On a damp day in Flushing, Queens, the Mets got romped by the visiting Toronto Blue Jays, 12-1.
After putting a 12 spot on the visitors last night, the Mets were considerate enough to allow the Blue Jays to do the same to them today. Zack Wheeler was the starter today for the Mets, and to say he had a disappointing outing would be a large understatement. From the beginning of the game, he had a huge problem with locating his pitches, and this led to many mistakes. He allowed two home runs, including one that set the tone in the first inning to Justin Smoak. His other home run given up was to the bat of Teoscar Hernandez, which was a two run shot in the top of the fourth. Already down three nothing, Wheeler would be unable to register an out in the fifth inning, as he allowed three runs to start his next frame. His final line was not pretty, as he finished with four innings pitched, giving up six runs, three walks while striking out seven. Manager Mickey Calloway allowed him to only throw 81 pitches on the day.
Besides Robert Gsellman, who threw a seamless inning of work, the bullpen was as much of a disaster as Wheeler was. AJ Ramos lasted only 0.2 of an inning, allowing four hits and three earned runs. Under his outing, the Toronto lead grew to 9-0. Refreshingly, Jacob Rhame came into the game for the Mets, and he allowed only a hit over his 1.1 innings of work. Buddy Baumann then entered the game. In his audition for second lefty in the bullpen, he flopped. The Blue Jays hopped on his low velocity pitches, and spotted him for three runs in his two innings of work, all stemming from a Richard Urena three run home run in the top of the ninth.
Providing the sole run for the Mets today was Brandon Nimmo, who homered in his only at bat in the bottom of the ninth. Aside from that home run, the Mets only managed to scratch three hits on the day, two from Wilmer Flores and one from Luis Guillorme. My Gut Reaction is that this team, with its combination of veteran players and spotty depth around the infield, is built for fair weather. Paired with an atrocious start from Wheeler and an excellent one from J.A Happ, the Mets were doomed from the start.
Following the loss, the Mets drop to 20-19 on the season. History was made today, as it was the first ever victory for the Blue Jays in New York City. Starting Friday, the Mets will host the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three game series. Jacob deGrom will take on Zack Godley at 7:10 on Friday.