Written by Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)
Saturday, May 24th, 2014
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. New York Mets
Post Game Recap
Winning Pitcher: Josh Collmenter (3-2, 3.91 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: Zack Wheeler (1-5, 4.31 ERA)
Save: Addison Reed (13, 4.37 ERA)
After the rain postponed their game Friday night, the Mets and Diamondbacks played through another soaked game Saturday. This time around, Mother Nature did not keep the Mets from losing, as they fell to the D-Backs 3-2. The Mets have no one to blame but themselves in this one, as they squandered multiple chances to get the victory tonight.
Lucas Duda was one player unable to produce today, and he took the blame for the loss after the game. Duda went 0-4 from the plate, striking out once and stranding seven runners on base. Josh Collmenter got him to chase a pitch out of the strike zone for strike three with the bases loaded in the first inning. He then flew out in the third and eighth innings with two men on.
Duda was not the only Met to struggle with men on base this afternoon, as Daniel Murphy grounded into a double play in the seventh inning to end a threat. Chris Young was not any more successful, striking out prior to Duda’s fly out in third inning, and is three for his last 27 at the plate. Wilmer Flores flew out after Duda in the eighth inning to end that threat as well. On the season the Mets have been anemic with men on base, especially with the bases loaded. With runners occupying all three bases, the Mets are 6-42 on the season, good for .143.
The two Mets who were able to do any damage at the plate today were David Wright and Curtis Granderson. Wright registered his third straight mulit-hit game, including his third home run of the season. Granderson went 2-3, knocking in the other Met run in the game.
Zack Wheeler battled on the mound for the Mets, doing just enough to keep them in the game but still receiving the loss. The Diamondbacks did all their damage in the second and third inning, mostly off the bat of Martin Prado. Prado had RBI singles in both innings, knocking in Miguel Montero in the second and Paul Goldschmidt in the third.
Wheeler was able to get through 6.2 innings, his longest outing of the season, but it took him 118 pitches as he labored much of the game. For his final stat line, he surrendered six hits and one walk, resulting in the three runs, only two of which were earned, to go along with seven strikeouts.
Next up for the Mets and Diamondbacks will be a long day as they will play an old fashioned, single admission doubleheader Sunday. In Game 1, Rafael Montero (0-2, 6.97 ERA) will take the mound for the Mets against Bronson Arroyo (4-3, 4.45 ERA) for the Diamondbacks. In Game 2, Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-0, 2.14 ERA) will make the spot start for the Mets after appearing as only a reliever all season. He will be opposed by Zeke Spruill for the Diamondbacks, who will be making his first start in the majors this season.