Things you should know about today's game...
1) Rafael Montero came into the game in the 11th inning and gave up a walk-off homer to Chris Herrmann on a 3-2 pitch. It was the first and only batter Montero faced.
2) Starter Matt Harvey battled through 5 1/3 innings on Wednesday, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out five. He allowed his 11th home run of the season to Jake Lamb in the third inning.
3) Michael Conforto started the game with a two-run opposite-field homer in the opening frame off Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin. Juan Lagares added a solo home run in the fourth.
4) With the Mets up 4-3 in the seventh, Robert came in relief and surrendered an RBI double to Yasmany Tomas, which tied up the game. The right-hander now has a 7.12 ERA this season.
Post-game reaction from Matt Citak...
What a fitting end to a road trip from hell. In a game they were desperate to win, the Mets simply could not get it done as they dropped their seventh consecutive contest and fell seven games below .500. Somehow, even with all that has gone on already this season, the Mets are finding new and brutal ways to break our hearts on a daily basis.
In his career, Matt Harvey has never allowed more than 18 home runs in a single season. Yet through 45.1 innings this year, Matt has already given up 11 long balls, including the two-run home run to Jake Lamb today. Considering he has been charged with at least five runs in each of his last three outings, today was definitely a step in the right direction, albeit a rather small step.
Harvey is still struggling mightily with his control, walking another four batters against the Diamondbacks. Including today's game, Matt has walked a whopping 17 hitters over his last four starts, spanning just 20.0 innings. While that stat is certainly worrisome, even more concerning is Matt's inability to finish off batters. He had numerous at-bats today where he was up 0-2 or 1-2 in the count, yet the hitters fought back and found a way to get on base.
The only pitcher struggling more than Harvey right now is Gsellman, whose earned run in the seventh inning caused the Mets their late lead. After throwing a scoreless inning in relief on Opening Day, Gsellman has allowed at least one run to score in every appearance since. In just 36.2 innings on the year, Robert has given up 29 runs, earning himself a 7.12 ERA. I know his next turn in the rotation is being skipped, but how many more chances will Gsellman get before Sandy decides enough is enough? Hopefully Steven Matz and Seth Lugo will return to the team soon, thus giving Gsellman the opportunity to right himself in the minors.
Highlights from today's game...
News and notes...
Despite holding a lead in five of six games, the Mets went 0-6 on the road trip. It was the team's first winless road trip with at least six games since September 1999.
Conforto's first-inning blast was good for his 10th of the season. For 2016, Conforto had 12 home runs all year. The outfielder now has 26 RBIs and 17 extra-base hits.
Jerry Blevins pitched in his major league-leading 24th game, throwing a perfect eighth inning. With the scoreless frame, Blevins lowered his season ERA to 1.88.
Wilmer Flores added three more hits against left-handed pitching and is now 9-for-22 against lefties this season. Last year, Flores hit .340 against lefties.
Addison Reed threw two scoreless innings on 25 pitches.
What they said after the game...
Terry Collins on the losing streak: "It's very easy to unravel here. I will not let that happen.We are not going to do that. ... I will not let this team back down. ... We're going to turn this around."
The Mets (16-23) have Thursday off and will return to action on Friday when they host Mike Trout and the Angels (21-21) at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m.
RHP Jacob deGrom (2-1, 4.07 ERA) will look to get back on track as he gets the start for New York. While he's 1-0 for the month, deGrom carries a 6.35 ERA in five starts and has walked nine hitters in 17 innings. In his one win this month against the Braves, the right-hander allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings.
For the Angels, RHP Ricky Nolasco (2-2, 4.34 ERA) will get the ball. In three starts over the month, Nolasco has yet to pick up a win and has a 4.67 ERA in 17 1/3 innings. The former Marlin has plenty of history against the Mets, carrying a 6-8 record and 5.03 ERA in 26 career appearances (24 starts).