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Mets drop series to Mariners, the rotation takes another hit, but the club remains resilient
Despite a disappointing finish on Sunday, the Mets showed character in their late rally
What’s Up with the Mets? ⚾️
Despite two furious comebacks, the Mets fell to the Mariners 8-7 on Sunday at Citi Field (box)
Carlos Carrasco struggled in his start giving up four runs in less than five innings of work
The bullpen also continued their struggles with Chasen Shreve, Drew Smith and Joely Rodriguez combining to allow four runs
The Mets lost their first series of the year - they are 9-1-1 in series this season
Eduardo Escobar broke a 1-for-31 skid with a triple in the ninth inning
Brandon Nimmo had another strong game at the top of the lineup going 2-for-5 with three RBIs
RHP Colin Holderman made his MLB debut on Sunday and delivered a scoreless inning
Roster Moves 📰
RHP Tylor Megill placed on the 15-day injured list (biceps tendinitis)
RHP Colin Holderman selected from Triple-A Syracuse
RHP Trevor May transferred to the 60-day injured list (stress reaction in arm)
Brandon Nimmo is hitting .423/.516/.615 over the last week, has an 11-game hitting streak and has reached base in 26 straight games
Jeff McNeil picked up another hit and RBI and is batting .308 for the season
The Mets have scored at least one run in five straight games in the first inning and in six of their last seven games
Today’s Game 🗓
Match-up: Mets (23-13) vs Cardinals (19-15)
Where: Citi Field - Flushing, NY
Starters: RHP Trevor Williams (0-2, 5.73 ERA) vs. RHP Miles Mikolas (3-1, 1.49 ERA)
When: 7:10 PM EDT
Where to Watch: SNY
The Mets are a fun group of comeback kids 📝
On paper, it was not a great weekend for the Mets.
They wasted a great start from Max Scherzer to open the weekend, and to close it they squandered an amazing comeback effort by falling just short in the ninth. They left the bases loaded to end the game and they frustratingly did not get the tying run home with one out, thanks to a rough at-bat by Starling Marte and then Pete Alonso striking out in a slider-laden at-bat. This all added up to them dropping their first series of the year to a team that is below .500 for the year.
(Note - they were the last team in MLB this season to lose a series - it was bound to happen)
On Sunday, I was watching the game with my family since we had to celebrate Mother’s Day a week later and my mom asked if the game was over. I responded that it was the ninth and they were down by three but this year you just never know, and wouldn’t you know it they nearly pulled it off yet again.
It seemed incredible when they rallied for five runs in the ninth against the Cardinals a few weeks ago, and then improbably topped that effort with seven runs during epic comeback against the Phillies just a week or so later.
Patrick Mazeika hitting the game-winning home run on Saturday after struggling behind the plate all night served as a small microcosm of this team so far:
No matter what their performance is on any given night, they are never out of it. And their seven comeback wins in 36 games so far this season doesn’t fairly or accurately characterize the makeup of this club, either.
Even in the opener against the Mariners, perhaps they would have had a different fate if the ball had better carry. Both Alonso and Jeff McNeil each got a hold of one that might’ve gone out on a different night (or with the baseballs they used to order from the manufacturer).
That comeback mentality has been missing for the past few seasons. It was noticeable in 2015 and 2019 but for the past couple years it has been dormant. Whether it is the influence of Buck Showalter or the new players they have brought in, it is a refreshing change for this team.
This team has its shortcomings and some glaring issues right now (I’m looking at you, bullpen) but that comeback attitude has been a pleasant surprise so far this season, and will have merit as the season moves into the summer months.
Down on the Farm 🌾
Alex Ramirez (OF, A St. Lucie): 4-for-5, RBI
Ronny Mauricio (SS, No. 3 Prospect, AA Bing): 1-for-4, 2 RBI, BB
Francisco Álvarez (C, No. 1 Prospect, AA Bing): 2-for-5, RBI
Around the League 🚩
The Cincinnati Reds threw a no-hitter and lost 1-0 against the Pirates
The Braves dropped their series against the Padres after giving up four runs in extra innings
In a blowout over win over the Giants, RHP Albert Pujols made his debut on the mound something he had not done over the course of his 21-year career. He gave up four runs and two home runs before ending the inning
RHP Corey Knebel blew a save for the Phillies as they lost 5-4 to the Dodgers
The Marlins placed LHP Jesús Luzardo on the injured list with a forearm strain