Well, that was a disappointing day all around. Before the game we learned Steven Matz would miss his scheduled start on Thursday due to a sore back because he…slept wrong. Hey, I sleep wrong all the time, but I’m not a highly trained athlete. I’m wondering if this is helicopter-parenting from management, or if this kid is just kind of fragile. Don’t get me wrong, I love him. He reminds me of Joe DiMaggio. I just hope he can be as dynamic in the postseason has he’s been in the regular season.
But onto the game. We scored five in the first via a Daniel Murphy three-run homer, followed by a Michael “I’d like a picture please” Conforto two-run shot. It’s in the bag, right? Sadly, Logan Verrett walked four to his five strikeouts, and allowed three runs to score in 4.1 innings. Erik Goeddel and Jon Niese salvaged the fifth, but in the sixth Hansel Robles and Bobby Parnell gave up three runs combined and recorded just one out. Not clutch pitching, guys, and a poor showing for postseason consideration.
And Yoenis Cespedes got hit in the hand by an errant pitch! Mets Nation collectively held it’s breath. Thankfully it appears to be “a bruise of the left middle and ring fingers” Anthony DiComo reported for MLB.com. Still, time will be missed, and we’ll have to wait until Thursday to see what the plan is. The Mets without a productive Cespedes are a very different looking team.