Final Score: Reds 3, Mets 0
Player of the Game: Chris Young- 5.2 IP, 8 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 105 pitches (65 strikes)
- Chris Young wasn’t particularly great. Sure, he kept the Reds scoreless, but they were so close to breaking the game open. He had trouble every inning. Despite allowing at least one baserunner in every inning, he didn’t allow the Reds to score.
- The same was true (although to a lesser degree) for the Mets against Mat Latos and the Cincinnati bullpen. They loaded the bases in the sixth and seventh innings, but still couldn’t come up with a single run. This is the third time in six games the Mets have been shut out.
- Manny Acosta was allowed to pitch in a tie game. This was a horrible decision. How about Frank Francisco in that spot? How about even throwing out Jon Rauch for a second inning? He only threw 12 pitches in the eighth. Yes, he did pitch on back-to-back days Saturday and Sunday, but only threw a total of 16 pitches in those two outings. Anything is better than Manny Acosta.
- Also, Josh Edgin made a terrible pitch to Jay Bruce:I mean, this was the guy Edgin was warming up that whole time to face! I still like Edgin and think he has a bright future, but that was bad execution against Bruce.
- The double play at the end of the eighth was one that could’ve been avoided. I can understand the hit and run in that situation with a contact hitter in Daniel Murphy up, but with the Reds bullpen pitching the way they have lately, that could’ve been the last chance the Mets had to make something happen. If Daniel Murphy strikes out and David Wright doesn’t run, you still have Jordany Valdespin, who we know has some power, up next. Then you have a high on-base percentage guy in Andres Torres after that. It was just an uneccessary risk in that situation.
- While this loss is disappointing, it really was inevitable. The Mets needed to score early because the Reds have the best bullpen in baseball and the Mets have the worst. Manny Acosta and Josh Edgin aren’t going to compete Sean Marshall and Aroldis Chapman. Even without Chapman (he didn’t pitch tonight) the Reds’ bullpen is still formidable.