The Mets jumped out to a lead but then gave up eight unanswered runs to fall to the Rockies, 9-4, in the first game of their three-game series in Denver Monday night. The Mets have now lost three of their last four games and are five games back of the Cubs in the Wild Card standings.
Steven Matz had a strong first three innings, allowing just one run, but it all fell apart for him in the fourth, as he needed 42 pitches to get out of the inning, one in which he allowed six runs. Perhaps Mickey Callaway could have taken him out a few batters earlier but he didn’t want to go to his bullpen any sooner than he had to.
So, while Callaway gets a pass with that situation, he gets a failing grade on how he handled the sixth inning. The Mets had runners on first and third with one out and the bottom of the order coming up. Callaway chose to pinch hit for both the catcher and the pitcher but elected to use two of his worst three options to bat. With Rajai Davis, Todd Frazier, Jed Lowrie and Wilson Ramos all available to hit, Callaway sent up Luis Guillorme, he of the .687 OPS, and Joe Panik, who’s not any good and who entered 1-8 as a pinch-hitter as a Met. Try to hide your astonishment but Guillorme struck out and Panik grounded out weakly to third base.