The Mets erased their recent three-game win streak by losing their third straight in Colorado, 6-4. The biggest problem in this game was not the six, but the four as the Mets grounded into five double plays, managing to squeeze just four runs out of 15 base runners.
The Mets jumped out to a quick lead on Todd Frazier‘s solo homerun, but then made an early hole for themselves as Steven Matz surrendered a three-run home run to Nolan Arenado in the first inning. The all-world Arenado added a two run-double in the second to pad the lead. Matz settled down from there, holding the Rockies scoreless through the next four innings. His line for the day was not pretty – 5.2 innings, five earned runs on eight hits (including three doubles and a homerun) and two walks to go with six strikeouts.
Matz left with the Mets down 5-1 and Brandon Nimmo helped close the gap a bit in the third with an RBI single. The score held at 5-2 as Tim Peterson pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, but Mickey Callaway decided to pull him in favor of Paul Sewald who quickly gave up a walk and a hit, before giving way to Jerry Blevins who allowed an inherited runner to score on a sacrifice fly. Blevins got two outs and Chris Flexen got the final out of the 8th inning. The Mets scored a run in the 8th on a Wilmer Flores sacrifice fly and another in the 9th when Kevin Plawecki tripled and came into score on a ground out.
The big story of this game was missed opportunities. Amed Rosario popped out with the based loaded in the third and he, Plawecki, Frazier, Flores and Devin Mesoraco all hit into double plays – several of them rally killers. The good news is that the bats seemed to wake up this week so guys are at least getting on base.
The Mets return to Citi Field tomorrow to begin a seven-game home stand against the Dodgers and Pirates. We have 23 games until the All-Star break and 19 of them are at home. Can we try to turn this ugly season around? A 17-6 record in that stretch would get us back over .500. Stranger things have happened in baseball.