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Over before it started: Mets get torched by the Brewers as Carlos Carrasco, Tommy Hunter get ambushed in 10-0 loss
The Mets committed four pitch clock violations on Monday
What’s Up with the Mets? ⚾️
The Mets got torched by the Brewers 10-0 in Milwaukee on Monday (Box)
Carlos Carrasco and Tommy Hunter got crushed for 10 runs combined in six innings of work for the Mets - Hunter allowed a grand slam to Brice Turang, his first big league homer
The Mets notched only three singles on the afternoon and were shutout for the first time in 2023
The Mets committed four pitch clock violations on the afternoon - two from Carrasco and one each from Mark Canha and Omar Narváez
Today’s Game 🗓
Match-up: Mets vs. Brewers
Where: American Family Field - Milwaukee, WI
Starters: RHP Max Scherzer vs. LHP Wade Miley
When: 7:40 PM EDT
Where to Watch: SNY
That was so blah… ✍🏻
Yesterday’s game for the Mets was like that guy sitting at a bar at 4 AM on a Monday morning.
That’s not so much a reaction from the final score. It happens several times over the course of the season. The Mets are going to get shelled again, and they’re going to do their share of the shelling, hopefully the latter happening far more than the former, of course.
But that doesn’t make yesterday’s whatever you might call it ok in my mind.
The reason I say this is not because Carlos Carrasco was competitively ineffective and that Tommy Hunter just made the whole thing worse on the mound for the Mets.
It’s that this game appeared to be over before it even started on Monday.
The 10-0 score doesn’t characterize what exactly went on in the game. The suits will tell you, again, that this happens over the course of the season, and it was a statistical anomaly and all of that fun stuff that takes away from my enjoyment of and ability to be entertained by the game.
But if you were watching and aren’t just looking at the box score this morning, I’m sure you saw exactly what I saw from the Mets on Monday. It wasn’t a team struck by a statistical anomaly. It wasn’t a team that was simply shutdown and got smoked on the other end of it, either.
It was a team that just looked unprepared to play the Brewers in their home opener.
They were totally blah.
They looked tired, they were obviously slow to the tick, evident by their four pitch clock violations, the offense was pretty uncompetitive (they can say they were shutdown but they had three singles sandwiched in between six walks, an 0-for-5 showing with RISP, and nine runners left on-base) and aside from Luis Guillorme who closed this one out on the mound for the Mets, got lackluster pitching top to bottom.
Fine, I’ll except Dennis Santana from that who worked around two walks in the eighth inning.
That’s what bothers me about yesterday. I don’t expect the Mets to come back and win when they’re down 10-0 in the fourth inning of a game, just like I expect them to cruise when they’re up 10-0 in the fourth inning of a game. But I do expect them to compete and and not compound one mental mistake with another because it’s those kinds of things that can spill over to future games, those which are closer and in that third of the season which can define who they are as a club.
And in this day and age, managing the pitch clock - on both sides of the ball - is a part of the game and a part of playing what is now the modern game right, properly and strategically whether Max Scherzer or whoever else in that room likes it or not. I get there are issues with the system, I don’t love everything about the pitch clock either, and I get this is new and this is a re-training process for literally every single major league player who wasn’t in the minor leagues in 2022.
But it’s not rocket science either. It’s merely about being prepared.
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