MMO Game Recap: Rockies 7, Mets 4

bartolo colon

The Mets (15-12) lost to the Rockies (17-13) by a score of 7-4 on Thursday night in Colorado.

Bartolo Colon took the ball for the Mets and struggled mightily. Colon gave up 7 runs on 10 hits and a walk in 4.2 innings, striking out only 3.

The Mets got off to a frustrating start in what would be a very frustrating game. Juan Lagares, fresh off the DL, picked up right where he left off by doubling to left to lead off the game. However, with 1 out, Troy Tulowitzki made a diving play on David Wright‘s line drive and doubled off Lagares at second, so Juan Nicasio, who thew 7 scoreless innings for the Rockies, was able to emerge from the inning unscathed.

After Tulo burned the Mets in the top of the first, Colorado’s other superstar hurt them in the bottom of the frame. With 2 out, Carlos Gonzalez hit a screaming line drive over the wall in right-center, giving the Rockies an early 1-0 lead.

The Mets would get another runner in scoring position in the next inning when Chris Young singled and stole second, but Travis d’Arnaud grounded out to first to end the threat.

The Rockies would strike again in their turn at bat in the second. Bartolo Colon got 2 quick outs, but then gave up singles to the 7th and 8th hitters in the lineup, and the pitcher Nicasio roped one to right field, bringing in a pair of runs to make it 3-0.

Bartolo seemed to have settled down after a scoreless 3rd inning, but trouble struck once again in the bottom of the 4th. Colon walked the leadoff hitter, allowed the next batter to reach on a bunt single which the Mets handled poorly in the field, and hit Charlie Culberson to load the bases with none out. Nicasio hit a sacrifice fly to give him 3 RBI on the night, and Charlie Blackmon singled to right to bring in another run. The next hitter, Nolan Arenado— who still has not returned the Gold Glove he stole from David Wright last season— flied one out to Granderson in right, and Curtis’ throw beat Culberson to the plate. However, Travis d’Arnaud failed to apply the tag, and Culberson scored to make it 6-0.

Colon came out to start the 5th, but was unable to finish it. Bartolo appeared to have gotten out of the inning with a tough, two-strike, two-seam fastball to Chris Dickerson, but the umpire ruled it a ball, and Dickerson tripled a few pitches later to bring home Justin Morneau and end Colon’s evening.

Jeurys Familia relieved Colon and struck out the only batter he faced. Gonzalez Germen came in after Familia and pitched two scoreless innings.

The Mets’ offense showed signs of life in the top of the 8th. Bobby Abreu worked a two-out walk and Lagares drove him in with his 2nd double of the night.

After Jose Valverde, who has fallen from being the closer to having the role of the mop-up guy, pitched a scoreless bottom of the 8th, the Mets came out to take their final swings in the top of the 9th. New York put up a decent fight against Chad Bettis. With two outs, Chris Young singled for his second hit of the night and Grandy followed CY up with a base hit of his own. The next batter, Travis d’Arnaud, sent a deep drive over the left field wall to make it 7-4. However, Ruben Tejada lined out to right to end the fun and give Colorado the win.

As Gary, Keith, or Ron (my brain has kind of merged them all into a singular, all-knowing being) pointed out, this was Colon’s 6th start and the 2nd in which he just “didn’t have it”. Colon wasn’t serving up bombs left and right like he was in Los Angeles a few weeks ago, but he did not look good at all. If you allow the opposing pitcher to drive in 3 runs, you’re probably going to lose.

Speaking of the opposing pitcher, the Mets made Juan Nicasio look like an All-Star tonight. They can hit Craig Kimbrel but can’t touch the mighty Juan Nicasio. I’ve given up trying to figure out why. But we need our hitters to pick it up. Even though we scored 4 runs and only lost by 3, this game was never really close. There was no doubt after the 5th inning that Colorado would win. If the hitters could wake up at some point before the 8th inning, that would be nice.

The bullpen was called upon much earlier than any of us would have liked, and they did a very solid job. There have been a few bumps, but overall, I’m pretty satisfied with our bullpen’s performance so far this season.

