Last night the New York Mets fell victim to the Clayton Kershaw Express as he blanked the Mets in a complete game shutout while only allowing three hits and striking out 13. Asdrubal Cabrera who seems to have a hit in every game this season, had two of the Mets three hits last night. Kershaw had thrown a three hit shutout against the Mets on July 23rd of last season, which shows the struggles the Mets have had facing Kershaw during the regular season. The Mets bats will have the perfect antidote to get over last night’s ball game as they head to a hitter’s heaven in Coors Field for three games this weekend.
Bartolo Colon was jumped on early last night as he had given up four runs in the first inning. The biggest blow came off the bat of catcher Yasmani Grandal as he slugged a three run home run off of Colon. Chase Utley later tacked on a solo home run of his own in the bottom of the second inning, which made the game 5-0, and pretty much put it out of reach, especially with Kershaw on the mound. Kershaw improved to 81-0 when receiving four or more runs of run support.The Dodgers are overall 90-6 when Kershaw receives that much run support, but Kershaw has never been tagged with a loss.It was a tough mountain to climb from that point as Colon had to be almost perfect. Colon finished the game with five innings pitched, allowing five runs, on seven hits, and striking out three. Look for Colon to rebound in his next start which is a big one against the Washington Nationals.
Sean Gilmartin came on in relief of Colon and pitched admirably as he logged 3 innings of scoreless baseball only allowing one hit. Gilmartin and Logan Verrett are two underrated pieces of the Mets bullpen due to their versatility and would be a welcome addition to twenty nine other teams bullpens. Heck, they could probably pitch in twenty nine other teams rotations with how solid they have been over the past two seasons.
Mets lefty Steven Matz long tossed prior to last night’s game and reported no apparent issues with his left elbow/forearm. The Mets still plan to have him checked out on Monday when they return to New York however to rule out any further injury. As of right now Matz is expected to just miss his scheduled start Saturday as a precaution to avoid further injury.
Chase Utley also went 3-4 in last night’s ball game which included a solo home run. The Mets chose not to retaliate against Utley at all in Los Angeles, and it is fair to wonder if they will retaliate when the Dodgers visit Citi Field later this month? Stay tuned Mets fans as there is still one more chapter to complete and it will occur on the Mets home turf next.