The Mets never seem to run out of ways to lose ugly. They let this winnable game get away thanks to AJ Ramos walking in the winning run in the 10th inning.
Noah Syndergaard looked awful early (more on that later) but settled down to go six innings, allowing three run and striking out eight. Despite a low pitch count, he was pulled for a pinch hitter because the Mets were busy making journeyman Junior Guerra look like Juan Marichal. Their lone runs off him came courtesy of solo home run from Amed Rosario and Michael Conforto. Asdrubal Cabrera contributed three hits, but most of the rest of the lineup was 0 for the ball game.
The Mets looked feeble against Brewers reliever Josh Hader, but then so has the rest of the league. The unhittable lefty struck out four and allowed no hits in two innings of relief work, before giving way to the normally reliable closer Corey Knebel. After getting two quick outs, Knebel lost the strike zone and walked twoo before surrendering the clutch game tying hit to…Jose Bautista! Luis Guillorme then walked to load the bases, but Rosario grounded out to end the promising opportunity.
Syndergaard, who exited after six innings, allowed all three earned runs to score in the first two innings. The first run came courtesy of a Travis Shaw home run and several hard hit singles. Seth Lugo again did his job, tossing another two scoreless innings to extend his streak and lower his ERA to1.72. Robert Gsellman took over and pitched one clean inning and had two outs in his second when Mickey Callaway pulled him to let his favorite (not) LOOGY pitch to Christian Yelich with a runner on. Once again, Jerry Blevins failed to get the one out he was brought in to get, allowing a hard hit single to advance the runner to third. Guess what Callaway did next? That’s right, he turned to the rarely reliable Ramos who walked not one, but two batters to give the game away.
What an ugly loss and on a night when both the Phillies and Braves lost. Blech.
Gut reaction #1 – Callway needs to rethink where his faith lies in the bullpen because the long guys at the front have been a lot more reliable than the guys at the back.
Gut reaction #2 – Syndergaard throws hard, throws strikes and a great mix of pitches. Know what he doesn’t do? Vary location. Every pitch he throws is knee high. He occasionally will work east-west, but he doesn’t seem to know how to go north-south. He should take note of the phenomenal success deGrom has going upstairs downstairs. The better hitters can time a 98mph fastball, but almost no one will catch up to one that’s letter high. Dwight Gooden was so good at this that he dominated as a starter with mainly two pitches – unheard of today.