Mets Swept By Rockies; Umps Screw Us Again

Final Score: Rockies 4, Mets 3

Sideburn Island: Since the umpires stole another game from the Mets today, and I’m on the verge of having a baseball triggered aneurysm, let’s start out with something light. I’m not hip when it comes to hairstyles but what’s with deGrom’s sideburn island? Is that a thing? Maybe his hair doesn’t grow in that spot? Do his sunglasses have built in razors that shave that area every time he puts them on? Maybe Mr. Burns has been telling him to shave his goddamn sideburns? I don’t know. Either way it’s hideous. If deGrom is going to let his signature hair get sloppy, what kind of example does that set for the other players on this team? Clean it up.

Rocky Mountain Fly: As far as the recap goes, Yoenis Cespedes hit a solo home run in the top of the second inning. It was an opposite field shot to right field. In a series where we expected a bunch of home runs from the Mets but only saw two, it’s not surprising that Cespedes hit one of them. I can’t wait until he opts out and the Wilpons don’t pony up the damn cash money. Book it.

Deadly Combination: In the third inning, Eric Campbell hit a leadoff double and Jacob deGrom continued the run of dominance our pitchers have had at the plate by driving in Soup with a single. Realistically we may never see Soup get a leadoff hit and deGrom drive him in ever again. In that same inning, Asdrubal Cabrera singled with one out moving deGrom over to second base and then Michael Conforto singled to drive in deGrom. That made it 3-1 Mets.

DeGrom Good/Harvey Bad: As far as Jacob deGrom and his performance in this game goes, overall he was fine. His velocity is still down, but unlike Matt Harvey, he’s maintained some semblance of his command which has allowed him to remain effective. Michael Conforto misplayed another ball out in left field in the second inning, which led to a double for Carlos Gonzalez. DJ LeMahieu ultimately drove him in with a single but it was another costly misplay. What a joke. In the fifth inning with two outs, a misplayed ball by Alejandro De Aza in the outfield led to deGrom throwing 17 more pitches. That contributed to Terry’s quick hook of deGrom in the 7th inning. DeGrom also surrendered a dinger to Carlos Gonzalez in the 6th inning which made it 3-2 Mets.

Did I Say It Or Did I Say It: In the 7th inning deGrom walked the leadoff hitter, struck out the next guy, and then Terry pulled him in favor of Jim Henderson. Henderson came in to face pinch hitter Ryan Raburn and gave up a two run home run that made it 4-3. Did I say it or did I say it? Yesterday I said the Mets could have easily signed Raburn for the bench at the end of the spring but instead we went with Soup-a-doop. Well unlike Soup (who sucks) Raburn (who doesn’t suck) hit a pinch hit dinger today (his fifth home run) and burned us. Whoops! I mean technically Soup didn’t suck today since he had two hits and a walk but who cares #scapegoating.

Umps Screw Mets Again: In the 8th inning, the umpires screwed the Mets for the second day in a row. With one out Juan Lagares doubled and the Rockies elected to intentionally walk Yoenis Cespedes so lefty pitcher Boone Logan could face Lucas Duda. Duda hit a ground ball to Nolan Arenado at third base. Lagares and Arenado were on a collision course, but Lagares moved slightly to avoid Arenado and made it to third base safely. Arenado didn’t even attempt to tag Lagares and instead made the throw to first base to get Duda. We should have had runners at second and third with two outs for Neil Walker. Instead, the second base umpire inexplicably decided to overrule the third base umpire and called Lagares out of the baseline. Double play. Inning over. Complete joke. Everything should be reviewable and umpires should be robots. If you want to read my thoughts on it check out my post from yesterday. Remember yesterday when the umpires screwed us? Just like today! At least I don’t need to re-type the same goddamn rant.

