Mets Continue To Play Garbage Baseball

Final Score: Nationals 3, Mets 1

The Mets have lost three games in a row and 7 of their last 8. They’ve dropped 4 of their first 6 series of the season.

I want to be optimistic about the 2017 Mets. Then I remember they had two good months in 2016 (April and September), and the rest of the season was filled with mediocre garbage baseball. Right now the Mets are playing the same garbage ball we suffered through last May to August.

Garbage baseball teams don’t deserve well thought out game recaps. This crappy squad gets a bulleted list of stray observations:

  • Jacob deGrom was throwing gas but was inconsistent over 5.2 innings. He walked 6 while striking out 10. He gave up 3 runs on 8 hits.
  • The offense managed one run on two hits.
  • That’s it. There’s nothing else to talk about.

Dump Jose For New Phenom: The Mets won’t acknowledge this publicly in April, but they have to be thinking about releasing Jose Reyes and promoting top prospect Amed Rosario from Triple-A. Rosario is hitting like .350+ in Vegas (along with every other hitter on the team), but he’s definitely closer to his major league debut than we originally anticipated. And it’s not like we’re talking about a prospect that’s highly ranked on a team with a weak farm system. We’re talking about a prospect that Keith Law ranked as the BEST IN BASEBALL. Rosario has star potential, and I’m ready to see him and Michael Conforto in the same lineup.

DL Him: Can we put Yoenis Cespedes on the DL already? No? I guess we’ll just wait for Terry to start him on Tuesday against Atlanta and watch him pull up lame trying to run out a routine infield ground out.

Today: Max Scherzer toes the rubber for the Nationals as they look for the sweep on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. Nothing like some April embarrassment on a national stage.

Cross Your Fingers And Hope For The Home Run

Final Score (in 11 innings): Nationals 4, Mets 3

As last night’s game entered the bottom of the 10th inning I was reminded that almost nothing has changed with this team since last season. The Mets still have the exact same feast or famine home run dependent offense. Michael Conforto gave the Mets their first run last night with an opposite field solo blast in the first inning. Curtis Granderson tied the game at 3 in the 6th inning with a solo bomb to right field.

Other than an RBI single in the fourth inning by Grandy, the Mets consistently failed to get the key hit with men on base. Juan Lagares failed to get a hit with two men on and two outs in the 5th inning. In the 7th inning Zack Wheeler hit a two out pinch hit double and the Nationals ended up loading the bases. Then Oliver Perez came in and got Jay Bruce to line out to right field. The Mets had two men on with one out in the bottom of the 9th inning and Conforto/Lagares failed to knock in the game winning run.

By the time the 10th inning rolled around, I knew I was essentially crossing my fingers and hoping that Jay Bruce, Neil Walker, or Curtis Granderson would sock a game winning homer. And that’s basically what they all tried to do. Jay Bruce came the closest to giving the Mets the win with a deep flyout that died in front of the right field fence.

It’s really going to be tough to watch this home run dependent roster compete day in and day out for 162 games.

The Living: Matt Harvey pitched instead of Jacob deGrom who was scratched with a stiff neck, and Harvey gave the Mets a quality start. He went 7 innings, gave up 3 runs on 4 hits (2 home runs). He didn’t have overpowering strikeout stuff, but as long as he’s giving the team innings and churning out quality starts I can’t complain. Michael Conforto continues to look incredible at the plate and in the field. He’s been making highlight reel catches in left field and center field.

The Rusty: Terry is a moron for letting Jeurys Familia throw 30 pitches against the Phillies in his first game back from suspension and then bringing him back out there last night in a big spot. Terry called on him with two men on and one out in the 11th, and he had absolutely nothing. He walked the bases loaded and then walked in the winning run.

The Dead: Lucas Duda went on the DL with his hyperextended elbow and Wilmer Flores hit the DL with his mysterious knee infection. Travis d’Arnaud still has a sore wrist, Jacob deGrom had a stiff neck, Asdrubal Cabrera and Yoenis Cespedes both have sore hamstrings. Cabrera was able to pinch hit last night, but they said Yo was still in pain.

No Yo DL?: Do I think Yo will wind up on the DL? Nope. How do I know? Because we’re going to do the same thing we did last year. In 2016 Cespedes tweaked his quad, the Mets had him play injured, and the injury lingered all season. In 2017 Cespedes tweaks his hamstring. What do you think will happen next?

