Takeaways from the Mets 5-4 loss to the Orioles on Wednesday…
The Mets lost to the Orioles by the score of 5-4 on Wednesday night at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Here are my takeaways from the loss…
Bullpen bites the Mets again.
The Mets bullpen allowed two home runs late in this game, and they really hurt the Mets.
Hansel Robles allowed a game-tying home run to Adam Jones in the seventh inning, and the Mets had no response to that in the eighth and ninth inning, which setup Henry Urrutia’s walk-off, game-winning home run off of Carlos Torres.
It’s not totally clear why Terry Collins didn’t stick with Tyler Clippard for the ninth inning. With Thursday’s off-day, it might have been a good idea to try and squeeze a little more out of him on Wednesday. Of course, they don’t want to burn him out, either, so he turned to Torres instead, and the ninth inning didn’t last long.
This has been a major problem for the Mets lately, and it just continues to be a growing concern. And, it’s everyone who seems to be faltering with the exception of Clippard. It’s hard to envision this formula succeeding down the stretch of the season at this point, but it’s also hard to see how the front office can fix this problem easily, whether it’s with people from the inside or outside.
The funny thing is, the bullpen was so good for so long this season. But right now, it’s an adventure, and not a pleasant one day in and day out.
The legend of Wilmer Flores continues to grow.
He came up with two big hits on Wednesday night. He drove in a run with a single in the fourth inning, and then with the game tied in the seventh, he homered to give the Mets the lead off of Mychal Givens.
He has come up with some big time hits this season. He’s shown he has a lot of guts despite everything that has happened to him at shortstop and his off and on struggles at the plate. It’s been impressive and inspiring, and while he has his faults, he’s hard not to root for.
Up and down for Noah.
At times, Noah Syndergaard looked good, but most of the time he struggled on Wednesday. He couldn’t execute his pitches very well at all, particularly with nobody on base. He did have a good curveball and slider working, but he didn’t mix his pitches up effectively, became predictable, particularly with runners on base, and his selection was not particularly effective for the most part, either.
He got lucky in the first inning when he worked out of a bases loaded, nobody out jam. He then had to work his way out of a jam in the fourth, but surrendered a run in the process, but could not successfully navigate the sixth inning, thanks once again to throwing too many curveballs to Jonathan Schoop, a pitch which was effective against him in his first two at-bats. He hung one on the inside part of the plate, which he smoked for a two-run home run, and that ended Syndergaard’s night.
This is the third start in a row Syndergaard had to battle himself to navigate a ballgame. It looks like he’s aiming his fastball rather than just throwing it, and again getting one-pitch happy for periods during the game. It’s costing him outs, it’s costing him runs, and it’s costing him innings the Mets really need from him.
Syndergaard has a 5.05 ERA in nine starts on the road.
The Mets have hit 36 home runs in their last 23 games.
The Mets have lost four of their last five games, and are now 46-8 when they score four or more runs in a game.