The Mets aren’t taking place with out a battle, however that alone wasn’t sufficient on Tuesday night time.
After quickly staving off defeat with Javier Baez’s game-tying dwelling run within the backside of the ninth, the Mets nonetheless suffered a crushing loss in 11 innings, falling to the Cardinals 7-6 at Citi Area.
Jake Reed, who was activated off the injured listing earlier within the day, gave up three runs on three singles within the prime of the Eleventh after the Mets had already used up Aaron Loup, Jeurys Familia, Trevor Could, Edwin Diaz and Heath Hembree to cowl 4 innings of aid — with Seth Lugo unavailable due to his current workload.
Pete Alonso drilled an RBI double within the backside of the Eleventh to make it 7-5 earlier than the Cardinals deliberately walked Baez. After Jeff McNeil grounded right into a fielder’s alternative, Kevin Pillar reached on an error that scored Alonso to get the Mets inside one run.
However pinch-hitter Albert Almora Jr. grounded out to finish it because the Mets (72-74) dropped their second straight sport with their playoff hopes taking one other hit — now 4 video games again of the Cardinals (75-69) for the second NL wild card with 16 video games left.
“Fairly pissed off,” mentioned Marcus Stroman, who gave up two runs over six innings however was eliminated after 89 pitches. “Clearly we work extraordinarily laborious and our aim is to make the playoffs and go deeper. Positively not completely satisfied in any respect.”
The Mets had a main probability to win it within the backside of the tenth after placing runners on the corners with one out. However Alex Reyes acquired Francisco Lindor to floor right into a double play — completely executed by Paul Goldschmidt, who fielded the ball, stepped on first and threw dwelling to Yadier Molina, who gunned out Pillar in a rundown to flee the jam.
Stroman’s early exit was one among a number of pitching choices that left supervisor Luis Rojas to be second guessed. Rojas didn’t push Stroman into the seventh, citing his heavy workload this season — he began his league-leading thirty first sport Tuesday and climbed to 169 innings after not pitching final yr.
“He couldn’t come again out,” Rojas mentioned. “Stroman tonight, he was fatigued for all of the innings that he’s [been] used.”
Loup wanted simply seven pitches to retire the underside of the Cardinals order within the seventh. However Rojas went to Familia for the eighth — entrusting him with a one-run result in begin the eighth inning for the primary time all season — liking the way in which his sinker matched up in opposition to the highest of the order. As a substitute Familia walked Goldschmidt earlier than serving up a two-run homer to Tyler O’Neill on a sinker that turned a 3-2 Mets lead right into a 4-3 Cardinals benefit.
“At this level within the season, we’d love for everybody to depart their arm on the market — that will be, for me, perfect — however generally it’s simply not actual,” Rojas mentioned. “I can’t ask any extra of the fellows. Proper now it will be unfair. I can’t put them in a state of affairs the place it will compromise the rest — their stuff, their well being.”
Baez had labored his magic within the backside of the ninth, main off with a solo dwelling run that tied the sport 4-4 and had the gang of 21,825 chanting his title, which he answered with a curtain name. It was the Mets’ first hit of the sport since Baez’s bunt single within the first inning.
The Mets’ missed alternatives offensively have been additionally accountable for the loss. Michael Conforto put them forward 3-2 within the fifth with a sacrifice fly after three walks loaded the bases, however they couldn’t add on as Pete Alonso struck out (slumping to 0-for-19, which turned 0-for-20 earlier than his Eleventh-inning double) and broke his bat over his knee.
“We felt we have been going to go dwelling with a walk-off [in the 10th],” Rojas mentioned, “however not the case.”