In a game the Mets absolutely should have won, they allowed four runs in the bottom of the ninth to fall to the Dodgers, 9-8.
It was an outrageously poor use of bullpen personnel. Up five runs in the seventh inning, Mickey Callaway used his three best relievers, each one of them who had been used the previous game. On Monday night we saw Callaway use Tyler Bashlor and Daniel Zamora, arguably the worst relievers on the team right now, in a game with a one-run lead. But he wouldn’t use them up five.
Robert Gsellman gave up a run in the seventh inning, Jeurys Familia gave up a run in the eighth and Edwin Diaz gave up four runs to take the loss. The Mets entered the game 24-0 on the year when they led in the seventh inning. It was completely demoralizing to watch.
And it wiped out a terrific offensive performance and a gutsy outing from Noah Syndergaard.
The Mets tallied four home runs. Pete Alonso belted two 2-run homers while Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith went back-to-back leading off the seventh inning. Both Alonso and Smith finished with three hits apiece in the game.
Syndergaard was bad early, turning a 3-0 lead into a 3-3 tie after three innings. But he settled down to retire 10 of the last 11 batters he faced, with only a walk to the pitcher spoiling the streak.
Callaway did a nice job allowing Syndergaard to pitch the sixth inning, pushing him past the 100-pitch boogeyman. But those bullpen decisions…