The Mets dropped the opening game of their doubleheader with the Braves by a 9-2 score Monday evening.
Chris Flexen got his first start in 22 days and did well through five innings, allowing just one run. Unfortunately, he pitched to three batters in the sixth and did not retire a single one
With the bases loaded and two lefties coming to the plate, Terry Collins played matchups and called on Josh Smoker. Everyone should know this by now but Smoker came into the game with a .275/.363/.477 line in 125 PA against lefties. Last year lefties had a 1.048 OPS against him. There’s little reason for Smoker to be on the roster and there’s even less reason to utilize him as a lefty specialist.
Oh, and in a small sample, he came into the game 5-9 with three doubles allowed when the bases were loaded. Smoker retired the first lefty but the next one hit a double and he ended up allowing all three inherited runners to score.
Tomas Nido delivered a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh for the Mets’ runs.