Yoenis Cespedes went AWOL and the Mets’ offense decided to join him, as they fell for the third straight time to the Braves, this time by a 4-0 margin Sunday afternoon. It was the first time they had been shut out this season.
The Mets put runners in scoring position in five of the first six innings. And they proceeded to go 1-12 in those situations. On top of that, the one hit was an infield single that didn’t plate a runner. Gary Cohen called the offense, “curiously inept.” They finished 1-15 with runners in scoring position and left 13 runners on base.
Meanwhile, Cespedes wasn’t in the lineup. And while it seemed like a good time to give him a day off, early in the game it was announced that he did not show up and the Mets were unaware of his whereabouts. Later on, they announced that they believed that Cespedes was okay. Meaning that he just skipped the game. Memories of Matt Harvey jumped immediately to mind.
David Peterson gave a Quality Start, going 6 IP with 3 ER, 1 BB and 8 Ks. Unfortunately, the one walk came with the bases loaded. Still, it was a solid effort from a guy who didn’t exactly dominate Double-A last year. He certainly deserves another start.
Edwin Diaz came on to pitch in the seventh inning with the Mets trailing by three runs. He walked the leadoff batter and got an immediate mound visit from Jeremy Hefner. Diaz got out of the inning without allowing a run.
The story of the game is the continuation of not being able to get the big hit. But what is flying under the radar is how rotten the Mets’ pitching outside of Jacob deGrom has been. Minus deGrom, the Mets’ staff has allowed 52 ER in 77 IP for a 6.08 ERA. It’s tough to win with pitching like that.