Steven Matz allowed five runs in the first two innings and the Mets dropped their third straight game, 6-4, to the Rockies on Thursday afternoon at Coors Field.
Things you should know about today's game...
1.) Matz allowed a three-run homer to Nolan Arenado in the first inning and a two-run double to the three-time All-Star in the second before settling. The southpaw blanked the Rockies over his final four frames and was ultimately charged with five runs on eight hits. Matz walked two and struck out eight while tossing 97 pitches (67 strikes) in 5 2/3 innings.
2.) Todd Frazier hit a solo homer in the first and Brandon Nimmo had an RBI single in the third. Wilmer Flores hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth after New York put runners at the corners with nobody out, but Devin Mesoraco grounded into the club's record-tying fifth double play of the afternoon. Jose Reyes had a run-scoring groundout following Kevin Plawecki's leadoff triple in the ninth, the first of his career. Michael Conforto, Dom Smith, Plawecki and Frazier collected two hits each.
3.) Tim Peterson fanned two of the four batters he faced after entering the game with two outs in the sixth. He has 1.17 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and nine strikeouts in the first 7 2/3 innings of his Major League career.
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At this point of the season, the Mets appear to be a listless ship that moves to the whims of the tide that carries them. The waters have been choppy for the most part, but occasionally a brief period of calm enables the club to win a few games like they did earlier this week. Otherwise, it's been more of the same for the better part of two months.
Matz became the latest victim of Nolan Arenado, and there's certainly no shame in that. The odds of a one-run lead in the first inning at Coors Field holding up is about as rare as consecutive no-hitters, but it was clear that Matz was off early on. He put the first five Rockies on base and was lucky to have allowed just the three-run homer in the first. Of course, Arenado struck again in the second to put New York in a 5-1 hole. That certainly isn't much of a deficit at Coors Field, but the Mets shot themselves in the foot time after time … five times to be exact. That was the number of double plays they grounded into, which tied a club record.
New York wrapped up their 10-game road trip with three wins - all in succession from Sunday-Tuesday - and head home where they have been dreadful since the first week of the season. As we hit the final week of June and the official start of summer, the Mets find themselves 10 games under .500 thanks to a 14-32 stretch since May 1 which has them 11.5 games out of first place in the N.L. East and 7.5 games out in the Wild Card race.
News and notes...
The Mets went 3-7 and dropped the last three games of their 10-game road trip. They have lost 20 of their last 25 games and have a Major League-worst 14-32 (.304) record since May 1.
New York finished 1-6 against the Rockies this season and fell to 5-15 against them since the start of 2016. They are 2-8 at Coors Field in that span.
The Mets' streak of scoring five or more runs ended at five straight games. They pushed across eight or more runs (28 total) across in each of the first three games of the series for the first time since May 3-6, 2017.
Matz entered Thursday with a 1.55 ERA in six road starts this season. He had surrendered three or fewer earned runs in eight consecutive outings away from Citi Field dating back to last Aug. 1.
Amed Rosario extended his hitting streak to a career-high seven games with a single in the third.
The Mets (31-41) return to Citi Field for a six-game homestand that begins against the Dodgers (38-35) on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. on SNY.
Zack Wheeler (4.82 ERA/3.80 FIP, 72 K, 1.393 WHIP) hopes the 10th time is the charm as he looks for his first victory since April 29. The right-hander surrendered two runs and three hits over six innings of a no-decision against the Diamondbacks last Sunday, a game the Mets rallied to win in the ninth. Wheeler was ripped for seven runs and eight hits in two innings during his only career start against the Dodgers last season.
Alex Wood (4.22 ERA/3.30 FIP, 68 Ks, 1.179 WHIP) opens the three-game set for the Dodgers coming off a victory against the Giants last Saturday. The southpaw surrendered one run over 5 2/3 innings to win for the second time in 14 starts. Wood is winless with a 3.94 ERA in eight career starts against the Mets. He has not faced New York since 2016.