The New York Mets, most likely thrown off by a nearly two hour long weather delay, fell to the Cincinnati Reds 6-1.
Black storm clouds surrounded Citi Field as Jason Vargas took the mound in the first inning of the game. Some may have seen this as an ominous sign, and others see black storm clouds every time Vargas takes the hill. Vargas struggled out of the gate, allowing three runs in a third of an inning. Of course, had there been no thunder and lightning, Vargas would have obviously pitched longer. The process of getting warmed up, cooling off and sitting during a delay, and then getting on the mound again would prove to be too much for the Mets.
With Vargas recording only one out, the bullpen was forced into to crisis and forced to make up 8.2 innings of the game. Paul Sewald came in first, and showed some consistency in his 1.2 innings of work, including three strikeouts. His teammate and next guy in line, Bobby Wahl would not have the same result. Wahl struggled with his command, with his lowlight coming in the form of a two run home run given up to Phillip Irvin.
Tyler Bashlor, Drew Smith, and Jacob Rhame then each almost tossed two shutout innings each, an impressive showing from the group of younger relievers. The only blemish was a solo home run by former Met Dilson Herrera off of Rhame. My Gut Reaction is that with a lot of openings in this bullpen, these guys should see more similar opportunities in the coming days like they saw tonight, and they will thrive in them.
There wasn’t much cooking at the offensive side of the dish, as the Mets were held to a mere four hits. The only run to cross for them was when Brandon Nimmo was driven in by Jose Bautista. It was just one of those slow offensive games that have just gone on to make this season extra hellish.
The Mets will be right back in action tomorrow afternoon at 12:05 pm, when they will have to make a quick turn-around in order to try and beat the Reds. They will send the best pitcher in the National League, Jacob deGrom, to face Robert Stephenson.