Amed Rosario hit two triples! Wilmer Flores and Jose Reyes each got on base twice! PJ Conlon and Tyler Bashlor combined to allow just one run over 4.1 relief innings! The Mets made no errors and even turned a few highlight plays in the field! Dom Smith got a hit! But, um, yeah, we lost again.
The Mets trotted out career minor leaguer Drew Gagnon to make the start. Unimpressive in three AAA stints, the 28-year-old rookie gave us a pretty good idea why. A below average fastball mixed with belt high changeups led to six earned runs in less than five innings. Mickey Callaway seems pleased that he only allowed one walk, but that can be better attributed to how hittable his pitches were than his impeccable control. Met killer Maikel Franco hit a three run home run to break it open in the second inning and Gagnon allowed two more runs in the third inning to put the game out of reach early.
The Mets couldn’t do much against rookie Enyel De Los Santos but did put some runs on the board against the Phillies bullpen. Of course, they demonstrated their affinity for stranding runners as their 10 base runners and three extra base hits only amounted to three runs. And the evening wouldn’t be complete without another injury. Mets 2018 MVP Asdrubal Cabrera exited the game with an apparent elbow injury. Hopefully he doesn’t join the growing list of veterans on the disabled list. As it is, the active roster is beginning to resemble an expansion team with a mix of hasbeens and non-prospects. Some of the currently active players not only weren’t on the opening day 40-man roster, but they weren’t even in spring training. And by the time Noah Syndergaard, Jason Vargas, Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes return to the team, Cabrera, Jeurys Familia and others will have been traded away so get used to watching a bunch of nobodies for the rest of the year. Ace Jacob deGrom will attempt to stop the bleeding and secure a series split tomorrow. Maybe the Mets can muster some run support against righty Vince Velasquez.