Takeaways from the Mets 9-3 loss to the Marlins on Tuesday…
The Mets lost to the Marlins by the score of 9-3 on Tuesday night at Citi Field. here are my takeaways from the loss…
A flat loss.
The Mets got off to a good start in this game when David Wright doubled in a run in the first inning, but the Mets stranded the bases loaded, ending the Mets most legitimate threat of the night.
Meanwhile, the Marlins were all over Jacob deGrom on Tuesday night, as the Marlins jumped on him for six runs in five innings, and they did so rather quickly thanks to four consecutive hits to start the fourth inning and a sacrifice fly by JT Realmuto in the fourth, and then a one out double by Tom Koehler started another rally with a one out double in the fifth, followed by a single from Dee Gordon, an RBI double from Christian Yelich, a sacrifice fly from Martin Prado and an RBI single from Justin Bour.
That was it for deGrom who had a night he will try to forget ahead of his next start against the Braves next week.
The Marlins nicked Erik Goeddel for a run in the seventh inning thanks to a single and a stolen base from Gordon followed by an RBI single from Yelich off of Eric O’Flaherty.
Then, Miami put the nail in the coffin thanks to a two-run home run by Gordon, his fourth hit of the game.
Overall, this was a pretty flat loss for the Mets to end their glorious eight-game losing streak. They hit into some bad luck on several occasions, but in the end they got whipped by Miami. Not a lot went right for them, their offense looked a little tired, and they couldn’t get any rallies going at any point during the night short of a little spurt in the eighth inning.
That and falling behind early set the tone for a very quiet evening at the ballpark on Tuesday.
Jacob deGrom was just ineffective on Tuesday night. From the beginning of this game, he wasn’t locating his pitches well at all, as everything was mostly centered in the middle of the plate, whether it was his fastball, his change-up and even his slider.
Physically, he looked good – his velocity was in the mid-90s with his fastball and he was throwing his slider 90-91.
But the Marlins were putting some quality swings on the ball and they were making loud contact for most of the night. His world came crashing down on him when he allowed two consecutive three run innings in the fourth and fifth inning which put the Mets in a deep 6-1 hole and ended his night in the process.
It hasn’t been easy for deGrom lately. He’s now allowed 19 earned runs in his last 26 2/3 innings over his last five starts. He won’t admit it, but the team is talking about skipping deGrom at some point soon, which suggests fatigue – whether it’s physical, mental or both – is factoring in right now.
Rough night at the office.
It wasn’t the greatest night at the plate for Travis d’Arnaud. He popped up on the first pitch he saw with the bases loaded and one out in the first inning. He blooped a single to right field in his second at-bat, but when the Mets looked like they had something cooking in the sixth inning after David Wright reached on a leadoff walk and Michael Conforto singled to right, d’Arnaud grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, essentially ending any semblance of a threat from the Mets.
He salvaged his night to a degree with an RBI groundout in the eighth inning, but it was just one of those nights for the emerging star catcher.
He’s been so good – he was due for a bad night at the plate, as were the rest of the Mets.
They can’t win them all, right?
Worry not, as nights like this will happen. It’s inevitable over a long season. Fortunately, the Mets have a significant lead in the standings and there isn’t much time to go. Sure, they need to pitch better than this, and their starting pitching in general needs to kick back in gear. But they’re in a good position to win this series ahead of their off-day on Thursday, something they really need after playing everyday for the better part of two weeks.
They’ll go into the rubber game of this series with the Marlins 8 1/2 games ahead of the Nationals, as they defeated the Phillies 4-0 at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night.
Other notes from Tuesday:
Dario Alvarez allowed three consecutive left-handed hitters to reach base in the ninth inning, including a two-run home run from Dee Gordon. He then left the game with an injury.
The Mets fell to 10-4 in September, and 46-25 at home in 2015.
The Mets ended a streak of coming-from-behind to win when trailing in the sixth inning or later in five consecutive games, the longest such streak in franchise history (Elias).
The Mets went just 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position, leaving nine runners on-base.
Ruben Tejada went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.