There was a lot new that was on show for the Mets on Monday night time — a brand new proprietor with a brand new famous person shortstop, a brand new catcher, two new reduction pitchers and a brand new optimism for a brand-new season.
However a well-recognized previous downside emerged late within the sport that turned a doubtlessly uplifting win right into a demoralizing loss, souring the inauguration of the Steven Cohen period.
Jacob deGrom threw fantastically over six sturdy innings and was even a pressure with the bat. For the primary time in 60 years, a Mets pitcher had the staff’s first hit of the season, and he proceeded to go 2 for 3 with an R.B.I. However the Mets bullpen melted down within the eighth inning, and for the thirty first time in deGrom’s profession the staff blew a sport that its ace had positioned on a platter.
The Phillies scored 5 instances within the eighth inning off Trevor Could and Aaron Loup, two relievers added through the Mets busy low season, and Philadelphia shocked the Mets, 5-3, at Residents Financial institution Park in Philadelphia.
It was the primary time the Mets had misplaced on opening day since 2016 and solely their thirteenth opening day loss since 1970. However as soon as once more, deGrom was left answering questions on the way it felt to pitch properly but not get a win.
“I’ve stated it many instances earlier than, the aim is to maintain us within the sport and provides us an opportunity to win,” deGrom stated. “A few unlucky issues occurred there within the eighth.”
Most unlucky was that deGrom was not pitching, though that was in all probability the prudent determination. He was eliminated to guard his well being although he had solely thrown 77 pitches, the final of which hit 100.1 miles per hour.
The Mets had waited 4 days to play their first sport of the season as a result of their initially scheduled opening sequence in Washington was postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak among the many Nationals gamers and employees members. That meant deGrom had not thrown to batters in 10 days, resulting in a priority about overextending, and presumably injuring, one of the best pitcher in baseball on the primary day of the season.
DeGrom stated he agreed with the choice, however solely due to the off circumstances of the delayed begin.
“If it was Thursday and regular relaxation, I don’t assume there was any method I’m popping out of that sport,” he stated.
However it was not the seventh inning that was the issue. Miguel Castro dealt with that one with out permitting a run. To that time the Mets had appeared sharp, getting some glorious protection to go together with one other deGrom mini gem. Francisco Lindor, the Mets’ new shortstop who formally signed his 10-year, $341 million extension earlier within the day, contributed by kicking off a crisp double play within the second inning, and danced off the sector along with his teammates.
However all the things unraveled within the eighth. Could, whom the Mets signed as a free agent after he spent six years with the Minnesota Twins, gave up two singles and a stroll to load the bases and Mets Supervisor Luis Rojas introduced within the left-handed Loup to face Bryce Harper, the Phillies’ left-handed No. 3 hitter.
Loup hit Harper within the leg with a pitch, forcing in a run.
“Hitting the primary batter began all of it and set it off,” stated Loup, who, by rule, needed to keep within the sport to face no less than two extra batters or get a double play. J.T. Realmuto singled to left and Alec Bohm hit a bouncer to Luis Guillorme, who had been inserted for protection at third base
However Guillorme’s try and pressure out the lead runner at dwelling sailed extensive. James McCann, the Mets’ new catcher, stepped early towards Guillorme and was unable to regulate to catch the ball. It tipped off his glove and skipped behind him, permitting two runs to attain. The ultimate run scored on a sacrifice fly by Didi Gregorius.
“There was loads of pleasure main as much as today, and it’s not the way in which you need it to finish,” Could stated. “It was irritating. I can’t think about what it was like to look at it.”
The Mets put collectively a modest rally within the ninth off hard-throwing lefty Jose Alvarado, together with Lindor’s first hit as a Met. With two outs, Kevin Pillar and Lindor singled and Michael Conforto ripped a single to proper, scoring Pillar.
Joe Girardi, the Phillies’ supervisor, opted to go away Alvarado in to face the right-handed Alonso, who tagged a pitch to deep proper discipline. For a second it appeared the Mets would possibly take the lead, however as an alternative it was one other sport deGrom ought to have received that the bullpen — and a few suspect protection — gave away as an alternative.
“Jake shouldn’t should do all the things himself, that’s not what groups are,” Could stated, and added, “You actually need to exit and end what he began, as a result of it’s masterful more often than not.”