The Mets ran smack into an Orioles team that had no business doing what they did, so the Mets need to shake off the dust and move on.
What are the Mets supposed to do when Pete Alonso cracks his eighth home run of the season in the first inning to score Francisco Lindor ahead of him, only to watch as David Peterson took the hill to surrender eight hits and four runs before he was mercifully removed from the game (again) by Mets manager Luis Rojas?
Suck it up and move on? – you would hope so. But then you might not think that Robert Gsellman would come in to add to the damage by surrendering four runs to give the Orioles an 8-2 lead in the fourth inning…but it happened.
The Orioles are the same team that recently lost fourteen straight games, but since then, they have seen an offense renaissance that, despite pitching that still manages to fumble games away, puts them in a position to have a game here and there like they had against the Mets last night.
The Mets, who are on the tail end of a road trip, were looking forward to this brief two-game soft spot on their schedule before boarding the train that will take them back to New York for a weekend series with the San Diego Padres, saw their lead in the NL East Standings drop to 2.5 games as the Braves won their third in a row.
Mets: A Hiccup – Right?
One thing that’s not a hiccup and is becoming an alarming trend is the recent starts made by David Peterson.
Of Peterson’s eleven starts this year, only four have been Quality Starts, defined as six or more innings while allowing no more than three runs.
In his previous start before last night, Peterson lasted only 1/3 of an inning, surrendering five runs against the Diamondbacks in a game the Mets came back to win 7-6.
What hurts the most regarding Peterson’s performance this year, though, is that the Mets have won only four times in his eleven starts, including the game referenced above.
Does David Peterson need a tuneup in Syracuse? Does Jeremy Heffner, the Mets pitching coach, have any ideas about what’s wrong with the Mets’ second-best pitcher last year?
Yes and maybe, respectively, to each question. However, for the Mets, they need an arm to make starts while they wait for Carlos Carrasco to return, and beyond Joey Luchesi, inconsistent in his starts, Peterson remains the best and only option for the Mets.
Tonight’s game against the Orioles will have Taijuan Walker making a start for the Mets.
Walker is on a roll and has won four of his last five decisions, and the Mets have won eight of his ten starts.
It’s silly to say the Mets need a win tonight, but it would definitely be a lift after last night, with an off-day tomorrow, and as a prelude to the series against the Padres when Jacob deGrom opens the series Friday night.
Mets: Injury Update And Sticky Stuff
On the injury front, Anthony DiComo for MLB.com reports that Jeff McNeil is tracking ahead of schedule and will begin a rehab stint in Syracuse this weekend, while Michael Conforto is feeling better every day while nursing his hamstring.
“All I’m focused on is getting back being healthy,” Conforto said from Camden Yards, where he took batting practice on Tuesday alongside his teammates.
With McNeil and Conforto out of the lineup, the Mets have relied heavily on veterans José Peraza and Billy McKinney at second base and in right field, respectively.
McKinney, in particular, has been a bright spot, and it figures he will still be a member of the Mets when Conforto does return.
Lastly, one thing to watch tonight is if the umpires begin to enforce MLB’s directive to randomly search pitcher’s caps, gloves, and person for foreign substances, a measure to combat what is now a full-blown epidemic accusing pitchers of cheating in the wake of their dominance this year.
Here’s What Readers Are Saying…
Emmanuel Katogiritis When it comes to baseball nothing is written on stone …..
Carlos Manzo It’s just the game of baseball. The game before the Orioles scored 18 runs
David Alan Decker-Davis Peterson is not going to cut it
Jeffrey Denecke Jr A: Bad call in bottom 1st by Umps derailed the whole game. B: Peterson sucks.