With an 8-3 drubbing, the New York Mets fell for the second consecutive night to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
For the first three innings of the game, it was a battle between the two of the biggest names in National League pitching. For the Mets, their ace Jacob deGrom took the hill and put out a quality start for his team. He was able to muster six innings of three run pitching, allowing three walks and striking out six. His walks were concerning, as usually his control is impeccable. His walks were able to set the Dodgers up for easier access to score runs.
Walks were a common theme amongst Mets pitchers during the game, and it only got worse as the night went along. Robert Gsellman, who started the season off very strongly, struggled mightily against the Dodgers. His final stat line was one walk and five earned runs over two innings of work. The big blow of the night came off of Gsellman, as he allowed a grand slam to Matt Kemp in the eighth.
The offense was formidable tonight, as Jose Bautista continued his current streak of hot hitting. After hitting his first home run with the team in the first game against the Dodgers, Bautista hit another tonight in eighth inning. This was Bautista’s second hit on the night, the first coming in the form of an RBI double in the second inning. Brandon Nimmo had three hits, Todd Frazier had two, and Wilmer Flores, Michael Conforto, and deGrom each had one.
In his Major League debut, Drew Smith produced a scoreless ninth inning. He was having a successful season down in Las Vegas, so his contributions to the team will be warmly welcomed. My Gut Reaction is that Smith will have success in the big leagues and only have a positive impact on the team.
This will be another tough home loss for the Mets to swallow, as their overall record dropped to 31-43. They will try to salvage the last game of the season on Sunday, as Rich Hill will take the mound against a Mets pitcher to be named tomorrow, as Jason Vargas landed himself on the disabled list with a strained calf.