“It’s the same old song. But with a different meaning since you’ve been gone.” That Four Tops song used to play on the car radio with my parents singing along in the front seat of our brown Buick. My brother and I sat in the back, dejected, on our way back from another Mets loss at Shea Stadium circa 1980. The song was as apropos then as it is now. Once again, the Mets got great starting pitching but couldn’t score a lick and the leaky bullpen let the game get out of reach in case there was any hope of a comeback.
In this edition, Steven Matz, who now owns a pretty impressive 3.31 ERA, allowed just one run over 6.1 innings pitched, but the Mets were stymied by Cy Young candidate Blake Snell and the Rays bullpen. Matz exited with the Mets down 1-0 but Robert Gsellman and Anthony Swarzak each allowed a run in relief to bring the score to 3-0 Tampa Bay. The only bright spot besides Matz was Wilmer Flores, who delivered three hits, perhaps in an opportunity to boost his trade value.
It’s a sad state of affairs in Queens and expect another loss tomorrow as the Mets are trotting out Chris Flexen to pitch batting practice for the Sunday game.