They say never argue with an idiot, because they’ll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience. The Rays should never be considered idiots, as they’re one of the smartest organizations in baseball. But it sure felt like the Rays dragged the Mets down to their level – a low-scoring game – and beat the Mets with experience, as they emerged with a 2-1 win Monday night. The Rays are now 13-5 in one-run games while the Mets are 5-10.
Jacob deGrom traveled back to 2018-19 to be the hard-luck loser. He had outstanding stuff, striking out the side in the first inning on 10 pitches. He ended up with 7 IP and 14 Ks. But he gave up both runs and took the loss.
The Mets’ offense scored for the first time in 15 innings when Jeff McNeil drove in a run on a grounder. But the Rays’ shortstop did a fine job of knocking the ball down and preventing it from going into the outfield, which saved the tying run from scoring.
It was an eventful ninth inning, as the Mets tried to rally for the win. Robinson Cano had an 11-pitch AB before hitting a ball 405 feet to CF. But the wall was 408 feet and it became just a long out. Then with Pete Alonso up, the Rays played with four outfielders. Alonso went up in the count, 3-0, and then struck out on three straight fastballs. Andres Gimenez came on as a pinch-hitter and popped up to end the game.