Takeaways from the Mets 3-1 loss to the Red Sox on Saturday…
The Mets dropped their series with the Red Sox on Saturday afternoon, falling to Boston 3-1 at Citi Field. Here are my takeaways from the loss…
DeGrominant early, but a struggle at the end.
It looked like Jacob deGrom got over the food poisoning which was ailing him in his last start against the Phillies. Unfortunately, things didn’t end well for the Mets co-ace.
He was simply magnificent in the early part of his outing Saturday afternoon, dominating the Red Sox through the first five innings of this game. The Red Sox were lost on his rising fastball, swinging and missing at one heater after the next.
But that probably wasn’t even his best pitch on Saturday. His change-up was filthy too, and he used it consistently on the outer half against the left-handed hitters.
However, DeGrom seemed to start to flame out in the sixth inning, perhaps because of all of the early strikeouts he racked up. He allowed a run when Pablo Sandoval doubled in Mookie Betts in the sixth inning. It was a good change-up that Sandoval just did a nice job driving. He allowed another run on a fielders choice in the inning hit to Daniel Murphy off the bat of Brock Holt, and surprisingly he found himself in a 2-0 hole.
Murphy probably should have tried for a play at the plate on that groundball, but he instead tried to turn a difficult double play to get deGrom out of the inning instead and it didn’t work out.
It was an unfortunate finish to what was looking like one of his best outings of the year over the first five innings. Of course, anytime the starter allows two runs in six innings, especially an ace, that should be enough for a win.
After the show the Mets put on in the previous ten days, it’s both shocking and disappointing they couldn’t support two good starts from their two best pitchers.
More middle relief problems.
Hansel Robles didn’t exactly help deGrom’s cause or the team’s cause when he entered in the seventh inning. He allowed a solo home run to Betts with two outs, which extended Boston’s lead to three runs.
It’s a problem which isn’t going away, regardless of who the manager inserts for the seventh inning. Of course, if deGrom didn’t have to battle so hard in the sixth, but this situation is not survivable for the Mets, obviously.
The Mets bats have gone pretty dead at this point, as the Red Sox pitching staff has done a pretty good job of shutting them down in the first two games of this series.
The Mets certainly had their chances, especially early when they got the first three lead off hitters they had on in this game and four of their first five. Joe Kelly was able to work around it thanks to a steady diet of change-ups specifically to the Mets lefties, tying them up with it for most of the afternoon.
It was written here several times over the last week, but the Mets have struggled quite a bit to score when they don’t hit a home run. It happened on Friday night when they had to fight their way to four runs thanks to an error in the outfield and two walks, and once again on Saturday when the Mets didn’t do a good job plating runners in scoring position.
To Boston’s credit, Kelly was great and they got some good glove work on the left side from Sandoval and Xander Bogaerts to rob the Mets late, especially in the seventh when Sandoval made a diving stop to save a two-out run scoring single from Wilmer Flores.
But in the end, the bats were very quiet once again. It’s a a little disturbing, considering how much Boston’s staff has struggled in 2015.
It’s funny – before the Mets were lights out at home, and couldn’t get out of their own way on the road. That’s switched recently, as the Mets are struggling a bit at Citi Field all of a sudden.
The Mets have now lost five games in a row at Citi Field – they’ve scored 11 runs in those five games.
The Mets bullpen has allowed seven of the nine runs Boston has scored in this series, a span of seven innings.
Eric O’Flaherty dodged trouble in the eighth for a scoreless frame.
Bartolo Colon pitched a scoreless inning of relief in the ninth, his first relief appearance since 2011.
The #Mets are 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position in this series.