An exhausted bullpen could not handle a second straight extra-inning game, as the Red Sox exploded for three runs in the 10th inning for a 6-4 win Friday night.
Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia, both pitching for the third time in four games, kept the Red Sox in check. But when the Mets couldn’t win in regulation, Terry Collins opted to use Carlos Torres for the fourth time in five days and after pitching 2.1 innings on Thursday. The results were predictably bad.
Why are the Mets’ relievers so taxed right now? Part because of trips to offensive-happy parks in Colorado and Philadelphia, part questionable bullpen usage in previous nights by Collins and part because of the insistence on carrying a pitcher who is useless, simply because he throws with his left hand. The Mets continue to believe that’s a desirable trait, despite all evidence to the contrary since 2011.
During the game, Gary Cohen said, “Lack of depth in the Mets’ bullpen has shown tonight.” That’s an interesting interpretation of events. How about this, instead: Trying to compete with a six-man bullpen after seven games in Colorado and Philadelphia finally caught up with the Mets.
The shame of it all was wasting another terrific outing by Harvey. He pitched six scoreless innings, allowed just three baserunners, fanned eight and left with a two-run lead.
The Mets staged a two-out rally in the 10th, due to wildness from the Red Sox closer. New York loaded the bases, scored a run on a walk by Curtis Granderson before Yoenis Cespedes flew out to center to end the game.