Gut Reaction: Marlins 6, Mets 4 (8/20/17)

Going into today, the New York Mets were 2-10 in Sunday home games this season. Giancarlo Stanton and his Miami Marlins ensured that record would not improve. The Mets suffered yet another loss this Sunday, falling to the Marlins 6-4. Misplayed defense and squandered offensive opportunities led to the loss. On the mound, Jacob deGrom allowed five earned runs over 6.1 innings. He walked none and struck out eight.

Three of the runs he allowed probably should not have happened though. In the seventh inning, with a man on first, Adam Conley dropped a bunt down in an attempt to move Miguel Rojas over from first. Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud could have went to second, possibly starting a double play, but instead chose to throw to first. On the next play, Dee Gordon grounded a ball to rookie Amed Rosario, and was safe at first after Rosario took his time with the throw. Stanton batted next, and blasted a three-run homerun. My Gut Reaction is that Rosario will learn from this, and will be more urgent with his throws. In the same inning, Yoenis Cespedes dropped a fly ball, leading to another run. To say the defense lost the game would be an understatement.

On the offensive side of the ball, Cespedes delivered a solo home run in the first. They wouldn’t muster much until the eighth inning, when they rallied for three runs. Cespedes also hit a double, as did Brandon Nimmo. Gavin Cecchini, Rosario and d’Arnaud also produced hits today, d’Arnaud with two hits. The bullpen continued their strong work, and their unearned run streak is up to fifteen innings. The Mets welcome the Arizona Diamondbacks tomorrow at 7:10, when Robert Gsellman will take the hill.