The Met brass saw their season slipping away after a rough stretch in early June. The Amazin's split a doubleheader with the Yankees in their first Subway Series of the year on June 11, leaving them at 33-34. That elusive .500 mark kept sidestepping them. Next, the Mets dropped a four-game series to the Cardinals, 1-3, at Citi Field and went 1-2 in Atlanta. In that final loss to the Braves, Steven Matz gave up five earned in six innings and the bullpen innings were taken by Chris Flexen, Stephen Nogosek and Daniel Zamora. Brodie Van Wagenen decided something had to be done.
Scroll to continue with content