Curtis Granderson made solid contact with a pitch in the 9th to keep the Mets alive, and ultimately scored a run. But the Mets need him to start driving the ball soon… he needs to do what we brought him here to do. Also, the Rockies were running on him at every opportunity, and I was taken aback by how weak the throw he made to the plate on Blackmon’s single in the 5th was. However, his throw on the very next play was a very good one that would have nailed Culberson at home had TDA applied the tag properly, so I won’t get too worried about his arm…

Chris Young looked good at the plate tonight. I’m starting to like him more and more with each passing game. If he can keep it going, Granderson can wake up, and David Wright can break out of his recent slump, our lineup could be pretty productive.

travis d'arnaud

Another guy who might be an X-factor at the plate for the Mets? Travis d’Arnaud, who is also looking better of late. TDA’s homer in the 9th didn’t really do much to impact the game, but it was nice to see him get ahold of one, especially with his team down to its final out. He always seems to come up in big situations, so hopefully he can come through the next time there’s some real pressure.

The things I would do to have Carlos Gonzalez and/or Troy Tulowitzki on the Mets are unspeakable. But more importantly, we need to somehow get rid of that triceratops the Rockies call their mascot. I can’t for the life of me figure out why they decided to make their mascot a triceratops. And yes, these are the things I think about when my team is down 7-0 for most of the night.

Juan Lagares looked great tonight in his first game back from his hamstring injury. Hopefully, he can stay healthy, because he’s been a joy to watch when he’s been on the field. Welcome back, Juan.

Up Next: The Mets will look to even up their series with the Rockies tomorrow night at Coors Field. Zack Wheeler (1-2, 3.99 ERA) will do battle with Jorge De La Rosa (2-3, 5.23 ERA). Gametime is 8:40 PM.

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  • KennyandtheMets

    Tough game. Let’s bounce back tomorrow.

  • Metropolitan

    This game was not really competitive at all…Goes to show so called good pitching does not beat good hitting.The Rockies have guys who can rake up an down we don’t That was the difference

  • I don’t think the fact that we lost can be used as a knock on “good pitching”, since our starter gave up 7 runs! Haha

  • Metropolitan

    well the game was touted as a good pitching team vs good hitting team.The good hitting defeated the so called good pitching..

  • I guess we didn’t hold up our end of the bargain… hopefully Wheeler will show up tomorrow.

  • tacknaf

    nobody freak; it’s one game.

    that being said, odds on Terry benching Lagares tomorrow for EY-K?

  • Eyeball

    That’s about all that needs to be said.

  • CJM

    If anyone, it will be Granderson who sits tomorrow in favor of EYJ–lefty on the mound for the Rockies.

  • mynewdisqusname

    Sounds like a rough night of travel. Hope that’s all that was. 3 more games, still a chance to win the series, but a tie would be acceptable as well against a tough team.

  • CJM

    D’Arnaud’s line since the 0-15 start, after hitting the HR tonight: .267/.343/.428 for a .771 OPS and just 5 strikeouts. Great production for a catcher.

    David Wright, on the other hand, just horrendous.

  • MikeBedlam

    *fingers crossed*

  • TheMetsMachine

    But Even when Wright is “horrendous” he still manages to get 15 RBI’s, that’s the great part about Wright when he plays his worst he is still better than most guys. For instance if he gets 3 or 4 hits tomorrow all of a sudden he is hitting around .300

    Not worried about Wright at all, he is the least of the teams offensive problems.

  • amarksupreme

    yes, please

  • MikeBedlam

    That Rockies lineup can make a fan truly salivate. I understand that there are home park factors to consider, but LOOK AT IT!!!

    Colon should not be allowed to throw the ball after fielding it. Just concede the hit, and hold the ball.

  • jaygreen55

    none!!!

  • Hotstreak
  • KMO82

    Just one game, lets move on and get back on track tomorrow. Great to see Juan back and he better be in the lineup tomorrow. Grandy should be the one who sits tomorrow IMO bc of the left hander on the mound.

  • mets4lyfe

    I worry that this might be the year that Wright shows signs of a decline.

  • DrDooby

    Wright hat truely been awful – for his standards – over the first month. He is hitting the way he’s often hit in August and September the previous few seasons.

    He did have a different routine this winter, trying to avoid a late season swoon. Of course, for now, the price seems to be an early season swoon instead at the very least. Not exactly something that was planned.

