Takeaways from the Mets 6-0 loss to the Marlins on Wednesday…
The Mets were shutout by the Marlins by the score of 6-0 on Wednesday night at Citi Field. Here are my takeaways from the loss…
A quiet, disappointing lost series.
For the second time in two weeks, the Mets dropped a three-game set to the Marlins, who were very pesky and played the Mets very well in that span.
It wasn’t easy coming in here after the Mets had just stormed their way through Washington and Atlanta and put up the fight they did. But they caught the Mets coming off that high and showing up a little flat to Citi Field in this series, one which the Mets really shouldn’t have lost but did thanks to their offense going dead and some inconsistent pitching as well.
It looked like it was going to be another quality effort from Bartolo Colon through the first three innings of this game, but they hit him up for three runs thanks to a solo home run from Martin Prado in the fourth inning and then two more runs in the seventh inning thanks to a solo home run from JT Realmuto and a double from Dee Gordon who came around to score on a Justin Bour sacrifice fly.
That’s all Adam Conley needed, who threw strikes and had the Mets impatient and chasing a lot of bad balls for seven innings on Wednesday night.
Of course, the Marlins didn’t relent.
They plated another run thanks to a solo home run from Bour off of Clippard, something which has become a disturbing trend for the Mets eighth inning reliever. Then, as he’s done all year long, Gordon struck with another hit against the Mets to plate Miami’s fifth run, then Christian Yelich plated a run with a single, and that wrapped this game up for Miami.
All-in-all, the pitching wasn’t good overall in this series, and the bullpen blew up in the last two days in particular. The Mets looked tired and lethargic, and really didn’t put forth an acceptable performance in the last two games specifically.
The Mets got absolutely nothing going against Adam Conley, who had the Mets baffled with a mixture of mid-90s fastballs and a deadly slider down in and to their righty-heavy lineup. Conley worked quickly, rarely fell behind, and the Mets just could not square up against him at all.
The stink of it is, Terry Collins went with an all-righty lineup and sat four key hitters to try and get the best matchup possible against Conley, and he came up all snake eyes in his effort.
There’s not much else to say. If they don’t hit, they can’t score and they can’t win, and the last two days the Mets bats have been mostly ice cold against a pretty sub-par Miami pitching staff.
What’s worse, because of this skid, the Mets have suddenly dropped two games in the standings to the Nationals, who aren’t going away themselves.
A so-so night from Bart.
Colon started out just fine over the first three innings, but he began to miss his location beginning in the fourth inning, and the Marlins made him pay dearly for the mistakes.
And when Colon starts to miss location and get the ball up, that usually means the opposition begins to rack up runs against him.
But he might have also been hurt by the fact he just faced Miami 11 days ago and pitched a complete game shutout against them. He had to change it up because there’s no question Miami had a pretty good idea what to expect having faced him so recently.
Terry Collins was wise to pull him in the sixth inning when it looked like things were spinning out of control and the Mets suddenly not hitting. Hansel Robles got him out of the jam and at least gave the Mets a chance to get back in this, which they did not do.
It’s not over just yet.
30 hours ago, the Mets had a 9 1/2 game lead. And now, they are staring at a 7 1/2 game lead with an off-day tomorrow and Washington playing. So when the Mets open play on Friday, they’ll either be seven or eight games up depending on the outcome of Washington’s game on Thursday.
It’s not over, and while the Mets are still comfortably ahead, these two losses should serve as a friendly reminder that there are still games to play and the Mets have eliminated nobody as of yet.
The Mets could use tomorrow’s off-day to recharge for what will be an electrifying series at Citi Field this weekend. Hopefully, the bats decide to join the fun this weekend.
Other notes from Wednesday:
David Wright notched two more hits – he had five hits in the three-game series against Miami.
Yoenis Cespedes went hitless in three at-bats on Wednesday, and he went 1-for-11 with five strikeouts in this series.
The Mets were shutout for the first time since July 23 against the Dodgers, the day before they acquired Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson.
The Mets went 11-8 against the Marlins this season, although just 2-4 in their last six contests.
The Mets were outscored 18-7 in this three-game series.
Dee Gordon had 35 hits against the Mets in 2015 including eight in this series. The 35 hits are the most hits by a single player against the Mets in franchise history.
The Mets fell to 7-8 in rubber games in 2015.