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.
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.