Some Realizations

Time to reflect.

The Mets split their 4 games with the Red Sox this week, winning both games in Fenway and losing both contests in Citi Field.

The Amazin’s dropped the finale last night, 4-2.

Let’s talk about some things we learned about last night and in general, regarding the state of this team.

  • We may need to add Christian Vazquez to the list of Met Killers. Boston’s catcher hit three home runs in this series, including two last night.
  • Steven Matz looked good again, aside from the long balls to the aforementioned Vazquez. He is pitching with purpose. I loved seeing Matz go right after Vazquez after the two home runs.
  • We are still an awful defensive team.
  • It’s time to make Brandon Nimmo the leadoff hitter for good.
  • Dominic Smith needs at bats.
  • Drew Smith. Five up five down last night. Could we have something here? He has not allowed a run this season.
  •  Familia looked great again, striking out two batters in a perfect eighth inning.
  • This team cannot buy a big hit. Rough couple nights for someone who defends Michael Conforto as aggressively as I do. 3-23 with runners in scoring position the last two nights. 20 runners left on base.
  • The Jed Lowrie signing gets more embarrassing by the day.
  • Jeff McNeil has 4 errors already this year. But my God, do I love watching him hit.
  • Stop picking and choosing when to use statistics and analytics. Don’t fire up the computers to give us a Brian Dozier start and then turn them off once the game starts.

And then we have this guy.

Edwin Díaz. He didn’t even know where the ball was going last night.

Imagine making a franchise altering trade for a closer and needing Paul Sewald to come in the game to bail out said closer.

Imagine making a franchise altering trade for a closer, only to have him put Jose Peraza on base after 10 pitches.

The Mets, according to Luis Rojas, will have internal discussions regarding Diaz going forward.

They better figure something out.

Edwin Diaz in 9th inning with Mets:

44.2 IP
7.25 ERA
16 HR allowed
79 baserunners allowed
.978 OPS allowed
8 blown saves

Mets are now 3-4 on the season and travel to Atlanta today. Porcello on the mound. Say a prayer.