Takeaways from the Mets 3-2 loss to the Pirates on Friday night…
The Mets lost to the Pirates by the score of 3-2 on Friday night at Citi Field. Here are my takeaways from Friday’s loss…
Hapless against Happ.
The Mets didn’t muster much offense against JA Happ on Friday, although they had their opportunities to score. They set the table with second and third and one out in the third inning after a single from Juan Lagares and a double by Curtis Granderson, but couldn’t get them home thanks to a strikeout from Yoenis Cespedes, a pop up from Juan Uribe, and a strikeout from Daniel Murphy.
They had at least one base runner in the first, second and third innings, but didn’t get a run home until Cespedes homered off Happ in the sixth inning. This after Happ really struggled in his first start with the Pirates, and pretty much all year against the Mariners. He pitched a nice game, was able to get double plays and a lot of big outs to keep the Pirates off the board.
Quality from Bart.
It looked like it might be another rocky outing for Bartolo Colon on Friday night after he allowed a home run to Neil Walker in the first inning. But he really settled down to pitch a real nice game over seven innings. He allowed only six more base runners the entire evening after that home run, induced two double play balls to get him out of trouble, and turned in seven quality innings for his club. He had a great two-seamer going with good downward movement with paint on the corners, and that’s the key for Colon anytime he toes the rubber.
Unfortunately, it didn’t amount to anything for Colon except a no-decision. But he pitched a nice ballgame and certainly pitched well enough for a win, and deserved one on Friday night.
A peculiar set of decisions in the tenth inning.
It was a little surprising Terry Collins didn’t have anyone warming up behind Bobby Parnell in the tenth inning. Once he got into trouble, it would’ve been ideal to start playing the match-ups to try to get out of the jam, but he left Parnell out to roast instead, and he allowed three consecutive hits to the Pirates, who promptly took the lead. With this bullpen, it would have made sense to start playing the match-ups even though they were in extras. After all, its why they’re down there, but they were left out of the game.
It’s just not there for Parnell right now. He is a different pitcher than he once was, and he is learning to adjust to what he is on the fly, and that’s difficult, especially during a pennant race. Collins has to figure out how and when to use him in spots he is capable of succeed in in matchups he can succeed in. This was probably not the spot which was best suited for him as he continues to figure things out, and break through the barriers of the recovery process from Tommy John Surgery.
A good game, but a little short.
Overall, The Mets played a good, competitive game on Friday night, but they couldn’t take advantage of the opportunities they had against Pittsburgh. And, when they play a team like the Pirates, who are among the best in baseball, they can’t misfire when they have such chances. They did, and it cost them tonight.
Other notes from Friday:
Cespedes recorded a single, double and a home run – he now has 55 extra-base hits in 2015, and is hitting .304 as a Met with six multiple-hit games.
Cespedes hit the 67th home run at Citi Field this season, tying the 2012 club record for home runs at Citi Field in a season.
Murphy now has a ten-game hitting streak – he has 17 hits in those ten games.
Juan Lagares extended his hitting streak to four games with his two-hit night – he’s 7-for-15 on the homestand.
The Mets are now 9-18 against teams in the National League Central, have lost all four games to the Pirates, and 7-3 in extra-inning games.