Mets Game 29: Loss To Rockies
Rockies 11 Mets 10
The Mets jumped out to a big lead early on, then fell behind, then tied it up, then fell behind, then tied it up, then went ahead, then lost. Did I get that right?
Mets Game Notes
For the third straight ballgame, the Mets starting pitcher couldn’t complete five innings.
Jenrry Mejia pitched well through four frames, but fell apart in the fifth. Mejia’s sudden drop in performance is mysterious — it began on pitch #49, when Ryan Wheeler led off the inning with a solo homer on a fat change-up over the middle of the plate. From then on, Mejia’s pace was plodding — he took Steve Trachsel-like delays in between pitches, shaking off signs, seeming to over-think each decision. Is it possible that the thin air got to him? Maybe. Something else I noticed in that inning: the Rockies hitters were sitting on, and crushing, his curveball. I wonder if he’s telegraphing it, or if the Rox were stealing signs, or if Mejia was giving away some kind of pattern. Drew Stubbs jumped all over a curveball for a single, and Nolan Arenado destroyed a curveball for a grand slam — Arenado hit it like he knew it was coming.
Should Mejia have been hooked prior to the grand-slam? Prior to facing Tulowitzki? Even earlier? Maybe, though it depends on Terry Collins‘ true intent. If he truly is trying to win as many games as possible, if his goal really is 90 wins, then, yeah, Mejia should have been removed a few batters earlier than he was. But if this is yet another season of “development,” then I can understand why Mejia was left in there — to see how he would respond to adversity, and to teach him how to work out of a difficult situation. Except, he didn’t.
Is Curtis Granderson out of his slump? Or does it have something to do with playing in Colorado?
Juan Lagares was 1-for-6 with 3 strikeouts, but his one hit was an RBI single to give the Mets the lead in the top of the ninth.
It was mentioned that Colorado reliever and Brooklyn native Adam Ottavino throws his slider 51% of the time, a stat that astounded Gary Cohen. I can think of one other MLB pitcher who threw the slider even more frequently — Sparky Lyle, who relied on the pitch almost exclusively. Lyle probably threw it at least 90% of the time, and did so because his Red Sox manager Ted Williams told him it was the most difficult pitch to hit, and Lyle figured, if the best hitter in baseball history can’t hit it, everyone else will have trouble with it as well.
Daniel Murphy was 4-for-6 with three extra-base hits, three runs scored, and a stolen base, but I’m not sure all that offense made up for the defensive deficiencies — particularly the balls he didn’t get to and threw too high in that fatal fifth frame. I’ll just leave it at that.
Mets hitters saw 178 pitches (!) but struck out 12 times. Lagares saw 27 pitches in his 6 at-bats.
The loss breaks the Mets’ perfect record with Anthony Recker behind the plate; they’re now 6-1 when Recker is the starting backstop.
Troy Tulowitzki is hitting .400. Seems like his average should be even higher, no?
Mets pitchers are extended a new modern baseball record with each out they make — they are now 0-for-49 to start the season.