The old wisdom is that you’re going to win 1/3 of your games no matter what and you’re going to lose 1/3 no matter what. It’s what you do with the other 1/3 that determines what kind of year you’re going to have. The Mets lost one of the games from the third category Saturday night, losing 5-4 to the Marlins in a game they held a 4-2 lead in the eighth inning.
Brian Joura (admin)
I want them to send JDG out for the 8th but they won’t
It’s easy to second guess but this was a first guess from the Game Chatter. Jacob deGrom was absolutely cruising. He retired the last six batters he faced, the final four going down with strikeouts. His pitch count was at 97 and undoubtedly that was the reason they took him out.
About 99 times out of 100 this is the correct decision. But this time was the exception. The Mets’ bullpen still was overworked. Terry Collins had no problem giving his catcher back-to-back days off after he caught 16 innings but went to the whip when it came to his relievers.
Fernando Salas was asked to pitch for the eighth time in 12 games and after retiring the first two batters, he allowed a walk and then back-to-back homers.
The Mets snagged defeat from the jaws of victory in this one.