There’s not much to recap in this game. Once again the Mets couldn’t score. Screw the west coast. Every single time the Mets head out there, the team plays like crap.
Thor-cap: Noah Syndergaard looked fine again last night. When your starter pitches 6 innings and gives up 2 runs, it’s a must win game. Period. In the bottom of the first inning, Jon Jay doubled, advanced on a groundout, and then scored on a Matt Kemp sac fly. In the bottom of the 5th, Jemile Weeks walked, stole, and scored on a Jon Jay single. That was it. Two runs was all the Padres needed to beat our lifeless lineup.
Holding Runners On: Thor made an effort to hold runners on base in this game. But once again he got burned. The Jemile Weeks stolen base literally led to a run. I’d like to complain about that, but again we didn’t score a damn thing. He should keep working on things I suppose.
All Fastballs: I didn’t love the game Rene Rivera called with Thor. I felt he threw a lot of hittable two strike fastballs. Yeah I know he throws 100 MPH but nobody should be throwing hittable 0-2 and 1-2 fastballs. Rivera seemed to mix up the calls a little better later in the game.
Lords of the Flies: The Mets only had three hits in this damn game. But they had opportunities with men on base, and they had a bunch of hard hit fly balls. Once again the Padres were either perfectly positioned or hustled to make all the plays. They had a leadoff walk by Curtis Granderson in the first inning. Nothing to show for it. Leadoff walk by Rene Rivera in the third inning. Nothing to show for it. In the top of the 4th, Yoenis Cespedes drew a one out walk. Asdrubal Cabrera then singled with 2 outs to get Yo to third base, and Wilmer Flores couldn’t do anything with runners at the corners.
The Controversial Play: In the top of the 7th with one out, Asdrubal Cabrera roped his second hit and the Mets second hit of the game. Then Wilmer Flores hit a double down the line, and Tim Teufel sent Cabrera home. He was out by a goddamn mile. Let’s just get right into it. Terrible terrible terrible call. You don’t hand teams outs on a silver goddamn platter. Never. People were saying that the Padres catcher Derek Norris lost the ball on the exchange, and therefore Asdrubal Cabrera should have been safe. First of all, Cabrera didn’t even bother to touch home plate. You have to finish the play. Replay exists. Adjust and finish the freaking plays. That being said, I saw the replay and he was out. Even if he touched home plate, Norris tagged him and held the ball long enough. Let it go. This was a mistake by Teufel. I’ll give him a pass because he’s actually been a great third base coach for us. You know how I know? Because I’m never complaining about him. He sent Cabrera because the team hadn’t scored at all, and he tried to get something going. He was hoping the Padres would make a mistake. He knew Rene Rivera was up next and sucks. But you don’t give away outs. You don’t try and force teams to make mistakes unless they have a history of doing so. And we had Michael Conforto on the damn bench. You pinch hit Conforto for Rivera, you bring Plawecki in the game, and you cross your fingers with Soup as the emergency backup. Whatever. It’s over and we couldn’t score at all last night anyway.
Bunting Coach: Can we hire a goddamn bunting coach? We hear about Kevin Long and his voodoo hitting magic all the time. But it feels like our pitchers haven’t been able to bunt for a decade. Noah Syndergaard failed to bunt Rene Rivera over in the third inning of this game. It was pathetic. Matt Harvey failed recently too. Practice! Hire a specialist! Figure it out!
Blood of the Raptor: So I just watched Jurassic World. Yeah I’m a little late to the party, I know. Anyway I thought it was great. Super entertaining. But as I watched I kind of realized that in addition to Chris Bosh, I think Melvin Upton Jr. and Alexei Ramirez have the blood of the raptor. Something about their faces are raptor-esque. It’s possible they’ve all been created in a lab by B.D.Wong.
Today: Bartolo Colon goes in tonight’s game. The Cubs are beating the Nats and we can’t take advantage. Jesus Christ let’s try and split this series.