The first game against a tougher schedule did not turn out so hot for the Mets, as they dropped a 5-1 decision to the Rockies Friday night at Citi Field.
After threatening previously to break up the successful Jacob deGrom–Tomas Nido combination, the Mets did it this game and the results were less than good. deGrom gave up two runs in his first four innings and generally looked either uncomfortable or irritable when he was on the mound. He missed spots badly all game long.
But despite all of that, deGrom went six innings and fanned 10. Callaway elected to let deGrom hit in the fifth inning, even though he had thrown 100 pitches. Maybe he should have let him pitch the seventh, too.
Actually the seventh inning wasn’t the issue. Robert Gsellman struck out the side in the seventh. It all fell apart for the Mets in the eighth. Drew Gagnon gave up three runs, thanks to two homers. In his last 3.2 IP, Gagnon has allowed 7 ER. He should be the last guy in the pen and if the Mets would commit to using relievers for multi-inning appearances on a consistent basis, he should be sent to the minors.