In a collection that started with Dodgers catcher Will Smith hitting a game-winning and game-tying house run within the first two video games, the dearth of manufacturing from the Mets’ catching tandem has solely turn into extra evident.
As Smith supplied the distinction in two extra-inning video games coming into Sunday’s collection finale at Citi Subject, James McCann and Tomas Nido had mixed to go 1-for-9 with 5 strikeouts whereas arising empty in large spots. It continued a tough stretch with each catchers in slumps throughout a season by which the Mets have gotten a .607 OPS from that place, good for twenty fourth within the league coming into Sunday.
“Each of these guys are usually not catching extra so for his or her hitting, they’re catching as a result of we really feel they’re actually good defensive catchers,” supervisor Luis Rojas mentioned Sunday earlier than the collection wrapped up. “And they’re going to contribute with their hitting when some state of affairs arises. They didn’t ship in some key at-bats. … However we’re more than happy with the opposite work they’ve achieved for us. I believe they’ve helped us so much to be in a superb place for probably the most half this season.”
The Mets’ pitching workers — one of many largest causes the membership spent a lot of the season atop the NL East — has lauded McCann and Nido’s work this season. Nido entered Sunday ninth in defensive runs saved (5) whereas McCann was thirty fifth (minus-one) amongst catchers who’ve caught a minimum of 300 innings this season.
However McCann had a expensive error Friday night time on an errant throw again to reliever Drew Smith. It allowed Cody Bellinger to take third and finally rating on a sacrifice fly for the Dodgers’ fourth run in a sport that went to further innings tied 4-4. Later that night time, Nido flew out with the tying run at second base within the tenth inning to complete a 6-5 loss.
Saturday, in a 1-1 sport within the seventh inning, Nido got here up with no outs and runners on first and second and did not get down a bunt. McCann later pinch hit for him within the tenth inning and struck out in a 2-1 loss.
McCann was again behind the plate Sunday, however was simply 4-for-33 (.121) in his final 10 video games. Nido was within the midst of a 5-for-35 (.143) skid over his final 14 video games.
“Each guys have been nice for us the entire season — I’m speaking extra so on the defensive finish,” Rojas mentioned. “However they’ve been clutch at occasions too. They’ve received us video games. … However I believe what they’ve dropped at us probably the most is dealing with the pitching, controlling the working sport, they’ve each been excellent.”