The Mets deserved to lose today not just because they gave up seven home runs and not just because they continued flounder hitting with runners in scoring position.
They lost because the man who is supposed to put them in position to win, or at least compete, completely let them down. You might even say he betrayed them.
I guess we might surmise using seven relief pitchers is not something the Mets want to do any time soon. They were put in that position because scheduled starter Jason Vargas was forced to the disabled list with a strained muscle jogging in the outfield 15 minutes prior to first pitch – not prior to Wednesday’s game in Denver.
That would be nearly four days ago.
Mets manager Mickey Callaway said they didn’t believe the injury was serious enough warrant going on the disabled list. Even so, you’d think if Alderson was sharp he’d have somebody from Triple-A at Citi Field just in case.
They don’t even get a pass because Las Vegas is a four-hour flight. However, Double-A Binghamton is roughly a three-hour drive.
The fact they could have done something if they wanted to. Actually, they already had a minor league starter available in Chris Flexen, today’s losing pitcher, 8-7 in 11 innings to the Dodgers, a team that has now beaten them 12 straight times.
Instead, they opted to start lefty specialist Jerry Blevins, who at 34, was making the first start of his career. Back-to-back homers to start the game was a sign of things to come.
You knew the parade of Mets’ relievers wasn’t going to work, but that wasn’t what really irked me today. That would be Callaway saying “Dominic Smith has never bunted before,’’ when asked why Smith didn’t bunt in the 10th inning with a runner on first and the Dodgers shifting with infielders on the right side.
Actually, Smith sacrificed once in 2014, but isn’t that the ultimate indictment of the Mets’ inability to develop players. Actually, a criticism of today’s players in general is the lack of fundamentals.
What’s the point then in players bunting twice in batting practice before they swing?
There’s one other example of Alderson’s malpractice, and that was Justin Turner’s game-winning home run. Turner, of course, was once let loose by Mets.
That’s not piling on,