The pink uniforms and accessories were a nice touch for Mother’s Day weekend. Kevin Plawecki‘s parents surprised him by showing up at the field and he treated her to a rare offensive contribution with two hits. Neil Walker contributed two of his own and continued his resurgence with a home run as well. Oh, and Wilmer Flores actually made a nice play at third base. And that concludes the positive notes from this ball game.
Robert Gsellman started a little shaky, walking three batters and leaving a few pitches in the fat part of the plate, but still entered the 5th inning with a 4-2 lead. In the 5th he loaded the bases and Terry Collins had seen enough. He summoned his favorite pitcher, Hansel Robles, who brought his gas can with him to the mound. Robles let all three runners score before he recorded a single out and then allowed four more of his own runs to score for an ugly eight-run 5th inning. Paul Sewald and Rafael Montero did a commendable job holding the Brewers to a single run over the last three innings, but the damage was done.
Aside from the lousy pitching, errors (Asdrubal Cabrera), another base running blunder (Michael Conforto) and a lot of runners left stranded on the bases helped contribute to this forgettable loss. Even with all the injuries they have, the Mets still have a lot more talent than this rebuilding Brewers team. The Brewers have exactly one star player, Ryan Braun, and he’s injured. The rest of the team is made up of rookies and retreads and 2017 surprise Eric Thames. Yet, through the first two games of this series, the Mets are making them look like the Big Red Machine.
Jacob deGrom, our one reliable starting pitcher (though still not at his best) takes the hill on Mother’s Day and hopefully he can give the Met moms something to cheer about.