Javier Baez alone most likely isn’t sufficient to rescue this struggling Mets lineup.
Such a resurrection will take a Michael Conforto wake-up name, together with assist from others. Perhaps voodoo would assist, too.
On Sunday, the Mets managed solely three hits in finishing an underwhelming homestand with a 7-1 loss to the Reds at Citi Subject. The Mets averaged simply 2.73 runs throughout 11 video games on the homestand, going 5-6.
Jeff McNeil’s sixth-inning homer accounted for the Mets’ solely run on a day they have been dominated by right-hander Vladimir Gutierrez and the Reds’ bullpen. An evening after blasting a two-run homer in his Mets debut, Baez completed 0-for-4. Conforto continued to listen to boos in an 0-for-2 efficiency that dropped his batting common to .196.
The Mets fell to 8-9 within the second half — a stretch wherein they’ve maintained the three ½-game lead within the NL East they took to the All-Star break. They’ll start a seven-game street journey by means of Miami and Philadelphia on Monday.
The Mets didn’t get their first hit till the fifth, when Kevin Pillar singled by means of the third-base gap. To that time the Mets’ solely different base runner was Brandon Drury, who drew a two-out stroll within the second inning.
In his earlier begin towards the Reds on July 21, Marcus Stroman allowed just one hit over eight shutout innings, however the right-hander wasn’t almost as sharp this time round, encountering bother within the center innings.
Stroman lasted 5 ²/₃ innings and allowed 4 earned runs on eight hits with 4 strikeouts and one stroll, elevating his ERA to season-high 2.80. The beginning was Stroman’s seventh in his final eight wherein he pitched fewer than six innings.
Baez’s arm was on show within the fourth, when he fired a relay-throw dart to the plate that nailed Eugenio Suarez trying to attain from first base.
Max Schrock’s two-out homer earlier within the inning gave the Reds their first run. The blast was the primary allowed by Stroman in his final 4 begins. General, he’s surrendered 11 homers in 22 begins.
Kyle Farmer’s RBI triple within the sixth gave the Reds their second run and Tyler Stephenson’s ensuing sacrifice fly put the Mets in a 3-0 gap. The rally began with Jesse Winker’s double main off the inning.
Miguel Castro changed Stroman with two outs within the sixth and walked the primary two batters he confronted — together with the pitcher Guttierez on 4 pitches — to provide the Reds a 4-0 lead.
The Reds broke open the sport with three runs within the ninth towards Geoff Hartlieb.