Well, maybe the Mets shouldn’t have anymore “themed” road trips. First, they got embarassed in Houston after flying their in their best western attire, and now they get blown out by the Blue Jays after they made the trek up to Toronto in their favorite Hockey sweaters. Toronto kept their hot streak going against New York teams with their third straight win, and we got to see first-hand why they’re one of the most powerful teams in the league, by way of the home run.
off in the bottom of the first with a three-run home run to give Toronto an early 3-0 lead, and they wouldn’t look back from there. The Mets came back in the top of the second to start a rally off of Ricky Romero, but could only muster one run on a Rob Johnson ground out after a walk to Daniel Murphy and double by Scott Hairston to lead off the inning. Niese gave up his second homer of the night to Yan Gomez in the bottom of the second, then Jose Bautista drove in the fifth Blue Jay run with an RBI single.
After a scoreless top of the 3rd, Niese gave up two more home runs to put the game out of reach for the Mets; J.P. Arencibia went deep for the second time, and Rajai Davis hit a two-run bomb to make it 8-1 Toronto, sealing the lefty’s fate for an early shower. Niese ended the game with 3IP, 8 hits, 8 runs, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts, and 4 home runs allowed. Then came in everyone’s favorite reliever to try and eat some innings in a mop up situation, Manny Acosta. However, he just made matters even worse.
In his 2 innings of work, Acosta only gave up 2 hits, but walked 4 Blue Jay hitters, gave up 5 runs, struck out 4, and gave up a gopher ball to stretch the embarrassment to 13-1. Acosta’s ERA on the season is now 10.53…can we release him yet? Ramon Ramirez came in for Acosta to pitch an inning and gave up another run on 2 hits. Robert Carson made his first appearance of the season and threw a scoreless inning, the perfect situation for him to get his feet wet in the Majors. Also, the biggest bright spot was backup catcher Rob Johnson coming in to pitch the 8th inning; his outing was hitless while registering a strikeout..better than Acosta!
New York did put together a four-run rally in the top of the 8th inning to make the game a little more bearable. Andres Torres walked and Justin Turner got hit by a pitch to lead off the frame. Lucas Duda walked to load the bases with one out, then Daniel Murphy grounded out to drive in a run. Scott Hairston followed Murph with a three-run home run to make it 14-5.
This embarassing loss drops the Mets to 21-18 on the season, tied with Miami for 3rd place, 3.5 games out of first. New York continues to struggle on the road, with their road record dropping to 9-10 in 2012. The one positive that can come out of this blowout? David Wright registered his 1,300 hit in the first inning with a ground rule double. Wright was taken out in the 6th inning to get some rest, and it’s possible that he will get Saturday off as well. There’s not much to say about the pitching; Niese just had a bad day, and hasn’t necessarily been effective since his first few starts of the season, but the performance of Manny Acosta just angers me. I’m not sure why management has been holding onto him this long; until he gets the boot, this bullpen will continue to struggle because Collins constantly uses him as the first or second man out of the ‘pen.
Probable Pitchers today:
Miguel Batista (1-1, 4.26 ERA) is going to try and right the ship for the Mets and eat up some innings for an overworked bullpen as he takes the mound this afternoon against the Blue Jays and Brandon Morrow (4-2, 3.08 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 1:07pm.