Yeah, yeah, we lost again. This time to the last place team. The one who traded away all their best players in the off-season. The one we’ll be trading standing places with by Sunday if we don’t right this sinking ship.
Ace and constant topic of Yankee fan speculation (no you can’t have him, especially not for two prospects not named Gleyber) Jacob deGrom was scratched from his scheduled start last night due an undisclosed family matter. In his place, Corey Oswalt and a parade of fresh faced relievers took the hill and were mostly not very good. Oswalt cruised through the first two innings before getting clobbered in the third for six runs courtesy of big smashes by Lewis Brinson and JT Riddle. White Sox cast off Chris Beck recorded one out in the third and then Tyler Bashlor took over and matched Oswalt’s 2 2/3 innings. Similarly, he cruised through two before losing it in his third inning of work, but Jerry Blevins came in to record the last out with runners on and limit Bashlor’s line to just one run allowed. Blevins, in his best outing of the season (hey, a bright spot!) recorded four outs without allowing a baserunner. Drew Smith closed out the game, allowing one run in the ninth.
“When they get the opportunity, we need to get to see them, get our eyes on them, kind of figure out who they are,” manager Mickey Callaway told MLB.com. Too bad these are marginal prospects and not future stars like the Yankees and Braves keep unearthing.
On the offensive side, the Mets again excelled at stranding base runners, turning 17 baserunners into just two runs scored. They got a look at future stud Sandy Alcantara, who was a bit wild, but certainly has electrifying stuff with a moving fastball and a Jake Arrieta like slider. Devin Mesoraco and Jose Bautista each hit doubles, but the biggest positive from the lineup was Amed Rosario, who drew three walks in one game. That’s more than he usually draws in a month. Perhaps he’s learning to be more patient at the plate.
Jacob deGrom will take the hill tonight for the Mets and hopefully get some run support against