Early fireworks off the bats of the Mets were rained out by the performance of the bullpen, as the Mets fell in disparaging fashion 8-6 to the Toronto Blue Jays.
For the first six innings of this game, the Mets had the game in their control. This of course was due to a great start by the offense of the team. With former Blue Jay Jose Bautista on base, Asdrubal Cabrera drove a home run to make the early lead 2-0. In the next frame, Devin Mesoraco smashed a home run of his own to further increase the lead to 4-0.
After a Wilmer Flores home run, the score was 5-0 in favor of the Mets. This would be sufficient enough for starter Zack Wheeler, who despite allowing three walks, pitched phenomenally. Wheeler was calm on the mound, and never melted when he would get into a tough situation. His final stat line finished as 6.1 innings pitched, three hits, five strikeouts and two earned runs. Wheeler tossed 107 pitches on the night, but yet again was thwarted by a bullpen that was not sufficient enough to finish the game for the team. My Gut Reaction is that we will soon see Wheeler vocalize his frustrations with the bullpen like Jacob deGrom did, because Wheeler keeps missing out on wins because of them.
The bullpen allowed the game to go from a 6-1 Mets lead to an 8-6 Blue Jays advantage within the span of two innings. The worst offender of tonight’s meltdown was Rob Gsellman, who allowed a three run home run to Yangervis Solarte to tie the game at six. The combination of Gsellman, Anthony Swarzak, and Tim Peterson allowed six earned runs, which is just completely unacceptable.
Nights like this show glimpses of what this team could have been this season. When on, the offense is dynamic and can smack the opposing pitchers around. Add in the performance of a strong starting pitcher like Wheeler, and you have a recipe for success. However, the bullpen on this team ruins the work of both the offense and starting pitcher, and is the reason that the team is now 16 games under .500.