By Danny Torres
Flushing, NY- If you’re first-year Mets manager Luis Rojas, the mindset is to win every single game in a 60-game season. Obviously, that’s not possible but taking a series away from your NL East nemesis the Atlanta Braves (2-1) truly matters before taking three buses and a 3-hour 10 minutes bus trip to Fenway Park for their first series away from Citi Field.
Painful to watch
For the Mets faithful who watched the entire game, it was a painful 3-hour 20 minutes lopsided matchup.
Once again the Mets (1-2) would drop another game against the Braves and after Saturday’s disappointing 5-3 loss, the Mets’ offense needs some serious adrenaline to live up to their expectations for this abbreviated season that includes the DH throughout the entire National League.
That offensive adrenaline was demonstrated in the Braves lineup within an hour and 32 minutes of Sunday’s nationally televised rubber game.
Not a good first impression
Mets starter Rick Porcello (0-1) lasted only two-plus innings, giving up seven runs, seven hits and three walks in his 56-pitch debut. With the pitching change, Mets righthander Corey Oswalt would give up a monstrous double to add on to a horrendous third inning and put the Braves up 7-1.
Following what he called a «terrible performance» in his Mets debut, an honest and open Rick Porcello says he intends to «make some better memories» going forward. pic.twitter.com/uRkq5oBQy2
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) July 27, 2020
By handing the ball to Oswalt, things continued to go downhill in a not so ‘Amazin’ fashion as the Braves continued to hit double after double (total of seven in the game) including a two-run homer to right field to extend the Braves lead 9-1.
After only three games, if you’re a frustrated Mets fan of the regular season, then you may not want to look at Oswalt’s stat line for this rather frustrating Mets loss that also included back-to-back blasts by the Braves in the sixth inning. The score: Braves ahead 12-1.
MLB or NFL?
Add Paul Seward, another Mets reliever in the seventh inning and once again add another homer where the score is already looking similarly to a pre-season NFL game and the combined Mets pitching in tonight’s game gave up 16 hits.
Along with only six hits throughout the entire game and a ridiculous 16 LOB, Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo’s RBI double in the second inning scored the Mets their only run in the game.
And let’s not forget the NL reigning Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso who is off to an unbelievably slow start. In three games, he’s batting an anemic .091. But once again Met fans who are watching TV and accustomed to hearing over the Citi Field loudspeaker Yoenis Cespedes’s Lion King’s ‘Circle of Life’ are desperately wanting to hear homers fly over the wall in his new role as DH. At the start of this series, the entire Mets lineup is now in a surprising and quite honestly shocking position with literally no offense whatsoever.
Is it too early to push the panic button for this 2020 team?
In a 60-game Major League Baseball season, the old adage of ‘every game counts’ is now officially in full effect for the New York Mets.
By Danny Torres @DannyT21
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