The Mets lost the first game of a four game series against the Dodgers in a matchup that was meant to be low scoring with two Cy Young caliber aces on the mound. Jacob deGrom matched up against Clayton Kershaw, with both pitchers battling at times. The Mets got on the board early and did their part against Kershaw, with Pete Alonso and J.D. Davis providing the offensive firepower. However the story of tonight’s game is the Mets bullpen and Dodgers defense, which were certainly the deciding factors.
The sixth inning was enough for Los Angeles to put the game away, as they scored six runs off of Tyler Bashlor and Daniel Zamora. On the other side of the ball, the Mets were not helped on the base paths as the Dodgers threw two runners out at the plate and one at third base. In the eighth inning with the based loaded, Cody Bellinger gunned down Carlos Gomez at third base for an inning ending double play; the throw was absolutely perfect and was the second outfield assist of the night for the MVP caliber outfielder who also nailed Michael Conforto at the plate in the first inning.
The Dodgers brought on Kenley Jansen for a five out save, his first of the 2019 season and something that the Met’s elite closer Edwin Diaz has yet to attempt. Jansen, after working through some trouble in the eighth and a strange triple from Alonso in the ninth, made due of the Mets to close out the game. The Mets were hit with an offensive juggernaut against their West Coast foes and failed to capitalize on several opportunities of their own. It was certainly a disappointing loss, as the Mets look to prove that they can compete against better talent in the National League.