Jacob deGrom was hit hard again -- allowing five runs on 12 hits in 4 2/3 innings -- as the Mets lost to the Cardinals, 8-1, on Wednesday night in St. Louis to fall 4.5 games behind the second Wild Card spot.
The Mets entered last night's game having won three in a row, with momentum, and Jacob deGrom on the mound. To lose, it hurt. It felt like running in to a wall. Tonight is a big deal. There is a major difference between being six back with 36 games to play, as opposed to four.
As I said before the series started, it's not impossible to out run St. Louis, and the Pirates and Marlins, if the Mets take just one or two games in this series against the Cardinals. But, no team in baseball has had a stretch this season like the Mets would need over the final month of the season. So, it will be very, very difficult. The fact is, 22 of those final 36 games are against the Twins, Reds, Braves and Phillies, all of whom are having poor seasons. But, why make life any more difficult than it already is for this team? Win tonight.
Also Wednesday, Yoenis Cespedes said he intends to remain with the Mets but hasn't made a decision regarding his opt-out >> Read more
Jay Bruce left Wednesday's game in the second inning due to a cramp in his right calf >> Read more
Jonathon Niese will undergo meniscus surgery on his knee, while Robert Gsellman takes Niese's spot in the starting rotation >> Read more
The Mets are no longer seeking to trade for bullpen help >> Read more
What's on Tap for Thursday, Aug. 25
The Mets (63-63) wrap up their pivotal three-game series against the Cardinals (67-58) at Busch Stadium on Thursday at 7:15 p.m. ET on SNY.
Seth Lugo (3.04 ERA, 1.01 WHIP) starts for the Mets, opposed by Adam Wainwright (4.71 ERA, 1.36 WHIP) for St. Louis.
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