Mets Lose Second Straight As Collins Gets Tossed

Published on: 1st June, 2017

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Like Al Pacino’s character,  Michael Corleone, said in the fourth version of The Godfather, “Every time I try to get out, it pulls me right back in, again.” Corleone was referring to the world of crime, but the way the Mets offense performed against someone named Chase Anderson, the starting pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers today, Terry Collins may have felt a little like Corleone. 

Collins, the Mets manager, has had to deal with his team’s season-long performance roller coaster.  Every time he sees them playing well, as they did last week while winning three straight games, Collins gets excited and looks forward to when every player is healthy and contributing. But, then, they revert back to the bad Mets, without warning, and Collins takes on a “whoa is us” personna, especially after losses.

They have now followed three straight wins against the Pirates with two losses in a row. Bad losses in which the pitching wasn’t there one day, the fielding disappeared another, and the bats shut down. Again.

Today, the great Chase Anderson dominated the Mets lineup. Who is Chase Anderson?  Well, he’s not Sandy Koufax, for sure, but the Mets made him look like Koufax out there on the Citi Field mound, this afternoon.

Anderson, who took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning against the Diamondbacks in his previous start, limited the Mets to three hits in seven scoreless innings. The Mets finally got on the scoreboard the first pitch after Anderson departed, when Wilmer Flores greeted righty reliever Jacob Barnes with a solo homer.

The Mets, now addled with a 23-29 season record, continued their up and down ways, with a real downer today, losing 2-1 to Milwaukee in a game that seemed as lifeless as Collins’ post-game press conference. 

Collins got himself thrown out of the game in the fourth inning. Maybe, he didn’t want to watch the Mets offense anymore.

With the bases loaded and one out in the fourth and the Brewers leading 2-0, Wheeler got Eric Sogard to pop up in foul territory near the visitors’ dugout. A Mets-employed ball boy carrying a stool in his left hand brushed Wilmer Flores as the third baseman attempted to make the catch. A distracted Flores missed the ball. Plate umpire Roberto Ortiz initially ruled interference and awarded an out, but the crew then convened and reversed that decision, keeping Sogard at the plate.

That led Collins to argue and get ejected by crew chief Fieldin Culbreth. The umpires told Collins and Wheeler that unintentional interference by a ball boy, by rule, does not result in an out call.

Said Collins: “My issue was that’s a routine catch. It would be one thing if it’s a difficult play. That was my argument.”

“You can’t get mad at him,” Flores said. “He was trying to get out of the way. He went the wrong way.”

Wheeler, seeming getting stronger from his two years off after Tommy John surgery and its complications, pitched into the seventh inning, spacing out 10 hits but benefiting from three double plays by the Mets infield. 

“We’ve been sort of streaky here and there,” Wheeler said. “It’s a long season. So we have a few more months left, and it’s still somewhat early. I think we can come around. Once our starting pitchers really get rolling and our bats heat up, we’ll be one of the best teams in baseball.”

 

Mets notes:

The Mets have lost two straight after a three-game winning streak…New York is now 13-17 at home this season and 3-10 in day games in 2017. 

ONE-RUN GAMES: New York is now 7-10 in one-run games (4-5 in such games at home)…The Brewers improve to 5-7 in one-run games (3-4 on the road). 

TERRY COLLINS: Was ejected in the fourth inning by third base umpire Fieldin Culbreth…Was his first ejection of the year. 

METS BULLPEN: Worked 2.2 scoreless innings today and now has a 1.52 ERA (five earned runs/29.2 innings) over their last eight games dating to May 25. 

WILMER FLORES: Hit his fourth home run of the season with his solo shot in the eighth inning…Was his second homer this year off a righthanded pitcher…Over his last 20 games, Flores is batting .400 (24-60) with five doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI. 

LUCAS DUDA: Finished today’s game 2-4…Over his last 10 games, Duda is batting .350 (14-40) with four doubles, four home runs, 11 RBI and seven runs scored…Duda has reached base safely in 18 of his last 19 games. 

ZACK WHEELER: Worked 6.1 innings and allowed two runs, earned, on 10 hits and suffered the loss…Struck out six and walked one…Four of his last five outings have been quality starts…Over his last six starts dating to April 29, Wheeler now owns a 2.65 ERA (10 earned runs/34.0 innings). 

FERNANDO SALAS:Worked 2.0 scoreless, hitless innings today with five strikeouts…The five strikeouts are a career-high. 

CHASE ANDERSON:Tossed 7.0 scoreless innings and allowed three hits to earn his fourth win of the season…Struck out seven and walked one…Over his last two outings, Anderson has tossed 14.0 consecutive scoreless innings with four hits allowed, 18 strikeouts and four walks.

HERNÁN PÉREZ: Doubled in the Brewers first run of the game and finished the game 3-4…Batted .429 (12-28) with three doubles, one home run and six RBI in six games vs. the Mets this season…In his career, Pérez is a .400 (20-50) hitter vs. the Mets with five doubles, one home run and seven RBI (15 games). 

COREY KNEBEL: Recorded two strikeouts in today’s game…Now has at least one strikeout each of his 27 appearances this season…His streak of 27 straight appearances to open the year with at least one strikeout, exclusively by a reliever, is the third-longest to begin a season since the modern era (since 1900)…Trails a pair of longer streaks by Aroldis Chapman (37 games from May 11-August 13, 2014 and a 29-game streak from April 5-June 16, 2012)…Research courtesy of Elias…His streak of 27 games with at least one strikeout extends a Brewers franchise record for relievers for consecutive games with a strikeout. 

 

Collins got tossed early after an interference call was reversed

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