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.