Getting out of Milwaukee did not prove to be the magic pill the Mets needed, as they traveled to Phoenix and saw another late-inning meltdown in a 7-3 loss Monday night.
- Arizona tallied six runs in the eighth inning, with most of that damage coming against Hansel Robles, who first entered the game in the seventh. You know the story, the relievers are exhausted because they have to give so many innings night after night because the starters don’t go deep. And the problem is compounded because of the insistence of playing matchups.
- Jerry Blevins came on in the seventh inning and was removed mid-inning with a runner on second and two outs. Robles came on because a righty was coming up. He escaped the seventh but was not so fortunate in the eighth, as righty batters Paul Goldschmidt and Yasmany Tomas hit balls to straight away CF that might still be traveling if not knocked down by a 25-foot high wall. In their brief history against Robles, Goldschmidt is 4-5 and Tomas is 2-3 and combined they’ve hit three doubles and two homers in those eight at-bats.
- Zack Wheeler topped 100 pitches in six innings but was sent out in the seventh inning, something that no doubt the brass did not want to do. But he was removed once he allowed a leadoff single. It just makes you wonder – if he retired the side in order, would he have continued to pitch until he gave up a hit? Obviously, the answer is no, but the situation is so bad, you can imagine the thought of a 149-pitch outing from their starter as preferable than going to the bullpen again.
- Wilmer Flores delivered a pinch-hit two-run homer in the ninth to make the score a bit more respectable at the end.