The Mets got a solid start from Zack Wheeler, but couldn’t muster up enough runs to grab a win on Saturday afternoon.
The Diamondbacks got out to a really fast start with a pair of RBI singles by Cody Ross and Martin Prado to get the DBacks up 2-0. Prado would add another RBI single to his box score, giving the Diamondbacks all the runs they would need.
The Mets wouldn’t go down without a fight through, as Curtis Granderson is beginning to heat up. A ground rule double by him got the Mets into the run column.
David Wright would hit a solo home run that put the Mets within striking distance, but the Mets couldn’t get the tying run across the plate.
Zack Wheeler struggled early but settled in late. Pitch command seems to be the number one issue for Wheeler. When he struggles to locate and spot his fastball, he loses batters and his pitch count soars. He has all the tools to succeed, he’s shown that in the past. Now he needs to put it together on a regular basis.
Curtis Granderson is starting to put it together. He has five extra base hits in his last four games and is finally starting to do what he was signed to do .
David Wright seems to be turning the corner as well. He’s atop the league leaders in hits and it doesn’t really feel like he’s got it going yet, which is a good sign.
If both of the players above really start to get hot, the Mets will be in a good position.
Even when the pitching seems to put the Mets behind, they find themselves in these baseball games. Turning these into wins will inch them closer to that 90 win goal they set.
Vic Black will come to New York tomorrow for the doubleheader. He can help the bullpen and really audition to stay here in Flushing. He could be the breathe of fresh air that the bullpen really needs.