Panic City erupted in disgust as the Mets wasted a superb Harvey Day, dropping the rubber game with the Bronx Bombers in a whopping 11-2 loss.
Starting pitcher Matt Harvey pitched five strong innings of one-hit ball, striking out seven. Errors by Daniel Murphy and David Wright capped a five-run inning in the sixth, only one of which was earned-charged to Hansel Robles. Eric O’Flaherty and Carlos Torres allowed one run each to extend the Yankee lead. As if that wasn’t enough, Tim Stauffer came in to allow a Greg Bird bomb to the opposite field, officially putting the game out of reach.
Juan Uribe, was injured on a play at second base diving for a ground ball. He later left the game, diagnosed with a bruised chest.
The Mets offense consisted of back-to-back doubles from Ruben Tejada and Wright in the first inning. After that, the bat’s went silent save a Daniel Murphy RBI single in the eighth.
Washington won in a blowout victory over Miami today, as the Mets’ lead is now merely six games in the NL East.
Ruben Tejada batting leadoff certainly caught my eye when browsing tonight’s lineup, and I must admit I wasn’t too ecstatic about it. However, giving Granderson a day off against a lefty that he has struggled with his understandable, so, although I was ready to fight, there’s nothing on Terry here-not much of a better option at leadoff besides Lagares. If there is one positive thing to take away from this game, it’s Juan Uribe’s effort shown at second base. An old guy in a game that’s getting away could easily just let those kinds of hits through to right field, but I think what we witnessed tonight was an allusion of the kind of player he is, willing to sacrifice his body in order to save a run.
But let’s be honest. What we also witnessed tonight can barely be considered baseball-whether it be Wright missing a throw, Murphy throwing it away, or Lagares misplaying a ball in the outfield (which has a complete reversal from last year). The team doesn’t seem to be playing with any urgency, as if they have already clinched-which is far from true. With a six game lead now, Terry Collins and the Mets will have to buckle down and get to business in these last two weeks.
The Mets will host the Braves tomorrow night as Jon Niese (8-10, 4.31) will take on Shelby Miller (5-15, 3.00). Miller, sporting a very impressive ERA in his rookie year, has not won a start since May 17 due to lack of run support. Behind Michael Bourn (.400 batting average against Niese the past five years) and Andrelton Simmons (.385), the Braves will aim to stop that streak. Niese and David Wright, Kelly Johnson, Michael Cuddyer (all .500 against Miller this year) and will hope to live up to fans expectations in what seems like a must-win game for the Mets.