The best news. As if you hadn’t heard, Amed Rosario, midseason #2 prospect in baseball, was promoted on Monday, minutes after the trade deadline passed. Purportedly, it was Sandy Alderson’s plan all along to delay calling up Rosario “until the roster had solidified.” Alderson’s strategy, however, may not extend to instructing his manager how to use the touted rookie, as manager Terry Collins has already indicated that Rosario will occasionally sit behind Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes. If Terry’s treatment of Michael Conforto is any indication, Rosario’s going to end up on the bench far more than we’d like.
MEANWHILE, Rosario got his first major-league hit and was charged with his first major-league error. Rockies 5, Mets 4.
Rosario aside, there was nothing new here. Steven Matz gave the Mets four no-hit innings, then a two-hit inning, followed by an undefined portion of a four-hit inning in which he got yanked. Matz failed to pitch past the fifth for the fifth consecutive start, during which time he’s seen his ERA rise from 2.12 to 5.50.
Michael Conforto reached base in four of his five plate appearances — two singles, two walks, and a hard line drive to right-center that was caught. He’s now sitting on an OBP north of .400 for the first time in his major-league career. I’m going to keep doing this, by the way… Since July 1, Conforto’s triple-slash looks very close to Aaron Judge’s full-season line. See what nice things happen when you let the youngsters play?
Yesterday’s result emphasizes why Sandy Alderson acquired nothing but hard-throwing relief prospects when he traded Lucas Duda and Addison Reed. Paul Sewald, Jerry Blevins, and Hansel Robles combined to allow two runs and six hits over the final three innings to blow the lead and then the game. Robles finished the eighth inning and was asked to pitch the ninth. He promptly walked Charlie Blackmon. To his credit, Robles got DJ LeMahieu to ground to short on a hit-and-run attempt, but Rosario got his feet tangled on the play and booted the ball. That set up Robles against Nolan Arenado, who blooped one into short center field for the walk-off. Collins must have been saving new closer A.J. Ramos for the 10th.
Recent Mets to make their MLB debut at shortstop:
Amed Rosario: 8/1/17
Wilfredo Tovar: 9/22/13
Kazuo Matsui: 4/6/04
Jose Reyes: 6/10/03
— New York Mets Stats (@NYMStats) August 2, 2017
It’s time for [Rosario] to come up and play every day.” — Keith, forgetting who manages the team
It’s been a struggle for Yoenis this year. Since coming back off the DL he hasn’t been able to get untracked. — Keith, with my favorite sports malaprop
I think you can say the Mets’ defense right now is a complete work in progress other than a couple of spots. — Gary, with consummate understatement
Amed Rosario’s second-ever MLB game! Chris Flexen’s second-ever MLB start! The Mets face Tyler Chatwood and the Rockies tonight at 8:40 p.m.
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