You hate to see good pitching go to waste, but that’s what happened in the Mets’ 3-2 loss to the Dodgers Tuesday night. Jacob deGrom gave up two runs in seven innings – good enough to win most games – but the Mets’ offense responded with an effort bad enough to lose most games.
Mets’ hitters struck out 13 times and only twice had as many as two runners on base in an inning at the same time.
I have no problem with Robles shaking off the pitch, because as Plawecki explains in the Game Wrap, a pitcher must be confident in the pitch.
METS GAME WRAP
Game: #32 Record: 20-12 Streak: L 1
Standings: First, NL East
Runs: 137 Average per game: 4.3 Times scoring 3 runs or less: 13
SUMMARY: The Mets’ all-or-nothing offense was nothing Tuesday night against Alex Wood and three relievers. They had five hits and two walks; went 1-for-7 with RISP; and struck out 13 times to waste a strong outing from deGrom.
KEY MOMENT: In the second, Mets had two runs home and two runners on with no outs, but Wood regrouped to get the next three hitters.
THUMBS UP: DeGrom was grit again. … Yoenis Cespedes gunned down Adrian Gonzalez at second. … Two hits from Juan Lagares. … A RBI single from Plawecki. … Antonio Bastardo worms out of trouble in the eighth inning once again.
THUMBS DOWN: After endorsing Michael Conforto, he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. It doesn’t matter, he still should’ve hit No. 3. … Three strikeouts by David Wright. … Lagares was picked off to end the fifth.
EXTRA INNINGS: Be honest, after Chase Utley’s double in the first, how many people thought, “deGrom should have plunked him?’’ … After appearing in three straight games, Bastardo will likely not be available Wednesday night.
QUOTEBOOK: “I put the slider down. Ultimately, I want my pitcher to have conviction with what he’s throwing. And if he doesn’t feel comfortable throwing his slider in that situation, then I’ve got to trust him on that.’’ – Plawecki on Robles shaking off his call for a slider prior to Thompson’s game-winning homer.
BY THE NUMBERS: 3: Strikeouts by Cespedes in his last 10 games. During that span he has also walked seven times and driven in eight runs.