New season. New owner. The same old Mets.
After their opening series against the Nationals was canceled due to positive COVID-19 tests from Washington, New York’s 2021 season began Monday night in Philadelphia. Jacob deGrom started and it was stellar. He did not allow a run in six innings of work, striking out seven and allowing only three hits. He even drove in a plate race.
But things went south once the Mets turned things over to the bullpen. After Miguel Castro worked a scoreless seventh, Trevor May quickly loaded the bases and was thrown in favor of Aaron Loup. Loup pitched Bryce Harper to force a run and then allowed a single to JT Realmuto that tied the game.
Then the Phillies opened the game. Alec Bohm hit a routine groundout to third and the shot by Luis Guillorme, who had just entered the game as a defensive replacement for JD Davis, went wide. Two runs were scored as the ball rolled to the backstop.
A sacrifice fly by Didi Gregorius pushed the Phillies’ lead to 5-2. The Mets managed to regain a run in the ninth, but lost 5-3.
It was another example where the Mets blew an outstanding start from their two-time Cy Young winner. DeGrom has been nearly undefeated since the start of the 2018 season, but the Mets have a losing record when he starts.
While Mets fans were pulling their hair out, the implosion was the kind of thing the New York tabloids love. The Sam Darnold trade got the most publicity on the back pages, but the three newspapers left some room for the Mets. “New owner, same problems” the New York Post read. “This again! The Mets blow another one for Jake ”, was the headline. on top of the New York Daily News. Newsday went with, “Bullpen bunglers fail Jake.“
Some things never change.
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I have hives
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You got to be kidding
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Congratulations to the Panthers social media team
This swing is absolutely perfect
High heat (high, high)
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A good song
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.