Final Recap: Rockies 2 – Mets 1

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The Colorado Rockies (50-52) defeated the New York Mets (53-48) this afternoon by the final score of 2-1. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

http://m.mlb.com/gameday/rockies-vs-mets/2016/07/28/448388?#game=448388,game_state=final,game_tab=box

Game Notes:

  • Jeurys Familia blew his second save in a row and picked up his second loss in a row by allowing two runs in the 9th inning.
  • Jacob deGrom was brilliant on the mound today going 7 shutout innings and allowing only 5 hits, with 1 walk, and 5 strikeouts.
  • Rene Rivera was 3-4 with 2 doubles, and one was an RBI double.
  • Neil Walker was 3-4 with a double.
  • James Loney was 1-4 with a run scored. He also committed a costly error in the top of the 9th to allow a run to score.

Back-to-back heartbreaking losses for the Mets in less than 24 hours. The Mets took a 1-0 lead into the ninth inning, but Jeurys Familia was unable to close the door as he allowed two runs, before being lifted for Hansel Robles with the bases loaded and one out. Originally Manager Terry Collins said Familia would be unavailable today after pitching two days in a row, but Familia must have changed his mind because he let Familia pitch this afternoon. While the result isn’t all on Familia, as a misjudged ball by Rene Rivera that appeared to be going foul but ultimately stayed fair, and a fielding error by James Loney helped the Rockies put two runs on the board.

You have to think Familia will be given a day or two off to help clear his head and get out of this funk. He also has thrown 69 pitches over his last three appearances since late Tuesday night, so there has to be some sort of fatigue setting in, which is another perfect opportunity to give him a few days off. Familia was on a historic run, and while he has come back down to Earth the last couple of days, the Mets are going to need him to be at his absolute best down the stretch if they want any shot of the postseason. 

It’s getting redundant with the Mets offense day in and day out. The Mets had multiple opportunities to add to their lead this afternoon and they simply failed to do so. The Mets were 1-9 with runners in scoring position, and blew a no-out bases loaded opportunity in the bottom of the seventh. It’s becoming increasingly frustrating to watch, as the Mets have no problems putting men on base, but are historically becoming one of the worst teams ever when it comes to driving in runners on base. The Mets are hitting a paltry .206 with runners in scoring position this season.

Right now I’m not sure how their offensive woes can be fixed as it is a plague throughout the Mets lineup. The Mets certainly have the offensive talent to be a league average offense, if not better. But for whatever reason this season the offense just hasn’t shown up. The Mets postseason chances look slim when you watch the offense consistently underperform, but I’m trying to keep holding out hope that they will figure it out sooner rather than later. 

The Mets who were 7-0 against the Rockies last season, are now 0-4 against them so far this season. Ouch. 

  • The Mets and Rockies will do battle tomorrow night in the second game of their series with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 pm et. You can catch tomorrow night’s game on SNY.
  • Steven Matz (8-6, 3.36 ERA) will toe the rubber against Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood (9-6, 3.65 ERA)

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