Mets @ Dodgers Series Review
Splitting a series with arguably the most talented roster in all of baseball is good for the Mets. This is going to be a tough month, and if we can come out of this stretch v some of the best teams at .500 or even slightly above, that should be seen as a win for the Mets, especially because we’re missing three of our top starters. Let’s take a deeper look at how this series truly was for the Mets, and look at the upcoming series against the Padres.
Game 1: 2-0 Loss
This one was rough. Gonsolin pitched a gem allowing only 3 baserunners over 6 scoreless, and the bullpen pitched 3 scoreless to follow leaving the Mets looking overwhelmed. The hitting really wasn’t there in game 1. Taijuan pitched a good game allowing 2 over 5 2/3 IP, and Holderman continued to prove why he’s the next Mariano Rivera. (Just kidding – Or am I…)
Game 2: 6-1 Loss
Just like Gonsolin the day before, Tyler Anderson (who’s putting up a really nice season so far), shut the Mets down with 6 scoreless with only 3 baserunners. Despite Pete Alonso’s home run it was again a quieter day at the plate for the Mets. The issue I’m having is back two back games with an error, this one allowing an extra run off Bassitt. Bassitt was okay, he’s still looked a little off since his amazing start to the season but striking out 8 was hopefully a promising sign.
Game 3: 9-4 Win
The Mets hit FOUR HOME RUNS!!! Of course 2 from the Polar Bear was amazing, but Escobar had a good series two and it was nice to see him and Lindor go yard as well. Buehler couldn’t get out of the third and the Dodgers used 7 pitchers, but… so did the Mets. Peterson only had 1 earned and 6 strikeouts but the 3 extra unearned runs from yet another error led to 90 pitches over 3 2/3. The Bullpen allowed only 4 hits over 5 1/3 innings which is a good sign, though.
Game 4: 5-4 Win (10 innings)
This was a wild one for the Mets, but JD doubling in extras was so great to see (He had a solid series himself). Urias was a little erratic, and both teams took advantage of a tired bullpen. Williams pitched his longest outing of the year and looked really good besides a 2 run homer from Trea Turner in the 1st. It may have been a nail biter but it was a big win for the Mets.
The Mets were coming off a sweep and the Dodgers were coming off being swept so it was fair for some Mets fans to think they would keep rolling without problem. But, the Dodgers are a really good team, and although they didn’t play amazing baseball every game, they proved they could hold their own against a really good team.
Starting tomorrow the Mets start a 3 game set in San Diego. Carrasco, Taijuan, and Bassitt are set to pitch, Carrasco coming off a great outing, and Taijuan and Bassitt coming off of solid outings in their own respect. The Mets avoid facing the red hot arms of Joe Musgrove and Mackenzie Gore, which is clutch, but still have to face Blake Snell, Yu Darvish, and Sean Manaea. Snell has gotten better with each start since coming back from injury and looks to take advantage of the Mets who have been on and off against lefties. Darvish and Manaea have been off and on all season, so we shall see how the Mets fair against another very solid team.