It happened to me again today. A Yankees fan asked me why I wasn’t ecstatic to be a Mets fan when my team was in first place. Uh… maybe because there’s more talent on the injured list than on the field and the team just dropped two of three in Miami before coming home and getting shut down by something called Austin Gomber in a 3-2 loss to the Rockies.
To be fair, Gomber was coming off of back-to-back solid starts against San Diego, but it was still a tough look for the Mets to drop one to the Rockies since they came in with a 2-17 road record and an offense that didn’t perform away from Coors Field. David Peterson was serving up the home run ball, though. Ryan McMahon and Elias Diaz both hit solo home runs in the second inning. In the fourth, Garrett Hampson tripled off the wall in center field to drive in the last run Colorado would need.
Mets center fielder Johneshwy Fargas crashed into the outfield wall and injured his shoulder on that play, leading to the despondent reaction from Francisco Lindor. It’s another injury for a Mets team whose fans are still coping with see Cameron Maybin in the lineup every day.
The good news is that James McCann played first base and batted third while actually looking like a first baseman who bats third. He made a great play in the field and hit a home run to put New York on the board in the seventh.
The Mets had a chance to rally in the ninth when Brandon Drury hit a second home run off of Gomber and Patrick Mazeika followed up with a single, but Carlos Estevez came in and retired the next three batters to earn the save for Colorado. Drury was pinch-hitting for Khalil Lee, who came into the game when Fargas left, but he simply can’t hit big league pitching. Drury is starting in right field and batting third tonight in a game the Mets must win to stay above the .500 mark.
Boosting their chances is the return of Jacob deGrom from the injured list. We know that deGrom is ready to go thanks to his rehab start against the Palm Beach Cardinals going viral last week.
At least there’s no pressure for the Mets to give deGrom run support since they don’t give anyone run support these days. Instead, the pressure will all be on deGrom to shut down a Rockies lineup that doesn’t perform on the road and put a stop to New York’s three-game losing streak. Now that he’s healthy, deGrom is the one guy the Mets can count on.