The Mets Can’t Ruin The Game Against MLB Bottom Feeder

The Mets heard a predominantly foreign voice Tuesday night at Citi Field in 2022. Boos. They weren’t rumbling, but they weren’t even sounded once or twice. It was part of the soundtrack to another disappointing defeat against a very good opponent.

This was supposed to be the easy part of the schedule, the part during which the Mets made a strong end to the first five months of the 2022 campaign by mainly cheering. The part that fans rejoiced in the countdown to the first NL East title since 2015.

Instead, the Mets are faltering, like an exhausted marathoner feeling for a finish line that’s still not a step or two away.

Buck Showalter said, “September is an eternity when you’re trying to finish a good season.”

The Mets manager said Tuesday night he was back in his office after discussing Second straight loss to the Cubs, it was a 4-1, During his postgame press conference. Showalter talked a lot about the near misses and the things that could have happened.

The Mets had the ability to take the lead in the first innings. But Brandon Nimmo was called out after he was struck by what was likely to be a clean Jeff McNeil ground single, and Pete Alonso inches to a two-run homer when he said the wind misfired his launch to the left. Blown to the side – Field foul pole. By the time Alonso hit his 34th homer, it was the ninth inning and the explosion was cosmetic – much like the ninth inning homer that Francisco Lindor drilled in the 5-2 Cubs win last night.

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Pete Alonso throws his bat after being run over by the Cubs.
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Two losses to the Cubs left the Mets in the space of 5–6 games against the Nationals, Pirates, Marlins and Cubs. Chicago is the “best” of those clubs in 22 games under .500. The Mets are still in first place with 19 games remaining, which prompted Alonso to say: “We’ve earned every single bit from where we are. We haven’t been lucky. We’ve been really good all year.” So we’ve earned everything we’ve got and we’ve earned the place we’re in.”

In Alonso’s words, there’s no reason for the Mets to bow their heads, although the lack of offense has had a profound effect on team-wide energy. The Mets still have the NL’s softest schedule until the end of the season, but they will need their offense to find continuation of the damage done in the early months of the season.

This is made difficult by the inability to implement the three supplementary pieces received on the trade deadline. Tyler Nequin, Darrin Roof and Daniel Vogelbach collectively started the game on Tuesday as .212 Mets with .682 OPS. Then Vogelbach fell to 5-for-42 for 0-for-3 without any extra-base hits in his last 16 games. He received as many boons as any mate at a loss as he continued a cycle from the folk hero, in the immediate aftermath of the trade, “to kick him out of the lineup.”

Between Alonso’s near homer in the first inning and his actual homer in the ninth, the Mets were not much of a threat, with the runners in the scoring position managing just three at-bats (without a hit).

Jacob DeGrom made a major league mark with his 39th consecutive start to allow three earned runs or less (he now shares this with Jim Scott, 1913–14). DeGrom scored 10, but was not heavy enough to give away three runs in six innings (a quality start in terms of stat, but not in terms of DeGrom). But if a Mets fan is looking for encouragement this is it: Before the game, pitching coach Jeremy Hefner has deGrom now completed his spring training in the majors and the tethers are off. The Mets believe they can now be handed the ball every fifth day until the end of the season.

Max Scherzer is scheduled to start in Triple-A on Wednesday. Hefner said that if Schazer had not been placed on the injured list with a burn to the left, the veteran right winger looks so good he would have started Wednesday in the Major. Instead, he will be reintroduced into the rotation the next time through. Not only would this put the co-aces together for the stretch, but the experienced five-man rotation would also be completed again, creating a cascade that could benefit the bullpen.

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Brandon Nimmo can’t come up with a catch on Chicago Cubs second baseman David Botte’s solo home run
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David Pietersen will start on Wednesday, but the Mets are prepared to share him with Trevor Williams in the first five or six innings under certain circumstances. If they do, Pietersen will be out of pen against Pittsburgh after Sunday. The Mets never found a dependable lefty reliever despite their season-long need. When they took their team photo on Tuesday afternoon, Jolie Rodriguez and Alex Claudio were the only lefty relievers to pose for the camera.

Hefner said he believed the combination, in particular, the combination of Pietersen’s slider and his sinker that bore on the left, would translate into the bullpen. Showalter and Hefner admitted that they would have to figure out critical conditions to test Peterson and Tyler Magill (five runs in two-thirds of an innings at Triple-A on Tuesday, possibly in their last Penn audition before promotion). , to see what they have in store as the playoff bullpen as the Mets work together to win the NL East.

Showalter acknowledged, “It will be a challenge to try and win the game, which is the most important thing, but there are also some small things to be achieved.”

The big deal, however, is to start taking advantage of the soft schedule by rediscovering the first five months of the season.

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