Even so, he gave the Mets a chance a chance to win, and seriously with the way this season has gone, could you ask for more?
“I’m not sure,’’ deGrom said when asked what was off more, command of his fastball or secondary pitches.
In some ways, tonight deGrom reminded me of that playoff game against Los Angeles he had no business winning, but kept fighting the Dodgers all night. That’s what aces do, they give their team a chance when it seems hopeless.
“He pitches,’’ manager Terry Collins said. “He keeps you in the game. He just battles.’’
It was Smith’s first career homer and the second for Rosario.
“This guy mows down left-handed hitters,’’ Collins said of Chapman. “Some challenges can be just too daunting. But, he’ll have his chances down the road.’’
Reyes reached on an infield single, but even so, I would have let Smith hit for himself. How are you going to learn otherwise?
Smith will always remember tonight for his first career homer, not for being pinch-hit for, and, it’s not like his confidence would be shaken even if Chapman blew him away on three pitches.