You can’t win ’em all. Noah Syndergaard came up empty in one of his worst performances of the year, surrendering five earned runs on eight hits and three walks. He couldn’t finish the fourth inning. Meanwhile the Mets couldn’t do much against the struggling Aaron Blair, save a two-run home run from TJ Rivera. It didn’t help that Matt Kemp made two diving catches and Yoenis Cespedes twice missed hitting a home run by a whisker. Going 0-7 with RISP certainly didn’t help matters. Curtis Granderson and James Loney were bright spots with three hits apiece, The Mets bullpen surrendered another two runs in relief and, no surprise, the biggest offensive culprit was perennial Met killer Freddie Freeman who contributed four hits, including a home run and a double. Wouldn’t it be great if we could find a way to trade for him in the off-season so we’d never have to face him again?
As of this writing, the Cardinals and Giants were both winning, so the wild card race will be as tight as a wet pair of sneakers going into tomorrow’s rematch with the Braves. The pitching match-up has not yet been formally announced.