    Obviously, the Mets need to get Wright, Murphy and Granderson going. Collectively, these three are well over .200 OPS points below their career totals. Right now, all three have a sub .675 OPS. On average, these three need to be above .775 though.

  • CJM

    Those numbers aren’t updated to reflect tonight’s game either. He’s been truly bad so far.

  • RyanF55

    Tough game to watch…beautiful ballpark though. I’ll be there tomorrow too…let’s go Zach

  • CJM

    It will come eventually. His swing looks all kinds of messed up right now. But he does also look like he’s lost a half step.

  • RyanF55

    A ballpark worth visiting

  • BigAl831

    I wouldn’t mind Murph getting day off tomorrow against the lefty. Get EY in the lineup and allows Granderson to keep getting AB’s. Really need this guy to get going.

  • Hotstreak

    This is my take does anyone agree. What is most concerning is his lack of power reflected in SLG% something less than .320. I never saw that before in him an anemic SLG% usually close to or above .500. Was it his ST haircut that took his power away. Actually his K% rate and BABIP both mutually exclusive are OK. To me then there is no slump or excuse that he will get hot. His bad speed may very well be the problem causing him to hit the ball butwithout power.

    Here are more graphs. I was surprised his K% is up too I did not notice that.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/graphs.aspx?playerid=3787&position=3B&page=0&type=mini

  • Joey D.

    Hi Tommy,

    I was really impressed by the clever wit you displayed in your write up tonight. “Nolan Arenado— who still has not returned the Gold Glove he stole from David Wright last season” is a classic that has the making a successful future professional sportswritter written all over it.

    I think Travis missing the tag was due more to him having to stay that three feet radius outside the the plate. He then had to turn to his left and the runner was already going by him so the glove was behind him by just a matter of inches and the momentum was against Travis.

  • Sach

    At least some positives- For both Keith ( especially) and Terry, after the game to say Juan is on his way to becoming 1 of the better all around players in MLB is of course encouraging. Travis. And like Tommy, CY is starting to grow on me. He certainly doesn’t look like a .220 BA, a lot of SO hitter to me.

  • mets4lyfe

    Arenado’s actually a better defensive 3B than David Wright. He actually deserved the GG last year.

  • mr mojo risin

    bright side… we only struck out 2x

  • tierlifer

    It’a mt favorite I have been too not named Wrigley

  • HarveyKsYou

    They’re messing up 2012 with 2013 Wright didn’t even play a full year last year. In 2012, Wright was outstanding at 3rd, but Chase Headley won, aided by his big offensive year.

  • HarveyKsYou

    Wright horrendous ? What’s Granderson ??

  • HarveyKsYou

    He’s never hit this bad.

  • Gregg_B

    I could only fantasize about having Tulo in our lineup and hitting behind David. Then I think you would see some real offense from the entire lineup, and David would be raking!
    sigh….

  • BarnRat

    We featured East Coast hitting and Rocky Mountain pitching. Need to flip that around tonight.

  • Erin_II

    So, I wonder why Familia was removed after striking out his only batter, for another right hander, who has been overused. Must be Terry just wanted Jeurys to feel good about himself.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Wright’s problems are NOT caused by who is hitting behind him. His problem is he cant hit the inside pitch and that is where they are throwing it. He either gets jammed or misses.

  • Taskmaster4450

    How do Granderson’s woes take away from the fact that Wright is horrendous?

    That is classic misdirection. Grandy is hitting .140 so everyone knows he is absolutely terrible thus far. But just because he is worse than Wright doesnt mean that Wright isnt horrendous in his own right.

  • Taskmaster4450

    To start I disagree about the tag by TdA. I am not sure how you can say he messed that up. He isnt allowed to block the plate hence has to sweep tag. The throw was just late.

    I am not going to pin this loss on Collins but I stand by what I wrote last night….Colon should have been pulled after two or three at the latest. It is obvious he didnt have it (he was missing his spots by 3 feet). A little bit of Captain Hook might have kept the game manageable if the long man, Dice K or Torres held. As it was, Collins pulled him after it was 7-0.

    Collins doesnt seem to be able to anticipate when the wheels are about to come off and when a guy doesnt have it.

  • $14435385

    Wright has been a streaky hitter his whole career. He’ll heat up as the weather gets warmer…not worried about him at all.

