By Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)
Monday, May 20th, 2014
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Mets
Post Game Recap
The Mets stretch of 20 games in 20 days did not get off to a good start, as the Dodgers handed them a 9-4 loss Monday night. The Mets have struggled at home all season, sitting now with a 9-13 record at Citi Field, and 19-23 on the season. This is the lowest the Mets have been below .500 all season. The Mets now sit in last place of the NL East with the Philadelphia Phillies getting a victory tonight.
In his second career start, Rafael Montero failed to get through five innings. He was holding his own against a loaded Dodgers lineup, but the fifth inning gave him problems. Montero walked Yasiel Puig to start the fifth, but was able to get Hanley Ramirez to pop right after. He was unable to get another out in the game, as Adrian Gonzalez took him deep after the Ramirez pop out.
That was followed up with a deep Matt Kemp double then Carl Crawford single to give the Dodgers a 4-1 lead. Montero was lifted after that, finishing with 4.1 innings pitched and five earned runs on seven runs, four walks and four strikeouts. The fifth run was charged to him when Juan Uribe singled off Jeurys Familia.
The Mets offense had their chances tonight, which will be touched on later, but the bullpen did not help much at all. Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless ball, but Carlos Torres, Jose Valverde and Josh Edgin all struggled. Scott Rice, for the fourth time this season, allowed a base runner without recording an out.
A pretty useless stat, but something that should be noted, is that this is the sixth consecutive game the Mets allowed a base hit to an opposing pitcher. That has to hurt with how much the Mets pitchers have struggled at the plate, especially because tonight Josh Beckett’s hit produced a run in the second inning.
Speaking of Beckett, the Mets gave themselves their best chance at a comeback in the sixth inning when they put Beckett on the ropes. Curtis Granderson led it off with a solo home run, one of three hits he registered in the game. Chris Young followed with a double, and he was knocked in on two-run homer by Lucas Duda. Beckett then walked Wilmer Flores, and was pulled right after that.
Unfortunately for the Mets, that was the end of their rally, and their scoring for the night. J.P. Howell came in and settled things down, retiring Juan Centeno, Ruben Tejada and Eric Young Jr. in order.
The Mets threatened in the seventh inning, loading the bases with one out, but were unable to produce any runs as Duda popped out and Flores grounded out.
The Mets had a similar situation in the fifth inning, as the loaded the bases against Beckett with one out but were unable to get any runs across as Daniel Murphy struck out and David Wright grounded out. Murphy and Wright combined to go 1-10 at the plate, with Murphy striking out three times.
The Mets will look to bounce back Wednesday night as Jacob deGrom (0-1, 1.29 ERA) will make his second career start against Dodgers’ lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-2, 3.00 ERA).