Gut Reaction: Marlins 8, Mets 1 (4/8/17)

The Mets’ bats were as cold as the April night weather, as they dropped their second straight game to the Marlins, this one by an 8-1 score Saturday night in Citi Field.

  • Add Adam Conley to the list of starters who have their way against the Mets. He’s now allowed just 4 ER in 29.1 IP against New York, for a nifty 1.23 ERA. He retired the first 11 batters he faced before allowing a two-out walk to Yoenis Cespedes in the fourth inning.
  • Lucas Duda, back in the lineup after sitting out two straight games against lefties, delivered the only offense for the Mets, as he cracked a solo homer to left center. The Mets managed just three hits all night.
  • It was a weird night for Robert Gsellman, who fanned seven in five innings yet allowed three runs and was on the ropes in his last inning before getting out of trouble without allowing another run.
  • If it was weird for Gsellman, it was dismal for the bullpen, which allowed 5 ER in 4 IP and needed six pitchers to finish the game. Josh Smoker pitched a scoreless inning, while Jerry Blevins and Fernando Salas cleaned up the mess left by others. Hansel Robles allowed another run, Paul Sewald was rocked in his MLB debut and Rafael Montero was asked to pitch after going 2.2 innings Friday and had nothing. Montero has now allowed 15 ER in 18.1 IP lifetime as a reliever. Most pitchers get a boost by moving from the rotation to the pen but Montero has been the exact opposite.

5 comments for “Gut Reaction: Marlins 8, Mets 1 (4/8/17)

  1. Metsense
    April 9, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Well……at least the Nats got swatted ! At breakfast this morning my milk container had a photo of Jose Reyes on one side and Neil Walker on the other. Mets will win tonight, you Noah what I mean.

  2. Jimmy P
    April 9, 2017 at 10:42 am

    The RISP #’s were great!

    • April 9, 2017 at 10:52 am

      You’re like Keith Hernandez – grumpy and dismissive about anything that wasn’t around 50 years ago. Except you don’t have an MVP and Seinfeld credits on your resume, so it’s not nearly as endearing.

      • Jimmy p
        April 9, 2017 at 3:13 pm

        Keith was a great clutch hitter who keenly understood the value of delivering with RISP. Yet I submit his success in those situations derived directly from the fact that he was a great hitter,, period — every time he stepped to the plate.

        As far as stats and lame shots at me personally, I bought and read the Bill James Abstracts beginning in the late 80’s and started reading Baseball Prospectus annuals in 1998, according to my library. I simply believe you are taking a minor statistic and blowing it up out of all proportion. You don’t agree, obviously. But don’t climb on a molehill and act like you are the enlightened one about advanced statistics.

        You watched this basic lineup flail and fail all last season and your takeaway is, “bad luck.” And sure, luck plays a role. But I believe the offensive problems run deeper than that.

        • April 9, 2017 at 4:21 pm

          Last year 73 percent of runs scored in the NL happened when players batted with RISP. Do you really want to consider that a minor statistic?

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