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.