De Aza Lost: Alejandro De Aza totally sucked in the field today. He had at least four complete misplays or near blunders. From missing sunglasses to sloppy unnecessary belly flops in the outfield he messed up non-stop. He just doesn’t get any playing time so I don’t blame him for being rusty. That being said he better de-rust quick, or he’s going to find himself in the MLB scrapyard.

Terry’s Beat: Terry Collins didn’t even have the energy to argue the blown call in the 8th inning or talk about it after the game. This road trip really killed all of us. Perfect timing for our early season-defining meeting with Nationals. Hooray!

Booth Lag: For all the talk about deGrom and Harvey lacking velocity, Gary and Ron are missing a few MPH on their booth fastball lately. Snooze city. Taking Keith out of the booth is like taking Cespedes out of our lineup. It’s not pretty.

Sounds Similar: Imagine Justin Morneau, Dustin Garneau and Travis d’Arnaud being in the same elementary school class. It would be an absolutely chaotic role call for that hypothetical teacher.

Santa Claus Effect: One of the boring topics Gary and Ron talked about during the game was how everyone loves David Ortiz despite the fact that he failed a PED test in his career. The same thing goes for Bartolo Colon. I have to believe the Ortiz/Colon media praise despite their documented use of PEDs is primarily due to the lovable fat guy effect or the Santa Claus effect. Everyone loves a jolly fat guy. Unless they smell. I’m guessing Papi and Colon wear a lot of deodorant.

Bautista Refusing To Change: While the Mets were playing, the Blue Jays and Rangers got into a legendary on field brawl. This all started with Bautista’s BatFlipGate in the 2015 playoffs. As payback, the Rangers hit Bautista with a pitch in this game. So once he got on base, Jose Bautista decided to slide hard and extremely late into second base and he flew past the bag. He made no attempt whatsoever to stay on the bag and Rougned Odor didn’t like it one bit. So he socked him in the damn face. I like Bautista but follow the new rules. In this case, the umpires called the double play and enforced the new slide protocol. But it hasn’t been consistently enforced all season. If Major League Baseball won’t enforce the slide rules on the field or players refuse to obey them, then I’m happy to see fielders take matters into their own hands and punch the a-hole runners who won’t conform with the new standards.

Tomorrow: We get the day off tomorrow and start the home series with the Nationals on Tuesday. After this series I sure as hell need this off day. I can’t wait for Murph and the Nationals to come to Citi Field and take a dump all over this slumping squad. God I hope some home cooking cures what ails us.

Mets Lose Thanks To Fallible Non-Robot Umpire

Final Score: Rockies 7, Mets 4

Let me give you the pros and cons of this game before I dive into the blown call that ultimately determined the outcome.

Pros: The Mets had a ton of hits. Thirteen hits to be exact. David Wright had 2, Yoenis Cespedes had 2, Lucas Duda had 2, and Neil Walker had 3. Duda led the second inning off with a double and Walker followed with a single. With one out, Kevin Plawecki singled in a run. He’s picked things up lately. Neil Walker hit a leadoff bomb in the fourth inning. In the sixth inning Cespedes doubled, Duda drove him in with a single, and Neil Walker singled to make it first and third with no outs for Asdrubal Cabrera. But Cabrera, who’s been so hot, hit into a run scoring double play.

The post Logan Verrett bullpen was also dominant. Hansel Robles, Sean Gilmartin, Jim Henderson, Addison Reed, and Antonio Bastardo combined for 5.1 innings of scoreless relief.

Cons: The Mets once again failed to capitalize on run scoring opportunities at a high enough rate. Thirteen hits and four runs ain’t gonna cut it at Coors Field or any field for that matter. In the second inning, Logan Verrett and Curtis Granderson both struck out with two men on base. In the sixth inning after Cabrera’s run scoring double play, Kevin Plawecki walked and Juan Lagares singled. But Grandy once again failed to drive in any runs and grounded out. In the seventh David Wright hit a leadoff double and the heart of the Mets order couldn’t drive him in.

