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The New York Mets Pitching Staff Is Ruining The 2023 Season

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I am waking up this Saturday morning wondering, what is going on with my team?, a team that was picked to at least play winning baseball in 2023. But after finishing the month of April at 15-12, and May at 29-27, they have started out June with winning just one out of eight games. But its not like they are not in the games, they are just throwing games away.

The pitching has been outright horrible. It doesn’t seem like anyone on the pitching staff is able to come into a game and shutdown the offense. In the six straight losses, leading up to Friday nights embarrassment in Pittsburgh, the Mets lost by merely two or three runs, and its possible you can blame it on lack of offense, but lets start with the second game in the Toronto Blue Jays series.

On Saturday June 3, the Mets scored a run early leading 1-0, and Tylor Megill actually held the potent Jays lineup to just one run over 5.1 innings, but newly inserted closer for the 2023 season, David Robertson, could not contain the Jays, giving up a run in the top of the ninth as the Mets dropped the game 2-1.

On June 4, Kodai Senga, lasted just 2.2 innings, allowing three earned runs on four hits, and the killer was walking five batters in that span. Righty Dominic Leone, who has had a few good stretches with the club, came in relief and gave up two more runs in the top of the 7th, after the Mets had tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning.

In the Atlanta Braves Series, the Mets scored four runs in the top of the third in game one, taking a 4-1 lead, But Carlos Carrasco and the bullpen could not hold the lead, allowing a combined four runs in the bottom of the six and one in the bottom of the seventh to lose 6-4.

In Game two, the Mets once again led early, as they were up 4-1 entering the bottom of the fifth, but once again their pitchers could not contain their opponents offense, as Max Scherzer gave up five runs on 11 hits, over 5.2 innings, despite striking out 10 batters. The Braves took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the six, but the Mets rallied to tie the game at 5-5 in the top of the seventh. With an offense that has seemed to wake up again lately, the bullpen just continues to give games right back, killing all momentum gained. Brooks Raley and Adam Ottavino gave up two late runs, allowing the Braves to steal another victory at 7-5.

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In Sunday’s finale, the Mets showcased an offensive outburst that has not been seen as often lately, as they looked to erase the previous losses and redeem themselves. The Braves took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but the Mets responded with five of their own in the top of the second, led by Brandon Nimmo‘s first grand slam of his career. New York then added five runs over the next four innings, taking a 10-7 lead into the latter part of the game. Not that the pitching was as great as the offense, but one would think that any momentum the team gained in putting runs on the board, the pitching staff would feed off of, not!

The bullpen would once again squander a Mets lead late, by allowing the Braves to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth and win it in the bottom of the 11th.

What does a team do after putting up punches and not hitting their mark, they come back out worse then the day before. Now one would think, that scenario is not always the case, well for the Mets it was and worse. On Friday night in Pittsburgh, they dropped one of the more embarrassing games of the 2023 season and maybe just maybe it wakes them up.

The Pirates, who are surprisingly are tied for first place in the NL Central division at 33-29 with the Milwaukee Brewers and winners of seven of their last 10 games, took it to the Mets pitchers by scoring 14 runs on 17 hits.  The Mets offense could not withstand the heavy blows from the Bucs as they scored just two runs over eight innings, before exploding for five runs in the top of the ninth, just to say they showed up. The culprits once again was mediocre starting pitching and nothing from the bullpen, just another all around horrible game from the pitching staff.

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What will turn this sinking ship around, as the Mets dropped their seventh in a row and are now 30-34 and in fourth place in the NL East.

What is worse is that they lost their most potent bat in the lineup, Pete Alonso, to 3-4 weeks on the DL after getting hit on the wrist in Wednesday’s loss in Atlanta.

Here are some interesting stats for the pitching staff, over the last 7 games for all 30 teams:

Mets Staff
Last – ERA (8.65)
Last – Hits (67)
Last – Runs (46)
Last – Home Runs (12)
Last – Batting Average (.354)
Last – WHIP (1.99)

Something has to give and it has to be more then one move for just one pitcher. Is an overhaul of the entire bullpen a signal that the organization is throwing in the towel?, or are they just hoping for a miracle to turn this season around.

I saw an interesting stat the other day that showed the last three NL teams to go the World Series, Washington Nationals (2019), Atlanta Braves (2021) and Philadelphia Phillies (2022) were under .500 in early June. So I guess their is still hope for the 2023 New York Mets afterall.

 

 

David is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®, as well as a Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. David was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline.com, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com that spanned from 2010 to 2014. David made his MLB Debut as a writer in June 2014, while covering the NY Mets at Citi Field, for MetsmerizedOnline.com. David also managed his Cape Coral 16U Rec Ball team for the past two seasons and on May 13, 2024 they won their league Championship. On May 15th, David started the first ever Legends on Deck 16U Travel Baseball team in SWFL. David's passion is teaching the game he loves to the future Legends of Tomorrow as well as making available a website that people can have fun sharing and reading. David is also passionate about his career as a Mortgage Loan Officer which allows him to help many families reach their dreams of owning a home. Connect with David via his Social Media pages as he loves to chat all about baseball.

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