Today: Jacob “Stiff Neck” deGrom will pitch today. Spoiler alert: He’s getting a no decision.

METS Disease Spreading Like Wildfire

Final Score: Phillies 6, Mets 4

The outcome of last night’s game really didn’t matter once Yoenis Cespedes came out with a hamstring injury. He said he felt a mysterious “shock” in his hamstring, and now he’s going to get an MRI. His injury comes one day after Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud left a game with a hyperextended elbow and bruised wrist respectively. I also read that Wilmer Flores was being treated for “an infection.” A mystery infection?!? And today Jacob deGrom was scratched from his start with a stiff neck. METS disease is really sweeping through the clubhouse. Sometimes the disease leads to a player mysteriously losing his skills overnight. And sometimes it just leads to a plague of injuries. This time it’s hitting us hard and just in time for the big April series against the Nationals. Great.

Playing Short: The Mets basically had a two man bench last night. At one point Rene Rivera and Travis d’Arnaud were the backups at every position. The league implemented the 10 Day DL so teams could avoid situations like last night. Somehow the Mets still find a way to put their roster in the worst possible situation.

Screw The Game: Dropping the rubber game of a three game set at home against the worst team in your division with your ace on the mound is about as embarrassing and pathetic as it gets. It doesn’t matter if it’s April or September. Regular season losses don’t get much worse than this one.

The game was filled with the same horrible baseball we’ve been watching this club play since Opening Day (but especially lately). The Phillies scored three runs in the second inning. In large part the runs were scored because Thor allowed a stolen base, he threw a wild pitch, and Jay Bruce made an error at first base. No that’s not a typo. Bruce was at first base due to all the injuries. Also the error wasn’t really his fault. He made a throw over to first base after fielding a ball, and Thor/Walker failed to cover the base.

In the third inning a hit by pitch and another error led to two more Phillies runs to make it 5-1. Neil Walker teased us in the bottom of third inning by hitting a three run homer and bringing the Mets within one run. But the offense didn’t do much else. Terry turned to dead arm Fernando Salas in the 8th inning, and he yielded an insurance run on a homer. He gave up three hits and failed to retire one batter. His arm is finished in April.

Thank God For Him: In his worst start of the season Noah Syndergaard pitched 7 innings, gave up 5 runs (3 ER) on 7 hits with 10 Ks and no walks. He was hitting 99 and 100 MPH consistently. He’s a monster.

Have Nats Number: It feels like the Mets getting swept by the Nationals is an absolute lock at the moment. From injuries to errors to lackluster offense, everything is going wrong for this team right now. I’m just hoping we inexplicably have the Nats number this year. Total pipe dream.

Just Make The Video Tribute Already: David Wright was transferred to the 60 day DL. I feel like Wright is going to play one farewell game in September, get a video tribute, and then retire. I’m not joking at all. Honestly we’ll be lucky if we even get to watch him for one game in September.

Today: The Nationals come to town. This series is going to get ugly. At least I have Max Scherzer in my fantasy league. That’s a guaranteed shutout.

One Hot Player At A Time

Final Score: Mets 5, Phillies 4

Jay Bruce being the Mets’ April MVP is the most scripted thing of all time. Many fans (not me) spent the entire offseason ripping him apart and begging Alderson to trade him for a bag of sunflower seeds. And now look at what Jay is doing. He’s cranking homers, and lately he’s providing our only offense. Last night he singlehandedly beat the Phillies with two home runs and five RBIs.

I’ve said this many times, but I’m really hoping Bruce goes full blown 2016 Mark Trumbo in his contract year and cranks like 40-50 home runs. I hope he sets the franchise home run mark. Obviously it’s unrealistic to expect that he’ll sustain this April performance. He’s streaky as hell and his performance is likely to fall off a cliff at any moment. Plus we all know the Mets are only allowed to have one hot hitter at a time. I’m sure the second someone else heats up Bruce will evaporate into thin air and hit .100 for three months.

Aggressive Yo: Speaking of Jay Bruce’s hot hitting, he really should be thanking Cespedes. Hitting in front of or behind Yoenis Cespedes is a gift from the gods. Just look at what Yo has done for Asdrubal Cabrera.

Cespedes was involved in every notable inning where the Mets scored/failed to score last night. In the first inning Asdrubal walked and then Yo hit a grounder to third base. The Phillies got the force out at second even though the second baseman came off the bag. No challenge by the Mets. Then Jay Bruce hit a double down the right field line and Yo tried to score from first. He was gunned down. I can’t blame Yo for trying to make something happen. He knows two hits in a row is an unlikely luxury with this team right now.

