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Giants blow out punchless Mets in series opener

Megill surrenders four home runs over first four innings as offense musters only five hits in ugly defeat.

MLB: San Francisco Giants at New York Mets Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Tylor Megill was coming off perhaps the best start of a young career after being thrust into an unexpected role in the 2021 MLB season last week against the Giants. This time around, the Giants got a measure of revenge—and then some.

With one out in the top of the first, Megill hung a slider to Brandon Belt, who promptly deposited the ball 431 feet away to dead center, directly into the Home Run Apple. And the game would just get progressively worse for the Mets from there.

The one bright spot for the team was the return to the lineup of Francisco Lindor. Lindor nearly made his return a dramatic one, pulling a Sammy Long slider to the wall in left field to end the bottom of the first.

The Giants would continue their hitting assault in the top of the second. Old friend Wilmer Flores—greeted at the plate with the Friends theme song—would double to deep right field, and come around to score on an even deeper drive—a 451-foot blast that from Mike Yastrzemski that made a rare landing on the Shea Bridge.

It wasn’t just poor pitching on display for the Mets though—they displayed their inefficiency in virtually every aspect of the game. They would waste their first baserunner of the game—the Halley’s Comet-like appearance of a Javier Baez walk—when Michael Conforto grounded into a double play on a 3-2 count with the runner not in motion.

The Giants would threaten again in the top of the third thanks to taking an aggressive baserunning approach and avoiding a double play, as well as a defensive lapse when Megill failed to cover first on a grounder to Pete Alonso, but Megill managed to strike out two to keep the Giants off the board.

Megill would at least supply the Mets offensive highlight of the day in the bottom of the third by doubling over the head of a surprised LaMonte Wade Jr. Unfortunately, the highlights for Megill would end there, as the Giants would explode for four more runs in the top of the fourth, highlighted by back-to-back home runs by Wade Jr. and Belt.

Down 7-0 after four, and with only o ne hit from their punchless offense against soft-tossing lefty Long, it was essentially garbage time early at Citi Field—the Mets’ win expectancy was already down to 2.7% at that point and, as you can see in the chart below, never blipped any higher.

Little else of note happened in the game. The Mets’ prime trade deadline pitching acquisition, Trevor Williams, soaked up 2.1 innings of mop up time in relief of Megill, the Giants plated one more run in the eighth in part thanks to a botched Alonso throw to third on a fielder’s choice (ruled an infield single), and J.D. Davis narrowly missed suffering a scary injury when a Tyler Chatwood offering hit him in the back of his helmet.

Outscored 8-0 and outhit 15-5, the Mets were utterly outclassed by the Giants in the series opener, dropping the team to 2-9 in this stretch of games against the Giants and Dodgers that is mercifully almost over.

Box scores

-illar of the day

It was an -illar-less day at Citi Field Monday, as neither player took the field.

Win Probability Added

What’s WPA?

Big Mets winner: None
Big Mets loser: Tylor Megill, -32.3% WPA
Mets pitchers: 33.1% WPA
Mets hitters: -16.9% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Javier Baez leadoff walk in the bottom of the second, +3.7% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Mike Yastrzemski two-run home run in the top of the second, -15.3% WPA

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