felt much larger against the Mets punchless offense.

The Mets would record only one more hit over the final four frames, and the final eight batters went down in order. Over the entire game, the team was held to six hits—five singles—by the seven Dodger pitchers. The loss in the series opener was the team’s fourth consecutive loss to the Dodgers this season, and their sixth loss in the first seven games of their 13 game stretch of games against the Dodgers and Giants.

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-illar of the day

Jonathan Villar. Anyone who irritates Trea Turner is doing the Lord’s work.

Win Probability Added

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What’s WPA?

Big Mets winner: J.D. Davis, +8.1% WPA
Big Mets loser: Taijuan Walker, -19.9% WPA
Mets pitchers: 18.3% WPA
Mets hitters: -31.7% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: J.D. Davis RBI double in the top of the fourth, +13.2% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Will Smith double in the bottom of the second, -11.1% WPA

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