Scary Yo: In the 6th inning with two outs the Phillies gave up a single to Asdrubal and then they walked Yo. They wanted nothing to do with him. And right after that Bruce launched a three run shot to give the Mets the 3-2 lead.

Gsellman: Robert Gsellman had his first strong start. He pitched 7 innings, gave up 3 runs on 6 hits, and struck out 7. Terry even brought him out to start the 8th inning. After he gave up a leadoff double, Terry pulled him and brought in Jerry Blevins. Annndddd of course the pen let the inherited runner score which tied the game at 3.

Scary Yo 2.0: In the 8th inning Yo singled on a 3-0 pitch up the middle. Phils were clearly looking to walk him again. They didn’t want to let Yo take back the lead with one swing. Bruce made them pay with his second homer to make it 5-3.

Get Familia Back: This bullpen need Jeurys Familia back. He may always wind up walking a tightrope in the 9th inning, but at least he’ll give the other overworked arms a rest.

The Body Count: Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud both left the game last night with injuries. Duda hyperextended his elbow on a play at first base and d’Arnaud smacked his hand/wrist against the hitter’s bat while making a throw to second base. I don’t expect to see them again this season.

Today: We need to win this series against the Phillies at home. Hopefully Noah Syndergaard comes through without losing his middle finger in the process.

April Scapegoats: Time To Bench Reyes

Final Score (in 10 innings): Phillies 6, Mets 2

The Mets suck right now, and I’m ready to start scapegoating. Get Jose Reyes out of my face. Get him out of my lineup. He went 1 for 4 last night to raise his average to .100. He dropped an infield pop up with two outs in the 8th inning, and that error preceded the game-tying hit by the Phillies. Terry didn’t help the situation by bringing in Jerry Blevins to face a right-handed hitter for some reason, but that’s a separate issue. The bottom line is Jose needs to be benched for now. I’m not saying release him (yet). But he needs to sit. Play Wilmer Flores . I can’t tell you officially that Jose is washed up. It’s too early to make that judgment. But I can tell you that prior to the Mets signing him last year, scouts were in agreement that his skills had diminished significantly. His range in the field was gone, and he couldn’t hit from the left side anymore. So far that’s what we’re seeing in 2017.

Snoozefest: These long extra inning games that the Mets keep playing are terrible. Joel Sherman of the Post recently wrote an article about how baseball should have ties. If these awful extra inning losses continue I may change my mind and be pro-tie by the All-Star Break.

Five Inning Wonder: Zack Wheeler loves throwing 100 pitches over 5 innings. It’s his favorite thing. He gave up 1 run on 4 hits and 2 walks over 5 innings. He struck out 7 Phillies. I appreciate that he kept the Mets in the game, but these short starts aren’t going to work in the long run. The bullpen won’t survive the season.

No Offense: The Mets scored two runs in the first inning off a young pitcher making his first start of the season. Then the offense shut down. Pathetic.

No Defense: The Mets made three errors. Neil Walker made one early in the game. In the 10th inning with the Phillies leading 3-2 the Mets had a play at the plate, and Juan Lagares launched a perfect throw to Travis d’Arnaud. The runner was dead by a mile but Travis just lost the ball. The error was charged to Juan, but it was Travis’ fault. That error allowed a run to score making it 4-2, and after that the Phillies piled on runs putting the game out of reach.

Meaningful Games In April: Rafael Montero gave up 4 runs (3 ER) in the 10th inning and Sean Gilmartin came in to bail him out. Neither of these guys should be pitching in meaningful games in April. They shouldn’t be pitching for our major league club at all. This is a direct result of the Mets not addressing their bullpen needs in the offseason. If you don’t think this team would be better with Bartolo Colon and perhaps Greg Holland on the roster then you’re cray cray.

Throwing Programs: At least Steven Matz and Seth Lugo will be back soon. They are supposedly starting their throwing programs this week. Shut down for the season by Sunday?

Today: Robert Gsellman pitches today. Please God just finish this game in 2.5 hours and 9 innings. I never thought I’d turn into a pace of play crusader, but I don’t think I can handle another one of these four hour snoozefests.