  • $14435385

    One bright spot (besides Lagares) is that d’Arnaud seems to be starting to figure things out. Since the games against Anaheim he’s 12-44 (.272) with a couple of home runs and only 5 Ks. The ball he hit last night was impressive – a long drive on a compact, easy stroke. His defense has tightened up as well (disagree re: the tag last night, btw…the new rules really hamstring catchers on plays at the plate…it’s all kind of silly). It looks like he’s starting to believe he belongs here.

  • Zalmen

    Well after 10 years of hitting 300, 225 homers 445 doubles the league has finally figured out how to pitch to David Wright
    I mean you gotta be kidding me!
    Why won’t you just realize the guy is in a terrible slump! the kind of slump every player goes through once in a while

  • MyasDaddy

    Because TC is an idiot, and should have double-switched. For all the people who say TC has never had any talent to win. Blah blah blah! Maybe if he made some smarter moves in regards to the pen, we wouldn’t be in the situation we find ourselves in sometimes.

  • QueensRussell

    Because many MMO fools are way too invested in despising Wright, for reasons that will forever remain unfathomable to those possessed of sanity and a normal intellect.

  • jb

    Expect Lagares and d’Arnaud to be sitting on the bench today

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    This team’s biggest problem is they cannot overcome bad starts. The whole reason they have the record they do is thanks to the pitching. They just don’t hit enough. Hopefully they get a good start tonight because otherwise this team has no chance.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    Two or three? That’s only a 3-0 lead. Can’t pull your starter like that. You’d kill your bullpen, day off before or not.

  • Ryan5757

    The bullpen gave up zero runs last night and you want to blame Collins for misusing the bullpen?

  • Peter S

    Typical mets opening west coast game. Watch them win tonight.

  • Taskmaster4450

    How do you kill your bull pen if you get with a guy like Dice K for 4 or 5 innings?

    And yes it was 3-0 but everyone who was watching knows Colon didnt have it. He was missing his spots by 3 feet. Sometimes when a guy is off, it is best to send him to the showers. Instead, another 2 innings and it was 7-0.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Do you not pay attention?

    The league is pitching more inside now than ever before. 10 years ago, pitchers didnt throw inside to anyone. Now they are. Wright is incapable of hitting the inside fastball. Until he corrects that, he will be in the continued slump as you say.

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    Because you have no idea if whoever comes in next is going to “have it.” If Dice K comes in and gives up two or three more runs, do you then take him out too? Then it’s the fourth or fifth and you’ve got to get 12 more outs with your bullpen.

    You just can’t always do that. Colon needed to man up and not give up anything else. He didn’t do it. Can’t constantly move to your bullpen. I’m amazed so many people on here are so critical of how Collins manages a bullpen, crying “overuse” constantly, but then always want to go to it as early as possible.

  • RyanF55

    In Colorado strictly for the Mets…also throwing in several brewery visits. It’s insane, but yes, I traveled here for the Mets haha. Great ballpark out here and I found out the same designers that designed Coors designed Citi. My brothers doing well.

  • sarge69

    Granderson’s throws have not looked that great so far, some have been weak and others off line, doesn’t CY have a better arm?
    Why not play CY in RF and Granderson in LF? Over EY?

    Yup, after the 3 RBI by NIcasio it seemed kind of lost cause plus Rockies sure looked very confident at the plate, even the low on the totem pole hitters.

    David is really struggling and hitting in Coors Field should help but he needs to pick it up, I wonder if the problem, supposedly as pointed out at times by our broadcasters, is his throwing shoulder?

    Just asking, as RKG have stated he is a trooper but if his arm needs help then ask for it, you are not making good throws to 1B, please don’t be another Zimmerman, please!

    Glad that Travis is hitting more, and that Tejada is having more quality at bat but winning is what matters and this Colorado pitching staff is not good, really if not against them then against who?

  • Alberto Salebe

    The point is to win the game
    why would you have long man for?
    samething happen with Mejia

  • ThatGuyWhoLeavesComments

    Take him out when he’s in trouble if you want, but three runs isn’t “trouble.” Task is confusing being mad about giving up six runs with wishing he’d had come out in the second inning. It wasn’t 6-0 in the second.