An offense that has been completely stagnant as of late continued their incredible streak of inferiority. Soroka completely baffled the hitters of the Mets today, no hitting them until the seventh inning. The youngest pitcher in the Major Leagues outdid one of the oldest lineups, which is a problem moving forward for the Mets. My Gut Reaction is that with such a veteran lineup, many players are unable to keep up with young, talented pitchers like Soroka.
This hit came off of the bat of Michael Conforto, on a ball that was suffocated by Dansby Swanson to keep it in the infield. The only other hit for the Mets came off of the bat of Brandon Nimmo, and it was a double that he laced in the eighth inning. Dom Smith and Jay Bruce drew walks in addition to Conforto.
On the mound, the Mets received another fantastic performance from Jacob deGrom on the mound. Known for his strong day game performances, deGrom did not disappoint. Over seven innings of work, deGrom struck out seven Braves and allowed no walks. His performance came yet again with no run support, which in turn led to him receiving the loss on the day. The big blow in the game came against “lefty specialist” Jerry Blevins. Blevins allowed a two-run blast to Freddie Freeman, a leftie, to give the Braves the lead that they would hold onto for the rest of the game.
Blevins has shown no progression from his early season struggles, and has only proven that he is incapable of getting the clutch out on a left-handed batter that he was signed to do.
This loss dropped the Mets record to a lowly 28-36. The stagnant offense has only crossed the plate in the last 78 games according to ESPN, but they might be in for some relief as their road trip continues down the hitter-friendly Chase Field in Arizona. On Thursday, Steven Matz will take on Matt Koch and the Diamondbacks at 9:40 pm.