April Sucking Brings May Sucking 

Final Score: Marlins 4, Mets 2

I can’t believe that positive “glass half full” Mets fans exist. I checked Twitter after the game, and obviously there is a large contingent of fans losing their minds over the awful series in Miami. But there are still these fans trying to put a positive spin on a 4-3 road trip and fans talking about how we could have easily won 3 out of 4 against the Marlins if a few things went our way. Ummmmm we beat the pathetic NL East punching bag Phillies, and we were embarrassed by the Marlins losing 3 of 4 in Miami. There is no positive spin. If Travis “Dead Legs” d’Arnaud doesn’t somehow sock that 16th inning home run, we probably lose all four games to the Marlins. Getting beat by divisional opponents at any point in the season is a disaster. Wake up people.

Metsanity: The Metssiah wrote about this in the season preview. Sandy is using the same roster again and expecting different results. Well in this series the Mets for the most part did what they’ve consistently done over the last few seasons. The offense sucked (i.e. failed to hit the long ball enough) in the three losses, and we squandered three fantastic starting pitching performances by Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, and Matt Harvey. Same team, same story.

April Sucking Brings May Sucking: Last season this team had a strong April and then basically played mediocre baseball until a late August/September surge. Is it too much to ask this team to perform at an above average level for a long stretch this season? I really hope April sucking doesn’t bring more sucking in May.

Dark Knight: Harvey gave up 2 runs (1 ER) on 6 hits over 6 innings. Our crappy defense helped the Marlins score their first run. Harvey should be disgusted with the team’s performance.

No Hitter Watch: Marlins pitcher Dan Straily walked 5 Mets over 5.1 innings but did not surrender one hit. The Mets didn’t get a goddamn hit until the 8th inning. With two outs and two men on in the 9th inning Asdrubal Cabrera managed to drive in two runs with an RBI single and tie the game. His late game heroics just delayed the inevitable meltdown by our bullpen.

So Mets: In the bottom of the 9th inning Addison Reed gave up a leadoff single and then with one out he gave up a double to Miguel Rojas to left field. Yoenis Cespedes fired a bullet to Asdrubal Cabrera who then fired a perfect throw to Travis d’Arnaud to nail the runner at the plate for the second out. Annnnnd then J.T. Riddle followed that with a game winning two run homer. Lol Mets.

Short Arms: It’s almost as if the Mets bullpen is lacking a couple of dependable relievers, and as a result we’ve been forced to overwork the quality arms so much that they are no longer effective. But it’s not like the Mets could have predicted this would happen in 2017. I mean sure it happened last season, and I also wrote fifty offseason blog posts saying the Mets need to bolster their bullpen. But other than that there was no way of seeing this coming. We seriously need Jeurys Familia back ASAP.

Stop The Madness: Curtis Granderson is hitting .174, Jose Reyes is hitting .087, and Terry continues to flip flop them in the leadoff spot. Ummm Curtis is old and Reyes looks washed up. Start Michael Conforto and lead him off tomorrow. Enough is enough. When the offense struggles you shake things up. There’s no reason to keep running these two veterans out there when you have viable alternatives.

Scapegoat Time: Speaking of Reyes’ horrendous play, how is it possible that the fan base hasn’t turned on this guy yet? He allegedly threw his wife into a glass door, he reportedly has two families and doesn’t support one of them, and now he’s playing like crap. Fans are always desperate for a scapegoat, yet I hear nothing negative being tossed Jose’s way. Yoenis Cespedes had one game where he failed to slide in a key spot and some asshole fans start questioning his work ethic and dedication. Where’s the Jose outrage? Where are the Jose Reyes boos? I have a feeling the anti-Jose/pro-Amed Rosario noise will pick up if Jose’s awful play drags into May.

Next Game: Okay I’m done ranting. Now we get to play Philly again on Tuesday. Praise Jesus.

Terry Ruins Night, Kills Salas 

Final Score: Marlins 5, Mets 4

The Mets had a dominant Jacob deGrom on the mound striking out one Marlins hitter after another. In the 7th and 8th inning the offense finally picked up our co-ace and gave deGrom a 4-2 lead. And…Terry managed to blow the goddamn game.

Terry’s A Moron: DeGrom struck out 13 Marlins over 7 innings giving up 2 runs on 4 hits. He had 97 pitches after the 7th inning. Terry had a choice. He could have sent his dominant stud starting pitcher back to the mound to see if he could retire a few more hitters before creeping too far above 100 pitches. Or he could have turned to his extremely overworked bullpen. Terry decided to turn to the overworked bullpen and specifically he turned to Fernando Salas who has seemingly been used in every game this season. Salas coughed up the game by giving up back to back homers to Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton. Salas is dead. Terry killed him two weeks into the season.

