Zack Wheeler was at it again, but this time could not get a win. In fact, last night’s 13-inning loss was the first game in seven Wheeler starts that did not result in a New York Mets’ win.
Wheeler carved through a very unspectacular San Francisco Giants’ lineup with ease. The only problem: Derek Holland and a plethora of Giant relievers were able to mow down the Mets without much resistance.
But hey, it’s not the 10-strikeout performance from one of the hottest pitchers in all of baseball everyone is talking about – it’s the embarrassing mishap in the 13th and final inning.
Dom Smith, an (I guess) serviceable first baseman, is playing left field for the Mets now. In what may be the funniest combination of left field from start to finish in Jack Reinheimer and Smith – Mickey Callaway really doesn’t have much to work with.
There were a lot of impressive pitching performances by the combo of Wheeler, Robert Gsellman, Jerry Blevins and others who have really been hot as of late for New York. But the lack of experience from Smith did the Mets in and gave the Giants an undeserved 2-1 lead in the top of the final inning, only to be closed out by a 7.43 ERA reliever in Derek Law who shut the Mets out in the last two frames of the game.
The everyday shortstop, Rosario, had circled under the ball, signaled and waited to get out of a jam Tyler Bashlor was in – and while some can argue it’s the outfielder’s ball coming in – you leave it to the guy who has you called off and with a lifetime more experience at his position.
It was as bad as a loss as you could suffer going through the season that Callaway’s squad has gone through.
Unfortunately for the Mets, an ice cold Steven Matz takes the mound today for Game 2 in the series against San Francisco. Matz has allowed an eye-popping 20 earned runs in his last four starts.
New York needs to rebound from this loss because games simply cannot be decided the way they were last night.
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