The San Diego Padres handed the Mets only their second loss in their last eight games. Steven Matz was charged with the loss, his third straight. Matz lasted only three innings, and his work in that time was not pretty. He allowed nine hits, and six earned runs. He did not walk any batters. This latest troubled start has Matz’s season ERA up to a bleak 5.51. Mostly Matz struggled with locating his pitches, as he gave up several big hits that put the Mets down early. A solo home run in the first, and a bases-clearing triple in the third did him in. My Gut Reaction is that Matz will be effective this year, when he is able to locate his pitches properly.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Mets squeaked out five hits. Yoenis Cespedes, Asdrubal Cabrera, Wilmer Flores, Lucas Duda, and Jose Reyes each produced a hit. The biggest hit for the Mets was a solo home run in the eighth by Flores. Although they put up a decent amount of runs, they suffered from nine strikeouts at the plate.
Out of the bullpen, Erik Goeddel, Tyler Pill, and Hansel Robles combined to throw six shutout innings. They combined to strikeout seven in their collective body of work, while the only walk was surrendered by Pill. The Mets are back in action tonight at 10:10 when Chris Flexen will make his major league debut, and the Mets will attempt to take their second straight series.