The Mets had their three-game winning streak snapped by the Marlins Tuesday night in Miami, as they fell to their division rivals, 6-3.
- The key inning in the game was the seventh. Travis d’Arnaud tied the game with a solo homer, his second RBI of the game. Pinch-hitter Brandon Nimmo drew a walk, bringing up Curtis Granderson, who led off the game with a home run. Granderson hit a rocket up the middle that Marlins SS, J.T. Riddle, who was positioned perfectly, made a sliding stop and turned a nice DP.
- In the bottom of the inning the Mets failed to make two defensive plays, which certainly weren’t easy plays and perhaps ones that couldn’t have been made at all. The first was a shot to first base. Lucas Duda, who doubled and scored the Mets’ second run, was holding a runner on, then broke towards second base and then had to reverse course and move back towards first. He was unable to hold onto the ball and a potential DP instead had runners on first and third.
- The next batter hit a ball hard a couple of steps on the shortstop side of the guy playing third, Wilmer Flores. Instead of going after the ball, Flores ran to cover third base. David Wright would have made the play but it’s an open question if Flores would have if he didn’t run away from it. The end result was another potential double play that resulted in zero outs. The Marlins scored three runs in the inning to win the game.
- There was also a questionable pitching decision in the seventh inning. Starter Robert Gsellman left the game after pulling a hamstring while trying to beat out an infield hit in the top of the fourth. Paul Sewald came on to replace him and did a super job, hurling three scoreless innings.
- After the Mets tied the game in the top of the seventh, Neil Ramirez was brought on to pitch in a tie game. The same Ramirez who gave up two runs in his last outing and who entered the game with an evil 6.66 ERA. In the previous inning, Josh Edgin was loosening in the bullpen and the Marlins had a lefty hitting second, third and fourth in the inning.
- After Ramirez gave up a leadoff walk, Jerry Blevins, not Edgin, started to get ready. One batter later he was in the game. Blevins ended up giving up hits to two lefty batters. It was the third time in his last five games Blevins allowed runs to score.
- Gsellman is likely looking at a DL stint. That means that four of the five guys who started the year in the rotation for the Mets will be on the DL.