The Mets got off to a strong start and the chatter was lively and lots of fun. We forgot that there was nine innings in the game and we had no closer. Frambler Valdez who had been 2-0 against the Mets had trouble finding the strike zone issuing three walks, allowing six runs and getting knocked out in the fifth after throwing 95 pitches.

The Astros drew first blood in the second with a solo home run off the bat of Jake Meyers and it started to remind us of last night. The Mets exploded in the second for five runs featuring Valdez fielding a dribbler off the bat of Jose Iglesias and glove shuffling the ball past the catcher to allow a run to score. Iglesias, starting in place of a Jeff McNeil who had gone three for four with a three-run dinger last night, rewarded Mendoza by going three for four and raising his average to .425. The Mets followed up with singles by Harrison Bader and Pete Alonso along with a Brandon Nimmo double, all of which drove in runs. After two innings, the Mets were up 5-1.

Through 3 innings, starter Tylor Megill, who I believe was pitching for a chance to stay in the rotation, threw 43 pitches through three innings with 3K’s and more importantly no walks. In the bottom of the third Mark Vientos crushed a solo shot 429 feet to dead center and the Mets were sitting ahead 6-1. It would be the last run they would score all day.

In the 4th, Megill walked a batter and hit one and both came around to score on a Jeremy Peña double to cut the lead to 6-3. Jon Singleton singled home Peña and suddenly the lead was cut to 6-4. Megill walked two batters in the top of the 5th, but worked his way out of it. Iglesias notched his third hit of the day in the bottom of the 5th to up his average to .436 and knocked out Valdez but they failed to score. Megill came back out for the 6th but was pulled after a one out walk in place of Ty Adcock. Megill finished with 101 pitches, three walks and six K’s, but the four earned runs was still not a good look for this very important outing. Adcock, in his first appearance for the Mets, pitched an inning and a third, giving up one hit and no runs.

The game continued into the 8th with Jake Diekman taking a turn on the mound. It was not memorable as he issued two walks in two thirds of an inning and gave way to Reed Garrett who failed to close the door giving up a hit and two walks. Of the four walks in that inning, three of them scored. A wild pitch brought in the Astros 5th run and then a bases loaded single put them up to stay at 7-6. The Mets didn’t get some close calls on pitches, and the umpiring staff embarrassed themselves losing track of the count necessitating the Astros’ manager to come out which resulted in them needing to go to a replay of the count to confirm the Astros’ contention that the Mets had thrown ball four versus a 3-2 count they had on their clicker. Danny Young came in to pitch and gave up three hits as the Astros climbed to a 9-6 advantage that would be the final score.

The Mets pounded out 11 hits, but only three after the third inning. Lindor, Alonso and Vientos had two hits apiece, Iglesias had three, and Vientos recorded his 10th home run in only his 37th game. I don’t think Megill’s performance was enough to save his roster spot even pitching into the 6th, and would expect he will be sent to Syracuse and either Jose Butto or Christian Scott will come up to take his next turn.

Sticky fingers Diaz’ absence was sorely noted as we did not have anyone to close the door at the end. After knocking out Valdez after 4 2/3, the Astros pen shut the Mets down giving up only 1 hit and 1 walk the rest of the way. Their pen the same kudos that the Mets pen got yesterday. Today Captain Hooks’ moves did not result in a win, but let’s remember that while Mendoza pushes the buttons, it’s his players that failed to come through.

Luis Severino goes tomorrow at a 1:40 start to try and salvage the series and leave the month of June a game over .500. Considering where we started the month, this will have been the second most successful June in Mets history. Thinking a sweep was shortsighted on my part, but a series win is certainly ours for the taking. The Mets hit the road after tomorrow for three against the Nationals, then four versus the Pirates before returning home. Starting July they play 18 straight games against teams who are currently under .500 before two against the Yankees in the Bronx and then four back home against the Braves. If they are ever going to got make a big run towards a wildcard spot and be serious buyers at the deadline, this is the time to do so.

7 comments on “Gut Reaction: Astros 9, Mets 6 (6/29/24)

  • Metstabolism

    Eleven straight games coming up against the Nats and Pirates. Hoping the Mets smell the blood in the water and win all three series. Winning 7 of those games should put some more distance between the Mets and those two teams while also closing ground on at least one of SD/ST.L,

  • TexasGusCC

    “He who fails to plan is planning to fail”
    Winston Churchill

    I lay this loss 60% at the feet of David Stearns, 30% at the feet of Carlos Mendoza, and 10% at the feet of Jake Diekman.

    The whole planet knew what the Mets were facing: a pitcher short for ten days and a starting pitching staff that can’t finish the sixth inning, if it even gets there. After Peterson’s start the other day, why not send him down and bring up Butto and Scott for him and Drew Smith to give length to a shaky pitching staff? Because he doesn’t want to upset his plan? So, take this loss now David.

    And if Brian Joura, five states away from New York can say on Friday night in the chatter, “why not bring in Adcock up five runs and save Garrett for tomorrow”, couldn’t anyone in the Mets dugout have said it?

    Instead of having a couple of extra quality long men, we get Danny Young and keep Peterson around even after there was an extra off day following his turn. Terrible planning and complete hubris. Indefensible.

    Diekman isn’t a guy that can throw two nights in a row, and Quintana yesterday going four innings set up today’s pitcher that should have also been removed after four innings but the bullpen was already screwed. Diekman not being able to find the strike zone against the lower part of the order was terrible, but so was Garrett. Being tired doesn’t allow you to not challenge hitters with whatever you have. Whatever you have inside of you that day. Inexcusable.

  • TexasGusCC

    Appears the Mets put their foot down and optioned Megill to AAA. While they can call up Butto, Scott or Lucchesi, Butto pitched last night and Lucchesi tonight. So, I guess it will be Scott. One day too late David! What good is Danny Young’s one inning compared to the three Scott would have given you and probably saved the win?

    • Metstabolism

      Scott was the guy Mendoza referenced when talking to reporters last week. Anthony DiComo suggests that the Mets can call up another reliever until that spot comes back up in the rotation.

  • Metstabolism

    Update: Danny young has also been optioned down. Mets selected the contracts of Matt Festa and Tyler Jay. Raley transferred to the 6-day IL, an Duke Ellis was DFA’s to make room for the new pitchers.

  • Brian Joura

    You can’t win them all but you’d like to think that with a 5-1 lead that you wouldn’t lose by 3.

    But sometimes you have to take a step backwards to take two steps forward. And maybe having Megill perform poorly when he had to have known that his roster spot was in jeopardy is one of those cases.

    It’s too bad Adrian Houser wasn’t available yesterday. It feels weird to think that but a 3-inning performance would have been useful.

  • Metsense

    Gut Reaction: Oh those base on balls! Diekman, Garrett and Megill couldn’t find the plate and it cost the Mets a victory.
    Diaz suspension is taking a toll on the bullpen. Nunez appears to be the best arm so he should assume the closer role until Diaz is reinstated.
    Mendoza stayed with the platoon at second base. Iglesias rewarded his faith in him.
    Megill and Young were optioned to Syracuse. Tyler Jay and Matt Festa were promoted.

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