Day games simply aren’t for the Mets this season. Whether it be on Sunday or a weekday matinee, the game hasn’t been kind. The negative pattern continued this afternoon when Martin Perez and the Texas Rangers defeated the Mets 5-1. The Mets went down early, when starter Rafael Montero allowed three runs in the first inning. Montero’s record dropped to a lowly 1-8. Two of the three runs came on a tape-measure shot to Joey Gallo, and the other came on a balk. Montero was unimpressive, allowing four runs over five innings, along with three walks and five strikeouts.
As for the offense, they didn’t produce nearly as much as required today. The only run came off of a Wilmer Flores solo shot in the fifth inning, the Mets first hit of the game. Jose Reyes and Amed Rosario were the only other Mets to produce hits. The team combined for seven strikeouts on the day. As for the bullpen, Josh Smoker came in to relieve Montero, and allowed five hits and a run. Perhaps the most impressive pitcher out of the pen was Hansel Robles, who over three innings did not allow a hit, and struck out five. My Gut Reaction is that if Robles starts to develop consistency, he will be trusted with a more long-reliever type role out of the bullpen. Chasen Bradford then came in to finish the ninth inning, and he struck out two. The Mets have fallen to 11 games under .500, a low point on the season.
Tomorrow the Mets take on the Phillies at 7:10, and will look to start a winning trend for the weekend.