Dead Pen: After the game when asked why he didn’t stick with deGrom, Terry had the balls to say he didn’t want to put his young starter’s arm at risk this early in the season. Meanwhile Salas’ arm is buried, Hansel Robles has his shriveled arm soaking in formaldehyde, and Jerry Blevins is going from situational lefty to a lefty used in every situation. At this rate Jerry’s going to wish his arm was broken again to avoid the Terry bullpen torture treatment.

Brutal Loss: This was a brutal loss to a divisional foe. Not only did we lose our chance to win this road series, but we’ll be lucky to split the series on Sunday. We all know these Terry losses add up over the course of the season, but they also take a huge emotional toll on the fans and on the players.

The Marlins Mets’d Us: The Marlins gave the Mets the home run treatment in this game. Justin Bour and Marcell Ozuna hit solo homers off deGrom. Christian Yelich hit the two run blast off Salas and Stanton hit a solo shot.

Walkyear: Neil Walker had a nice game with two hits and an RBI on his double in the first inning.

Picked Up Jake: I wish I could be excited about the 7th inning that our offense had, but Terry took the wind out of my sails. Neil Walker executed a smart bunt single to leadoff the inning against Adam Conley. Then Curtis Granderson tripled to right field which tied the game. Yelich almost caught the ball. Then Mattingly yanked Conley who always looks like goddamn Cy Young against the Mets. Michael Conforto followed that with a sac fly (nearly a home run) to give the Mets the lead (3-2). Asdrubal Cabrera also added a solo blast in the 8th inning (4-2). It was all for naught.

Tomorrow: Let’s hope the Mets split the series. Hopefully Matt Harvey continues his rise from the dead on Easter Sunday.

Thor’s Fingernail Falls Off, Yo Has Flu

Final Score: Marlins 3, Mets 2

Poor Noah Syndergaard. Last night Thor had the distinct privilege of pitching on Yo’s night off which typically guarantees that the offense will struggle. As expected the offense failed to execute and the Mets took the L. Oh and Thor’s fingernail basically fell off, and he left the game early. Which is just greaaaaat.

Meh Thor, Defense: Noah Syndergaard wasn’t at his most dominant, but he still shut down the Marlins offense for most of the game. He went 6 innings, gave up 2 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits and only struck out 4. The Mets defense screwed up in the first inning (error by Asdrubal Cabrera) to set up the Marlins first run (sac fly). Thor gave up a second run in the 5th inning.

Pee Bucket: Around the 5th/6th inning we all saw Syndergaard looking at his finger in the dugout on TV. I immediately thought it was the blister acting up again. I figured Ray Ramirez would prep a nice full bucket of urine so he could give those hands a good Moises Alou style soaking between innings and then send Thor back out to the mound. But it turned out that his fingernail was apparently bent backwards and bleeding. So now we have our ace dealing with another random finger issue. I’m sure it’ll all work out and magically disappear.

Left On Base: Without Yoenis Cespedes in the lineup the Mets left the world on base. Eleven total base runners were left stranded. They left bases loaded in the second inning, two men on in the third inning, one in the fourth inning, one in the fifth inning, one in the sixth inning, one in the seventh inning, and two in the eighth inning. Yo struck out as a pinch hitter in the eighth with one man on base.

The Flu Game (in April): Terry said before last night’s game that Yo was getting the night off because he played the 16 inning game with the flu. He hit two home runs and played 16 innings with the goddamn flu!! Yo is really an animal. But the real question is why the hell is Terry starting Cespedes in April with the flu? I realize we won the game, and Yo was the primary reason we won (like he is every night). But I still think it’s absurd that our manager would start our best player in April with the flu. Also, prepare for everyone on the roster to come down with the flu now.

Duda Dong: The offense struggled, but Lucas Duda did hit a solo bomb to center field in the 5th inning.

