Takeaways from the Mets 5-0 loss to the Yankees…
The Mets were defeated by the Yankees by the score of 5-0 on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field. Here are my takeaways from the loss…
A strange and unfortunate #Thorsday.
It was a bit of an odd day at the office for Noah Syndergaard on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field. While dominant at times, as he struck out eight Yankees in six innings, he was also tagged for seven hits and five runs.
Thor’s day really came down to a pair of critical mistakes. With two on and nobody out in the 1st inning, the fastball-heavy Syndergaard tried to throw an 0-2 heater past Carlos Beltran, but missed in the middle of the plate and paid for it as Beltran ripped a three-run home run before an out was recorded.
After that, Noah settled down, as his pitches looked crisp and he cruised through the next few innings, even escaping a situation where there was a runner at third with nobody out in the 5th inning. It was the following inning, however, where Syndergaard made yet another mistake, this time to Brian McCann, as his 3-1 fastball was hit well out of the ballpark in right-center field for another home run.
Overall, Mets pitching has had problems with the longball, as they’ve now allowed 22 home runs in their last 20 home games.
Another quiet offensive performance.
From August 1st through September 15th, the Mets had not been shutout a single time. After Saturday afternoon’s loss, they’ve now been shutout twice in their last three games.
The Mets offense struggled once again today as they faced Michael Pineda. Throughout the course of the game they saw their share of hittable pitches and hit the ball hard at times, but the team was just incapable of getting anything across in this game.
The team’s biggest chance of this game was in the 6th inning, when they loaded the bases with one out trailing 5-0. The team was unable to get a single run home, however, as David Wright and pinch-hitter Juan Uribe both struck out swinging to end the Mets only real threat of the ballgame.
It was a real struggle today, as the Wright strikeout with the bases loaded began a string of seven consecutive Mets who struck out in this game. Overall, a lost day for an offense that had been on an absolute tear for the last month and a half.
It comes down to Sunday night.
After splitting the first two games of this series, it will come down to a rubber game between the Yankees and Mets on Sunday night. With a victory, the Mets would take the series from their cross-town rivals, end the season 3-3 against them and minimize their magic number once again.
Other notes from Saturday:
Noah Syndergaard allowed five runs for the first time in his career at home.
Sean Gilmartin and Bobby Parnell combined to pitch three scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Yoenis Cespedes is now 0-for-his-last-17 at the plate.
Kevin Plawecki went 0-for-3, dropping his average to .227 on the season.
With the loss, the Mets are now 11-9 in their last 20 home games.