In a season full of lows, it is often hard to find the deepest depths of that despair. Injury ridden and beaten down, the Mets limped into Cincinnati hoping to face a Reds team just as lowly as they were. What they found instead may have been their lowest point of the season, coming by virtue of a 14-4 loss to the Reds. It started with a poor starting performance by Chris Flexen, who dropped to 3-3 on the season. He blew up in the first inning, where he allowed an RBI single and a grand slam after walking a few batters. After that, he settled down until the fifth, where he allowed two more runs and was subsequently yanked. His final stat line was 4.2 innings pitched, allowing seven earned runs on seven hits, four walks and four strikeouts.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Mets were able to muster three runs off of the highest ERA for a team across the MLB. Their runs came curtsey of a first inning Asdrubal Cabrera double and a sixth inning two run single by Dom Smith. The Mets had ten hits on the evening, with Jose Reyes, Brandon Nimmo, Wilmer Flores, Amed Rosario, and Flexen each contributing one hit. Cabrera and Smith each had two hits. My Guy Reaction is that if the Mets want to take this series from the Reds, they will need to cash in on run scoring opportunities.
They will also need to have better contributions from their bullpen. While the trio of Josh Smoker, Jeruys Familia, and yes, Kevin Plawecki each allowed no earned runs in their appearances, Chasen Bradford really dropped the ball in his. Bradford recorded no outs and allowed seven runs, four of them being earned. The Mets will attempt to tie the series tomorrow night, when Rafael Montero takes the hill in Cincinnati at 7:10.