There’s the Power of Love and Blues Power and even Power to the People. On Sunday, the Dodgers unleashed power in the form of seven home runs en route to an 8-7 victory over the Mets and a sweep of the three-game series.
In a good news/bad news situation, the Mets were not subjected to another Jason Vargas start. But it led to a bullpen day and when your pen is as bad as the Mets’ that’s not really something you either need or want to see.
Jerry Blevins, the guy that they bend over backwards to have face just lefty batters, drew the starting assignment, his first ever in the majors after 500-something relief appearances. So, what did he do? Why he allowed homers to the first two batters he faced. Blevins settled down and settled in and actually pitched two full innings without allowing any more runs.
The Mets ended up using seven relievers in the game and five of those surrendered homers. Anthony Swarzak allowed two in 1.1 IP. He gave up six hits and three runs and was easily the least effective pitcher of the game.
The Mets made a game of it because of their own power production, as they belted out five extra-base hits. Groundball machine Kevin Plawecki had a double and a homer and Asdrubal Cabrera tied the game with a three-run blast in the eighth inning.
But the bullpen did exactly what you would expect it to do when forced to pitch 11 innings.
So another loss but at least this one was expected before the series even started. A bigger loss would be if Brandon Nimmo, who left the game after getting hit by a pitch, has to miss extended time. Initial X-Rays on his hand came back negative but as we’ve found out previously, that doesn’t always mean we’re home free.