Despite putting up a fight in the later innings, the New York Mets were unable to get over another poor start by Jason Vargas, as the lost to the Colorado Rockies 10-8.
You could tell from the onset of this game that it was going to be the type of back and forth slugfest we’ve grown accustomed to with baseball at Coors Field. Running out starter Jason Vargas was a recipe for disaster, as the low velocity on his pitches does not pair well with the thin Colorado air. This showed true in the third inning, when Vargas allowed back-to-back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the third inning to Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, and Ian Desmond. The deflated Vargas wouldn’t see life past the third inning, with his stat line finishing with 2.1 innings pitched, and 7 earned runs. My Gut Reaction is that after watching Vargas this season, it might be safe to say that last year’s 18 win season was a fluke, because he has been absolutely dreadful in a Mets uniform.
Offensively, the Mets didn’t have that bad of a night. Usually eight runs is enough to get the win, but it wouldn’t cut it against the Rockies. An interesting thing to look at is how the team scored their runs in the loss. Four of their runs came across the plate through the hitter making an out, whether it be a fly out or groundout. There is nothing wrong with sacrificial baseball, and it was interesting to see the Mets employ it to score half of their runs last night.
The only Mets position players to not register a hit last night were Dom Smith and Todd Frazier, two players who need to produce offensively for different reasons. Smith for the purpose of staying afloat at the Major League level, and Frazier to break out of the visibly frustrating slump that he has been in since his return from injury. The run production was wide spread, as six Mets drove in a run last night, Asdrubal Cabrera the lone Met to drive in two.
The Mets received a mixed bag of success from the bullpen, as Hansel Robles, Chris Beck, and recently called up Tim Peterson came in to relieve. Robles came first, and he lasted only 1.2 innings while giving up two runs and three walks. Beck was next, and despite the four hits he allowed, only one run crossed the plate during his tenure. It was Peterson that pitched best out of the pen for the Mets, as he put up two scoreless innings with three strikeouts.