It was the top of the second innings, the Citi Field scoreboard reported Atlanta 8, Mets 0 and you can at least take solace in the fact that at least the team won’t need Edwin Diaz.
But if the close wasn’t unavailable 24 hours after recording the first six-out save of his career in Thursday’s 6-4 win over the Braves, it looked like he’d be as useless as a hand warmer at Jones Beach. Week.
until the Mets rallied it to 8-5 in the fifth. until the Mets brought a tying run to the plate in sixth. By the time the Mets placed 16 men on base from second to ninth.
Unless you’re caught thinking, well, Seth Lugo might be off.
After all, Lugo was not needed in the 9-6 defeat. No closer needed. But the fact that the Mets kept coming and coming and coming came as no surprise to a group that has all the possibilities straight ahead.
“Our men kept on grinding,” said manager Buck Showalter as the Braves cut their team’s division lead to 3 and a half games. “We were able to get a really good pitcher” [Kyle Wright] Feather [Thursday] And they got a really nice pitcher tonight.”
That would be Taijuan Walker, who was so reliable during the year, having faced only 12 batsmen. Nine reached base reliably, including one on infield error. He conceded eight runs off seven hits, including two home runs and two doubles that allowed the batsman to hit. His ERA increased from 2.79 to 3.45.
“It was not a good day for me,” Walker said. “I don’t want it to happen in such a big series, but it did. I didn’t do my job and the bullpen had to wear it, which I’m not proud of.”
Most of the season’s pleasant recaps lie in the rotation. Indeed, the Mets’ starters recorded a 2.01 ERA since Max Schaezer’s return from the injured list on July 5.
This was preceded by Friday’s misadventure in which Walker became the club’s first starter since David Peterson to last less than five innings – starting Saturday’s day-night doubleheader before Max Schaezer went into Game 2. For – lasted only 3 / in Cincinnati on July 6
But disaster was averted when Trevor Williams took the baton from Walker and was able to carry it through the fifth inning. Meanwhile, the Braves were forced to go to five relief pitchers in a game in which they scored eight runs in the blink of an eye.
In other words, it could have been worse.
The Mets have been in first place for 120 days and have been alone in the division since April 12. 114-48 1998 The Yankees were in first place for 152 days. 108-54 1986 Mets were for the first 170 days. 62 days and 56 games left.
“You’re starting to see the finish line and you see the number of games remaining starts at ‘5’,” said Showalter, whose team heads to Atlanta for four games starting Aug. “When it comes to August and September there are changes and different things I do.”
Like Diaz on Thursday.
These are not Luis Rojas’s Mets of 2020 and 2021 and they are not Mickey Callaway’s Mets of 2018 and 2019. But the truth is, these aren’t even the Showalter’s mates of two weeks ago.
Because the Mets added four players to the deadline, Daniel Vogelbach, Tyler Naquin, Darin Roof and Mychal Givens, activating Jacob deGrom for the first time this season, and then reinstating James McCann to the active roster for the first time ever. one month. Trevor May is back in the pen after three months on IL.
Vogelbach and Naquin have scored two home runs each. Roof, whose full name sounds short for some consonants, brought the team within 8-4 on his Mets debut, repeating a two-run pinch in the fifth inning.
This represents a change of over a quarter of the roster. It’s almost an uproar for the team that entered a season-high 29 games of over .500 on Friday. This lengthens the roster and it gives Showalter more weapons and options. But there is always the possibility that too many moves can spoil the chemistry of the team. Science experiment, yo.
“The schedule dictates every day, you’re trying to put your best foot forward, but also think about doing the things that make you a good, well-rounded team,” Showalter said. “It’s one thing to have something you want to take advantage of but [a player] Too [has] To be able to play enough to be able to give him. ,
The Mets have embraced the change. The Mets are changes. A night on which the starting pitcher explodes will not change.