Replay Conforto: Michael Conforto was a huge factor once again. He hit a sac fly in the third inning. In the 7th inning with the bases loaded and Jerry Blevins pitching, Christian Yelich lined a ball to Conforto in left field. The runner at third tried for home and Mike nailed him at the plate. It was a close play but replay review confirmed the call. I thought it was the exact same scenario as the play at the plate in the 16 inning game except the league made the opposite decision. The call on Conforto’s throw was “out” and there wasn’t enough evidence to overturn the call. So they upheld it. Two nights ago the call on the Yo play at the plate was safe. There wasn’t enough evidence to overturn that call but the replay officials overturned it anyway. They never follow consistent standards. It sucks.

Fire Edgin: In the 9th inning it felt like we were about to start another marathon extra inning game. But Josh Edgin ensured that wouldn’t happen when he gave up the walkoff run. The Mets have a chunky bearded reliever named Josh who stinks and a chunky bearded reliever named Josh who is decent. It’s time to dump the stinky one. On the bright side, at least the loss in the 9th ensured Terry’s favorite new bullpen toy Fernando Salas didn’t pitch. His arm will survive for another night.

Murph: Just a reminder that Daniel Murphy is hitting like .450 this month. I will never get over the transformation from net negative Murph to MVP Murph. I will be bitter about it for the rest of my life.

Today: Jacob deGrom faces Adam Conley. Let’s rebound and smack this lefty. Hopefully he’s still drained after blowing the 16 inning game.

I Fell Asleep For The Good Of The Team

Final Score (in 16 innings): Mets 9, Marlins 8

I had dinner plans last night, and the restaurant had no TV. I figured I’d miss 80% of the game and occasionally tune out during the meal to get the game highlights on my phone. I never would have thought that by the time I returned home I’d have three hours of baseball left to watch.

Dinner Recap: At the restaurant I let out a frustrated grunt and aggressively dipped my bread in oil when Robert Gsellman gave up a first inning grand slam to Marcell Ozuna. I pumped my fist and ordered another cocktail when Travis d’Arnaud drove in 3 runs with a triple and Curtis Granderson added an RBI single to tie the game in the second inning. And yes I watched replays at the table of Yo’s third and fifth inning solo shots and the Wilmer Flores third inning solo job.

Gsellman And The Stinky Josh: The lead didn’t feel safe. It felt like Gsellman was a risk to fall apart at any time, and the bullpen has been used so much lately I figured every arm was a liability to some degree. The Gsellman meltdown occurred in the 5th inning. By the time Terry woke up and pulled him from the game it was 7-6 Mets. Then instead of turning to Jerry Blevins to face a big lefty in a pivotal spot, Terry went with stinky Josh Edgin who gave up two runs on two hits. I’ve seen enough of Edgin. He’s officially the worst lefty in the pen and the stinky Josh. He needs to go.

I’m Back: By the time I made it home it was the top of the 7th. Yoenis Cespedes had reached base on a wild pitch strikeout, and he advanced to second on another wild pitch. With two outs Jay Bruce hit a single to left field and Yo decided to challenge Marcell Ozuna’s arm and try to score. He was initially called safe but the play was overturned upon replay review.

To Hell With MLB And The Yo No Hustle People: My only thoughts on that play are:

  1. Yo should have slid into home (duh).
  2. Neil Walker should have been signaling for him to slide.
  3. MLB was wrong to overturn the call. The replay office sucks, and they change their definition of incontrovertible (irrefutable? Whatever word they use) evidence every single game. Pathetic.
  4. If you’re one of these people who saw that non-slide at the plate and took that opportunity to talk about how Yo didn’t hustle to first base on the wild pitch third strike and how he didn’t slide back into second base when the pitcher threw over and how he doesn’t hustle in general then I hate you. The guy is going to hit 40 home runs this year and he needs his fragile legs intact to support his enormous freak upper body. Let him play the way he plays and shut the hell up.

Early Hero: In the 8th inning with two outs Travis d’Arnaud singled up the middle and then Michael Conforto came in as a pinch hitter. He launched a clutch game tying pinch-hit triple. Play the man. It’s that simple.

The Pen Is Dead: From that point on the Mets offense shut down, and we got to watch all the relievers destroy their arms in April. Fernando Salas went two innings, Addison Reed went two, Tommy John guy Josh Smoker went three innings and Hansel Robles went two innings and made his fourth appearance in a row. Unbelievable performance by all of these relievers but Jesus Christ they must be shot. We’re going to need some reinforcements and a few complete games from our starters to help revive them.

