The Mets were unable to sweep the Cardinals today, and were handed their first loss of the season, 5-1.
Steven Matz struggled in his first start of the year, allowing three runs and three walks, plus two hone runs in four innings of work. Matz’s high pitch count in today’s game can be caused by Matz having good control on his pitches, and getting some unfavorable and questionable calls by home plate umpire C.B. Bucknor.
Mets’ hitters struggled to start a rally on numerous occasions in today’s game, and even when a Mets hitter made solid contact, it usually resulted in an out. In the bottom of the fifth, Todd Frazier drilled a line drive into right field which initially appeared to be a two-run home run that would put the Mets within a run against the Cardinals, but it was caught by Dexter Fowler right on the wall to end the inning. Juan Lagares was one of the few Mets who was immune to the hitting woes today, going 3 for 4 after starting in place for Brandon Nimmo, who is dealing with flu-like symptoms.
The Mets will remain home for their next series, as they will begin a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies tomorrow. The Phillies began their season sloppily, winning only once in their three game series against the Braves. Phillies’ new manager Gabe Kapler has faced criticism for his over usage of the Phillies bullpen, making 18 bullpen substitutions in three games so far.
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