The wheels are coming off this season. The Mets blew yet another game in ugly fashion as the Braves walked off with a game winning home run in the bottom of the ninth. You can’t blame the feeble offense for this one as they gave the Mets leads of 4-0 and 6-2 that the bullpen couldn’t hold.
Steven Matz made the start and looked good for three innings before exiting with a finger injury. In case you blinked, the Mets had just gotten the news earlier in the day that Noah Syndergaard was going on the 10-day disabled list with his own finger injury. Perhaps they injured them pointing at the myriad reasons why this team keeps losing.
The fruitless early lead came courtesy of two home runs from Asdrubal Cabrera, a home run by Adrian Gonzalez and timely doubles by Jose Bautista and Brandon Nimmo. Every reliever who came out from the Mets bullpen ran into trouble, starting with Paul Sewald, who needed nearly 40 pitches to get through the first of his two innings. Jerry Blevins allowed another run in an uncharacteristic 1.2 inning outing to lower his ERA to 5.56. Jacob Rhame, who does not look like he belongs in the Majors, gave up three earned runs on four hits in 1.1 innings. Gerson Bautista, who throws hard, but hasn’t figured out how to pitch yet, gave up the big bomb in the ninth.
Injuries, slumps, underperformance and an overworked bullpen now have this team sitting at .500. The season is far from over but it’s also far, far away from that red hot start we got off to back in April. Things don’t look brighter for tomorrow with the struggling Jason Vargas opposing perennial Mets killer Julio Teheran. Then we head to Chicago to face a surging Cubs team. With seemingly half our team on the disabled list, this season could easily spiral down the drain over the next few weeks. We need some Mets magic.