Controversial calls factored in the Mets’ losses today and Saturday, but to be clear, they did not decide the outcome either game.
I’m not sure Juan Lagares ran out of the baseline today, but I am positive Tony Wolters did not foul tip that pitch Saturday. I’m also positive I don’t care for manager Terry Collins’ explanation both times.
“Look [second base umpire Rob Drake] made the call,’’ Collins meekly told reporters. “Doesn’t matter what it’s going to do, you don’t challenge it. So it’s over, let’s go, move on.’’
All fire Saturday, that answer portrayed Collins as defeated today. The Mets seemed defeated mentally after Collins left the field.
All right, the play is not reviewable, but Collins never said he asked the umpire – on either night – to ask for help. If he did, he should have made a big stink about the arrogance of umpires who refuse to ask for a second opinion.
There’s no crying in baseball, as so goes the cliché from the movie. That should include the SNY analysts. The Mets didn’t lose either game because of bad calls, they lost because they didn’t play well, either night.
Rockies pitchers threw 126 pitches Sunday, which means the Mets had 126 potential opportunities to make plays. They also were 2-for-6 with RISP with six runners left on base.
Those numbers were 145 pitches on Saturday, going 3-for-11 with RISP and eight stranded.
Collins likes to say the Mets are a “team built on power.’’ If that is the case, and it appears to be, then they are constructed poorly.
Everybody loves homers, but the Mets’ numbers hitting with RISP and leaving runners on base aren’t good. As a team, they are hitting .212 with RISP, and leave an average of seven runners on base and strike out nine times a game.
Your pitching has to be pretty good to overcome that, and frankly, it hasn’t been.
Reliever Jim Henderson, who has been spotless for much of the season, gave up a two-run homer in the seventh.
Those two pitches hurt the Mets more than the Lagares call, and even with those pitches, they had their chances.
The bottom line is winning teams take advantage of opportunities and the Mets aren’t playing well right now.
“It was a long trip, a terrible finish to it,’’ Collins said. “We’ll pick up the pieces. We’ve got a long, long, long way to go.’’
METS GAME WRAP
May 15, 2016
Game: #37 Score: Rockies 4, Mets 3
Record: 21-16 Streak: L 4
Standings: Third, NL East 1.5 GB Nationals; half-game behind Phillies Playoffs Today: Second WC vs. Philadelphia
Runs: 146 Average: 3.9 Times 3 or less: 16
SUMMARY: DeGrom wasn’t great, but pitched well enough to win most games, which he might have done had he gotten support from his offense and bullpen.
KEY MOMENT: Ryan Raburn’s two-run, pinch-hit homer off Henderson in the seventh. Perhaps, Collins pulling deGrom after just 102 pitches moments before might be that moment. Your choice.
THUMBS UP: DeGrom gave the Mets a chance to win. … Yoenis Cespedes homered in the second. … Washington and Philadelphia also lost.
QUOTEBOOK: “I’m still not feeling very comfortable on the mound,’’ – DeGrom on his pitching.
BY THE NUMBERS: 32: Runs scored by the Mets during the 11-game trip.
NEXT FOR METS: Noah Syndergaard (3-2, 2.53 ERA) starts against Washington on Tuesday night. He is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in three career starts against the Nationals.