On a day where things started out good for the New York Mets, they got absolutely destroyed by the Brewers 17-6.
Although the final score may something completely different, the game began quite well for the Mets. They built an early 3-0 lead in the first inning of the game, and it seemed that this would be a great day for the team. Even after starter Jason Vargas allowed the Brewers to tie the game in the bottom of the inning, Brandon Nimmo put the Mets ahead 4-3 in the top of the second with a solo home run.
Things continued to fall apart for Vargas in the bottom of the third however. After Michael Conforto homered to put the Mets ahead 5-3 in the top of the inning, Vargas allowed another two runs to make the game 5-5. After his last start, in which he went five shutout innings, Vargas got ripped apart and only lasted three innings. My Gut Reaction is that Vargas’s good start was merely a fluke, and that he will soon be receiving the Matt Harvey DFA treatment.
Vargas was not the only one to blame for the blowout though. After he left, the train wreck that is the bullpen stepped into the game, and allowed the Brewers to blow the game wide open. The crew of Jacob Rhame, AJ Ramos, and Chris Flexen combined for eight runs over 3.2 innings. The guys showed that not only was their stuff not up to par, but they could not locate the ball whatsoever. It was especially disturbing to see Ramos continue to struggle after he handed the win to the Brewers via the walk-off walk the night before.
The only reliever who did not give up a run was Jerry Blevins, who pitched the last 1.1 innings of the game and even got the rare at bat in the loss. Games like raise the question of why Vargas is in the rotation, but not Seth Lugo? Lugo has undoubtedly had a better season, and has shown that he is able to get batters out at a consistent rate. With the bullpen struggling, it puts even more pressure on the starters to go deeper into games, something manager Mickey Callaway is not very fond of.
While this game was horrific to watch, we need to keep our heads up. After dropping two straight, we still have the opportunity to split a series with the best team in the National League.