During their most recent road trip, the Mets were plagued with falling behind early, then not being able to fight back in the late innings; last night against the Diamondbacks was different, though. They hung four early runs off Wade Miley to take a 4-2 into the latter part of the game, but the bullpen couldn’t make it stand up to stop the losing streak.
Dillon Gee took the mound against the Diamondbacks to be the stopper that the Mets needed after such a terrible road trip. Outside of the two-run homer he gave up to Cody Ransom, Gee was strong in his six innings of work before he handed it off to the New York bullpen. His final stat line of the night was: 6 IP, 4 hits, 2 runs, 3 BB, and 6 Ks. Unlike their recent match-up against the Astros, the Mets
were able to come back early on to take a 4-2 in the third; the bases were loaded with nobody out after a Ruben Tejada single, Daniel Murphy double, and David Wright walk. After Lucas Duda struck out, it was Scott Hairston coming through in the clutch, hitting a two-run double. Ike Davis brought in the third run of the inning on his RBI ground out before Andres Torres capped the rally after his RBI single.
The score stayed at 4-2 for the rest of Gee’s appearance, then he handed it off to the struggling bullpen. The first man out of the ‘pen for Terry Collins was Bobby Parnell, who shut down Arizona in the seventh. To lead off the eighth, Justin Upton hit a ground ball right through the legs of Ike Davis, then all hell broke loose. Tim Byrdak walked Jason Kubel in his 0.1 innings of work before Jon Rauch came in and served his breaking ball on a tee for Paul Goldschmidt, doubling in two runs to tie the game. Then, for good measure, Cody Ransom was at it again with an RBI single to take the lead.
New York tried to put a rally together in the eighth, but nothing happened, and went down in order in the ninth thanks to to J.J. Putz, recording his sixth save of the year. The win puts Arizona back over .500 at 14-13, 3.5 games behind the division-leading Dodgers. For the Mets, it’s their fourth straight loss, dropping them to 13-13 on the season, now 4 games behind the Nationals, who after struggling last week, have won three in row.
What’s most concerning about the Mets right now is the performance of their bullpen. That was first on the list of things to do over the winter for Sandy Alderson, and he did a great job rebuilding a ‘pen that was ranked 28th in the league last season. For most of April, they looked fantastic, but after posting an 8.64 ERA in their last seven games, Terry Collins said they need to stop walking hitters. The bullpen only walked two last night, but one came right after the Davis error, and ended up scoring as the tying run.
Plus, outside of that four-run 3rd inning, the offense looked stagnant, once again. Daniel Murphy collected two hits and Andres Torres enjoyed his first multi-hit game as a Met, but New York couldn’t put anything together with their nine hits. Duda was back in the lineup, but left five men on base, so did Scott Hairston, and Davis left four on. Coupled with that error, Davis is now 1-12 after he looked to come alive in Colorado.
This team is down right now; we get the opportunity to see if their losing streak will either bury them, or help them rise above and stay competitive.
Probable Pitchers today:
The Mets are turning to Johan Santana to be their ace and stopper this afternoon, as he looks for his first win of the year in front of the home crowd. Arizona is countering with Patrick Corbin, who started the year out in Double-A, but a strong spring earned his call up after the injury of Josh Collmenter, and he’s ready to put back-to-back solid starts together. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05pm.