A Lot To Unpack -May 8, 2018-

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There was a game played last night.

Jason Vargas and Hansel Robles pitched in it though, so I’m sure you know how it turned out.

The Mets made some transactions prior to the game that became the story.

First and foremost, the Mets found a trade partner for Matt Harvey. The man who was once known as “The Dark Knight” will be sent to Cincinnati for catcher Devin Mesoraco.

Mesoraco broke out for the Reds in 2014, eliciting comparisons to Cincinnati royalty, Johnny Bench. He was then bit by the injury bug, and has only had 200 at-bats over the next 3 seasons.

I’m not over the moon about it, but if healthy, he’s better than Lobatòn and Nido. And really, what can you expect in return for Matt Harvey in 2018?

Next, the Mets placed Todd Frazier on the 10 day disabled list with a hamstring strain. Due to the fact the Mets have a few off days coming up, he can in theory, return next weekend.

You’re gonna love this. Mickey Callaway said that Frazier has been dealing with the issue for 3 weeks. Anyone who thought that the Mets were going to handle injuries better this season…Well, that’s adorable.

Slick fielding Luis Guillorme was called up from Triple A Vegas. Please don’t let him rot on the bench! If he is here, play him. Don’t take him out of the routine of playing everyday and trot Jose Reyes out there.


That’s a picture of Tomas Nido telling Jason Vargas that none of his pitches work.

Vargas put us in another early hole, giving up 2 runs in the first inning. He was able to work around a leadoff triple in the 2nd, but gave up another 2 runs in the 4th.

The good news? Jason Vargas lowered his ERA. He’s now sitting at a cool 13.86 on the season.

The Mets got their first hit in the 5th inning. Cincinnati starter, Luis Castillo baffled the Mets all night with his changeup.

They finally struck in the 6th inning. Wilmer Flores hit a solo homerun off the bench, and the Mets were on the board.

Later in the inning with 2 outs, Asdrubal Cabrera hit a single. Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce followed with walks and the Mets had the bases loaded. Adrian Gonzalez was up next and he drew a walk, cutting the lead in half. 4-2.

That brought up the pitcher spot as Mickey Callaway double switched Amed Rosario out of the game earlier. For some reason, he sent Brandon Nimmo up with a lefty pitcher on the mound. Nimmo struck out and the inning was over.

You felt at that point like the Mets could get to the Cincinnati bullpen and grab a win. AJ Ramos came in to pitch the bottom of the 6th. He worked around two singles to keep the lead at 4-2.

Ramos came back out for the bottom of the 7th, and gave up a leadoff double. Blevins replaced him and got Joey Votto to fly out. Then, for the second time in 72 hours, Callaway brought in Hansel Robles. Yup. Late in the game. High leverage situation. “Give me Robles!”

Base hit. Home run. 7-2. Game over.

How much longer do we do this? When does this experiment end?

Robles then had some sort of injury. Maybe he got it after pointing to the sky. That forced Paul Sewald to pitch another inning, after pitching multiple innings the night before.

Blevins has been a lot better lately. That’s a good sign.

Yoenis Cespedes is hurt. It’s plain to see any time there’s a ball hit in the gap. This isn’t going to end well.

The Mets will send Zack Wheeler to the mound in the series finale.