Mets takeaways from Saturday's 5-2 loss to Rockies, including more ineffective offense
The Mets lost 5-2 to the Colorado Rockies on Saturday at Citi Field and have now lost 10 of their last 13 games to fall to 17-17 for the season.
Here are the Top Takeaways from the loss:
1) The Mets’ offense needs a spark badly. It has scored only four runs over its last four games, getting one win during that stretch only because Kodai Senga and the bullpen shut out the Rockies on Friday night.
Rockies’ lefty starter Austin Gomber came in with a 7.57 ERA over his first six starts this season, but the Mets could only get to him for two runs over six innings.
They had chances early, putting runners on second and third with one out in both the first and third innings. But each time they scored only one run, on RBI groundouts to shortstop by Pete Alonso and Francisco Lindor.
The one other time they put two runners on base, in the eighth inning, Jeff McNeil pinch-hit for Tommy Pham against right-hander Jake Bird and struck out swinging.
2) Tylor Megill was the losing pitcher but reliever Stephen Nogosek gave up perhaps the key hit in the game, a two-run home run to Rockies’ rookie shortstop Ezequiel Tovar in the sixth inning that gave Colorado its 5-2 lead.
Nogosek had walked Harold Castro before the home run in an inning that summarized the Mets’ pitching problems this season.
For starters, they’ve given up 127 walks, the most in the National League.
Equally significant, they’ve given up 49 home runs in 34 games, also the most in the NL.
And Nogosek’s presence in the game in the sixth inning is also part of the equation. That is, Mets’ starters have pitched fewer than six innings in 28 of their 34 games, which is the most in the majors.
3) Megill didn’t look quite right from the start, throwing seven straight balls to begin the game. And though he managed to limit damage for most of his day, he was in trouble a lot and wound up lasting only 4.2 innings because of it.
Megill gave up three runs while allowing six hits and three walks, and he needed Nogosek to get the final out of the fifth with two runners on base.
As such, Megill’s ERA went from 4.11 to 4.33 in a so-so season in which he has averaged exactly five innings per start, contributing to the huge workload on the Mets’ bullpen this season.
4) For the second time this season Mark Canha was called out on strikes because of a violation of the pitch clock.
In the bottom of the second, with two strikes on him, Canha was out of the batter’s box when he realized the clock was a couple of seconds from being at :08, the point where the hitter needs to be in the box and alert to the pitcher, as the MLB rules state.
Canha jumped in the box and appeared to be there in time but the home plate umpire disagreed calling him out. Canha and Buck Showalter argued to no avail.
In his other violation, on April 4 in Milwaukee, Canha admitted to his mistake, saying he got caught looking up at the scoreboard, waiting to see the velocity of the previous pitch.