The Mets lost a tough one in Cincy as the Reds hit 3 long balls off the Mets while Wade Miley of the Reds struck out a season high eight hitters allowing two runs over 6.1 innings of work.
In a week where injuries keep hitting the Mets at a frenetic pace they were forced to put Jose Peraza on The IL with a fractured finger he suffered during Monday Night’s game versus the Reds. And Robert Stock was forced to leave the game after only one inning of work with a hamstring injury putting their overworked bullpen in yet another game in which they would need a bunch of innings from the relief corps.
And to the Mets credit they fought hard in this one as they cut the lead to 3-2 and then at 4-3 but just could not execute the miracle finish we had seen in their last 2 games. And as starting pitchers continue to go down they face a daily exercise of figuring out what arms are available to get them through a game.
On this night they were forced to get innings from Stephen Nogosek who gave up 2 solo homers and honestly he kept the game close but the Mets ran out of miracles as they simply could not get a clutch hit with the tying runner on base in both the eighth and ninth innings. Pete Alonso did hit a homer in the first inning for the second consecutive night while a Joey Votto error and a Luis Guillorme RBI double plated the other 2 Met runs but they fell a bit short in this one.
Early in the season, the Mets offense took serious injury hits day after day but as we head into Mid-July it seems it is the pitchers turn to hit the injured list. The Mets will try to get a series win in a matinee contest on Wednesday sending Marcus Stroman to the mound who simply must go deep into the game to give the bullpen some much needed rest.
After a day off on Thursday the Mets will open an 11 game homestand with 3 against the high octane offense of the Jays followed by a 5 game series with the Braves and then 3 with these Reds. That 5 game series with the Braves will be a big series for the visiting Braves as they keep inching closer to the Mets and Phils whom they will face in 9 straight games starting on Thursday-4 with the Phils and those 5 with the Mets.
The Mets have to get their rotation in order and who knows as the trading deadline will be here during the end of that homestand when the Mets get a rematch encounter with these Reds at CitiField. By then, they might have obtained a new starting pitcher to join the rotation. And that would certainly help a team that keeps sending hurlers to the injured list on a daily basis.