Rick Porcello had a New York debut to forget, as he allowed 7 R in 2+ IP, digging the Mets a hole they could not get out of, as the Braves took the series with a 14-1 win Sunday night.
We can hope that it was just a fluke outing for Porcello but neither his stuff nor command looked major league caliber. And for all of the talk about how he was going back to pitching at the bottom of the zone, there sure were a lot of weak-sauce pitches above the belt.
As disappointing as Porcello was, the Mets’ approach against Sean Newcomb was just as bad. Newcomb’s a guy with a long history of throwing pitches outside of the strike zone. Yet it seemed like the Mets were more eager to swing than normal. In the first inning alone, they had two outs recorded on checked swings.
Newcomb was so bad with his pitching that he was removed with one out in the fourth inning with an 8-run lead because his pitch count was at 82.
And speaking of disappointing, Brandon Nimmo batted ninth in this game. Jeff McNeil still hit second despite a lefty on the mound. Michael Conforto hit fifth, after batting cleanup on Opening Day. Robinson Cano still hit sixth. Nimmo drove in the Mets’ only run with a double and he also drew a walk. The other three lefties were a combined 1-8.
With Porcello’s early departure, Corey Oswalt was called in to give innings. He gave the team four rotten frames and eliminated himself for a start on Tuesday. Who will get the nod now is anyone’s guess.
In this type of game, you usually shrug your shoulders and say – at least no one got hurt. But Eduardo Nunez rolled his ankle running out a grounder. Oh well, a lot to digest for the Mets as they bus up to Boston for their first road series.