Masterful in his second start of the season versus the Miami Marlins on Saturday, the New York Mets led Jacob deGrom down yet again. deGrom tossed eight innings, allowed only a single run, and struck out 14 Marlins batters. He pitched well enough for a win. Unfortunately, his offense did nothing to help out his cause.
Marlins starter Trevor Rodgers struck out 10 Mets batters in his six innings of work. Combined with what the relievers accomplished, Metropolitans went down an unlucky 13 times on strikes including a Pete Alonso K to end the game.
Water is wet, the sky is blue, and the Mets offense needs to get rolling
Through five games, the Mets offense has failed to get rolling. Other than leadoff man Brandon Nimmo and his fine start, the bats have been silenced on a regular basis. The club was fortunate to face the Philadelphia Phillies number four and five starters and a pair of Marlins pitchers whose first names I had to look up to have any idea who they were.
Matchups working well in their favor, the results haven’t been so great. Subtract Michael Conforto’s elbow from the home opener and the team is down in a 1-4 hole.
Mets bats weren’t the only ones to let down the team on Saturday
We can blame the Mets offense for a lot of the early struggles. However, the bullpen has to take some responsibility.
In a non-save situation—the poison for Edwin Diaz far too often during his Mets career—the team’s closer gave up a pair of earned runs in the ninth. Because there are so few arms in the bullpen Luis Rojas can trust (maybe none at this point) Diaz got the nod to keep the score within one. Instead, a surmountable lead by the Marlins became a little tougher to climb over.
The Mets head into Sunday’s finale against the Marlins with a whole lot of guys itching to get back to the Mendoza Line. Francisco Lindor, Michael Conforto, James McCann, and Jeff McNeil are hitting well below .200. It’s early in the season but by golly has this team forgotten to show up on the scoreboard.
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The Mets haven’t been epically horrible at scoring runs. They have games of 3, 8, 2, 3, and 0 through the first five games. Runs will eventually arrive for the home team at Citi Field. We’ll just have to hope it’s often enough when they do.