The Blown Call: The biggest con was obviously that Logan Verrett did not have a great start. But his entire line and the entire outcome of the game was determined by a blown call in the third inning. In the bottom of the third it was 2-1 Rockies. Verrett gave up a leadoff double to Nolan Arenado, a bunt hit to Gerardo Parra, and with one out he walked Mark Reynolds to load the bases. Then he walked DJ LeMahieu and consequently walked in a run. Pathetic. However, you figured with the bottom of the order coming up maybe we’d be able to limit the damage. And that’s exactly what Verrett did. He struck out 8 hitter Tony Wolters on a half swing which would have brought the pitcher up with two outs (he ended up grounding out by the way). Except the home plate umpire called the half swing by Wolters a foul tip. The bat wasn’t even close to the ball. It was an atrocious blown call. Everyone in the place knew it was a miss. When he got his second chance, Wolters roped a double that scored two runs and the wheels fell off after that. When the dust settled Terry had been ejected and it was 7-1 Rockies.

Fix Replay: The fact that people still call for the repeal of replay and seek to limit the scope of what you can review is completely and utterly insane. If you fall into this camp, I will never understand your line of thinking ever. It means you would prefer that we get the calls wrong as long as the game keeps moving. You are bananas. The blown call at home from last night’s game should be reviewable. Every play should be reviewable. One look at that half swing in the New York control room and in 5 seconds they would have called it a strikeout. As Terry said, “It cost us the game. End of story.” Instead everyone just stands on the field shrugging and being helpless.

Give Me The Robots: Can we please just install motion sensors and supercomputers all over every stadium and put these goddamn human umpires out to pasture? I am so freaking sick of game changing blown calls. Does MLB really want to reach younger fans and appeal to a broader audience? Well if they do, how about they create a game where we can ensure the play on the field is called correctly. And by the way kids love robots. I think.

I Don’t Have The Energy: I slept before writing this post because if I wrote it last night I may have said some things about umpires that would have been flagged by the internet police. But honestly I’ve been ranting and crying about crap like this for years. Blown calls in this day in age in any sport are inexcusable. Everything is filmed and every single thing can be confirmed in 5 seconds. This wasn’t about a debate over a rule like the Utley slide crap or home plate collisions. This was just a straight up miss by an umpire, and it couldn’t be rectified because the dumbass league actually carves certain plays out of the scope of reviewability (real word?). It’s a joke.

Philly Play At Plate: Speaking of plays at the plate, I saw the replay of the game ending play in the Phillies vs. Reds game. With two outs and runners at second and third, the batter hit a fly ball to left field. The ball was caught and the runner tried to tag up and he was nailed at the plate. Here it is:

Cameron Rupp fielded the throw, the runner barreled into him, and he held onto the ball for the final out. My question is how does this play not violate the home plate collision rules? The play was reviewed, and it was determined to not be a violation of the rules. I think the assertion is: If in the process of fielding the throw, the fielder has to go into the baseline, then it’s not a rule violation. When I watched the replay, I saw a catcher standing in the baseline the entire time fielding a perfectly made throw, and a runner who had no choice but to barrel into him. In other words, I saw the play that we’d seen a hundred billion times before the league supposedly changed the rules.

It doesn’t matter because the call was made, they reviewed it, and nobody seems angry. For the record, everyone is celebrating the play because the masses loved home plate collisions. I just think it’s funny that Major League Baseball is still celebrating the play too and someone like me who watches games all the time, still doesn’t quite understand their stupid, incoherent, cockamamie rule book.

Duda Lefty Troubles: Duda hasn’t hit lefties at all this season. Eric Campbell hasn’t hit anyone. Ryan Raburn sits on the Rockies bench. Raburn being a guy with experience at 1B, 3B, 2B, LF, and RF. It’s a good thing the Mets didn’t sign Ryan Raburn, otherwise we’d have no room for Soup.

Today: Let’s salvage one game in this Colorado series, end this goddamn road trip, and prepare for the series with the Nationals.