Once upon a time when the team was in first place, Mets GM Zack Scott could’ve traded for both Kris Bryant and Javy Báez, but he changed his mind after the organization found out Jacob deGrom’s injury was worse than originally thought. The front office made the decision to not go all in and now almost a month later, and with some false bravado from the same front office that punted the season, the Mets remain in free fall with Kris Bryant leading the charge against them. His big blow helped lead San Francisco to a 3-2 victory, which finished off the Giants’ sweep of the floundering Mets.
Bryant put the Giants on the board early with a two-run shot off Carlos Carrasco that forced the Mets to play from behind yet again. In a nice turn of events, the team actually fought back when Pete Alonso tied the game with a two-run shot of his own in the sixth inning. Unfortunately this team remains completely reliant on Alonso for all of their offense. They could not score outside of that home run and blew a big opportunity in the eighth when they loaded the bases. Jeff McNeil was sent up as a pinch-hitter and grounded out since this team is currently more successful at making small children cry than coming up with a big hit.
The good news is that Carrasco had perhaps his strongest outing as a Met. The Bryant home run was his only blemish and he finished his night retiring the final thirteen batters he faced. He struck out five and walked none against a good Giants lineup.
The bad news is Seth Lugo struggled when coming in for the second straight day. He retired nobody and gave up the go ahead run which wasn’t helped by a bad throw by Kevin Pillar. Aaron Loup looked shaky again when he relieved Lugo but he righted himself quickly and got the next three outs with the bases loaded without incurring any more damage. He did get help from Jonathan Villar who charged hard on a slow grounder and flipped the ball home to prevent another run from scoring.
Loup remains their best reliever despite his poor outing after relieving Walker in the second game of the series. Trevor May was also dominant and struck out two in his relief appearance. The pitching did everything it could to give the offense a chance but the team as a whole failed yet again. Brandon Nimmo, Báez, and Alonso all had good days at the plate but it just simply wasn’t enough as the team slides further and further away from contention.
*illar of the game
Kevin Pillar made a bad play, Jonathan Villar made a good one. Point Villar.
Win Probability Added
Big Mets winner: Pete Alonso, +21.2% WPA
Big Mets loser: Seth Lugo, -38.8% WPA
Mets pitchers: -9.3% WPA
Mets hitters: -40.7% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Pete Alonso home run in sixth
Teh sux0rest play: Darin Ruf RBI single in eighth