Late Hero: I went to bed after the top of the 15th inning for the good of the team. I knew that if I stayed up Robles was going to blow the game, but if I slept there was a chance we’d hit a go ahead homer. I made the right call because Travis “Four Hit” d’Arnaud crushed a game winning solo shot in the 16th inning. I’m still shocked we won. I feel like we always come out on the losing end of those marathon extra inning games. Big win.

Today: Noah Syndergaard faces Edinson Volquez. Let’s make it a six game winning streak tonight.

King Wheeler Leads The Mets To Victory 

Final Score: Mets 5, Phillies 4

King Wheeler reigned for five prosperous innings last night before tiring and briefly ceding the throne to known pretender Hansel Robles who nearly destroyed everything Zack had accomplished during his tenure on the mound. The offense was led by new leadoff man Lord Conforto of Italy, red hot Venezuelan knight Asdrubal Cabrera, and of course the real King of Flushing, Yoenis Cespedes.

Leadoff Man Conforto: Initially it seemed like Conforto made his way into the lineup because Curtis Granderson was scratched with an injury, but the team later confirmed it was simply a day off for Curtis. Michael Conforto did not disappoint in the leadoff spot. He was involved in or directly responsible for most of the early scoring. He led off the game with a single and Yoenis Cespedes drove him in with a double to left field. Then in the third inning he hit an opposite field solo homer to make it 2-0.

Doing What Had To Be Done: Conforto is doing exactly what he had to do to keep his spot on the major league roster. He’s mashing in his limited number of plate appearances. Now the Mets will look terrible if they demote him. As I’ve said many times, the Mets need to continuously rotate these outfielders. Conforto leading off and playing in center/right field a few days a week makes perfect sense. Grandy is old and Conforto is the highest ceiling bat we have on the roster other than Cespedes.

Cabby Is A New York Guy: In the 5th Inning the Phillies hit Travis d’Arnaud with a pitch and then walked Zack Wheeler and Michael Conforto to load the bases. Asdrubal Cabrera followed that with a 2-RBI single up the right field line to make it 4-0 Mets. Cabby is such a New York performer. Never in a million years did I think he’d show up, put on a Mets uniform, and play better than he has at any point in his career. But that’s what he’s done while he’s played in Flushing. Yoenis Cespedes also added a sac fly in the 5th inning to make it 5-0. That run turned out to be the winning run.

Shattered Wrist: When Travis d’Arnaud was hit by a pitch on the wrist, Ray Ramirez came out of the dugout and Travis proceeded to sprint away from him. It was a priceless image that epitomized every fans’ opinion of Ray Ramirez. Also d’Arnaud’s wrist is certainly going to fall off in the next 72 hours.

Is The Real Wheeler Standing Up?: Zack Wheeler looked great over 5 innings last night but in the 6th inning he hit a wall. It’s not surprising to see Zack tire early considering he’s missed two seasons, and he’s still working his way back from injury. At the same time, this is the kind of pitcher he’s been his entire career. These first two starts are really a microcosm of his young career.

In his first start he lacked command, and that has always been one of his flaws. He had his velocity against the Marlins, but it didn’t matter. He just couldn’t execute. Last night he pitched to contact and was able to retire the Phillies lineup with ease. He was able to consistently throw his breaking ball for strikes and locate his fastball. But at the same time he fizzled out in the middle of the game. He’s always been a 5-6 inning pitcher.

Before we leap to any judgments, we still need to see what he looks like once he’s fully stretched out. He still needs to show he can master the strike zone on a more consistent basis. And also he needs to show he can stay healthy. Mainly that.

Robles Is The Worst: It was clear early in the sixth inning that Wheeler was tiring. But Terry let it drag out and left him in the game to load the bases. He finally pulled him with two outs and the bases juiced. Then who did Terry turn to? Hansel Robles. Robles came in and surrendered a grand slam to Maikel Franco on the first pitch. He’s really a piece of crap.

Sandy’s Guys: Fernando Salas and Addison Reed slammed the door on this game. I still can’t believe Sandy targeted and brought in these two guys for basically nothing. They’ve been electric out of the pen for the Mets. I’m looking forward to the return of Jeurys Familia. The back end of the bullpen could turn out to be better than originally expected with those three arms making the bulk of the appearances. We need one more reliable guy to step up. It doesn’t look like Robles is going to be that guy.

Today: The Mets swept the Phillies. Congratulations. Now Robert Gsellman takes on Wei-Yin Chen and the Marlins. It’s time for the Mets to show the rest of the NL East what we are capable of accomplishing.