Three Mets’ Storylines: Bullpen Gives Them Chance, But Fall Short

It obviously wasn’t what the Mets wanted – their fourth straight loss to drop under .500 – but it was something they needed, which was a game in which they didn’t lie down after a terrible start.

After Thursday’s beat down to Arizona, Mets manager Terry Collins went on a four-minute rant, threatening his players with jobs and vowed, “starting [Friday] we’re going to get after it.”

VERRETT: Ripped. (AP)

VERRETT: Ripped. (AP)

It didn’t start that way as the Padres ripped starter Logan Verrett for five runs in the first inning, and took an 8-2 lead in the third before hanging on to win, 8-6, Friday night at Citi Field.

The Mets almost overcame four homers off Verrett and stayed alive because their bullpen retired 19 straight, which allowed them to climb back with Jay Bruce’s RBI single in the fifth; and RBI hits by Matt Reynolds and Ty Kelly, and Wilmer Flores’ run-scoring grounder in the sixth.

It was the first time they scored that many runs in an inning since four in the fifth inning last Thursday at Yankee Stadium.

They lost, but after the Arizona series, there was a sign of a pulse.

“I was very impressed,” Collins said of his team’s effort. “I saw a lot more energy. I saw some passion. I saw better at-bats. I was very impressed with how they went about it.”

That was the biggest thing to take from the game, with the other storylines being Verrett and Travis d’Arnaud.

VERRETT ROCKED: Verrett was mauled for five runs in the first and eight in 2.2 innings in what was considered an audition to stay in the rotation.

Verrett has had some good moments, but his last two starts haven’t been good and the pre-game speculation was if he pitched poorly he would be out of the rotation.

But, to replaced by whom?

“We’re going to make a change,” Collins said. “If his knee is OK, it will be Jon Niese.”

WE HAVE D’ARNAUD SIGHTING: Collins pinch-hit for d’Arnaud in the ninth inning leading to speculation – including by me – the Mets were cooling on him.

D’Arnaud sat Thursday but was back in the lineup Friday and went 3-for-4, including his fourth homer, and drove in two runs and scored two.

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3 thoughts on “Three Mets’ Storylines: Bullpen Gives Them Chance, But Fall Short

  1. I’m not impressed. The game was over at 8-2 with Shemp hitting to home runs. The relief pitching and scoring 4 runs is irrelevant. The only tease is St Louis and Miami losing too. The Mets are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the 1986 Mets and that is all well and good. But maybe us fans should remember it’s the 25th anniversary of the 1991 Mets. Team was 49-34 on July 13th and 2.5 games out. But they went into a tailspin to finish 77-84, with Bud Harrelson getting fired with a week left (so new GM Al Harazin didn’t have to be the one axing a Met with 30 years service). All I really remember was each Frank Viola start he would pitch well for 4 innings and lose it..some kind of a blister.

    Hey, I was dumb enough to predict a sweep of the Padres and at least an 8-2 homestand. Now the team is under .500

  2. Verrett is only viable if you can hit. The team can’t hit

    We have 2 legit pitchers, one was supposed to be in the pen by now.

    2 of your young studs are waiting for the season to end so they can have surgery. One other already had surgery.

    Verrett being up here only shows we don’t have any arms in the minors now. We also don’t have any hitters in AAA. If Nimmo were any good he would be playing. Juan is hut down, Yoenis is shut down, Conforto was sent down. Grandy isn’t hitting and de Aza is getting playing time.

    We are hoping a broken down Jose can save us and we are thinking of bringing in CarGo to save us. We will be lucky to end the season ahead of the Phillies