Mets Bullpen Coughs Up Lead… Again!

For the second time this week, the Mets bullpen failed them in a game they were winning in the eighth inning as they imploded in the Mets 4-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves

The Mets were winning 3-0 going into the bottom of the eighth after an absolutely phenomenal start from Jacob deGrom.

Mickey Callaway decided to replace him in the eighth inning, though, as he sent AJ Ramos out to the mound to start the inning.

Ramos walked two in the inning and recorded an out before Callaway decided to turn to his left-hander, Jerry Blevins to get Freddie Freeman out.

However, the plan backfired as Blevins allowed a two-run double to Freeman to cut the lead to 3-2. Blevins stayed in to face Nick Markakis and struck him out before being pulled.

Jeurys Familia then came in to face Preston Tucker with two outs in the inning, who he was able to strikeout to stop the bleeding with Freeman standing 90 feet away from home at third base.

In the ninth, Familia started to struggle instantly. Dansby Swanson led off the inning with a walk and scored four pitches later as Johan Camargo hit an RBI triple into the right-center field gap to tie the game.

After allowing a hit to pinch-hitter Kurt Suzuki, Ender Inciarte perfectly executed a suicide squeeze play to score Camargo and end the game. This was Familia’s second blown save this week.

Blevins took responsibility for the loss yesterday as he blamed himself for Familia’s early call in the game.

“I feel like that loss is definitely on me. If I do my job there, he probably doesn’t have to come in the eighth inning and he’s fresh and ready to go in the ninth.”

While the starting pitching, outside of Jacob deGrom, has not been doing the bullpen many favors for the bullpen in terms of innings, the pen has been ineffective for much of the past week and last night’s outing was just a microcosm of that.

Blevins has been particularly ineffective as left-handed hitters are hitting a robust .429 off him so far this season, despite the fact that the lefty-specialist held same-handed hitters to a mere .198 average in 2017.

He doesn’t believe anything is wrong or off, despite the ugly stat line thus far.

“I think its just execution. My arm feels great. I’ve seen these guys a ton and their making adjustments and it’s my turn to make the adjustment and we’ll go from here and get better.

While the team will do everything in their power to make sure they don’t repeat this again, AJ Ramos said this on Monday and the statement rings true on Sunday, as detailed by Tim Healey of Newsday.

“This is baseball. We’re going to lose some games. We might pitch like this again.”

Going forward, though, Ramos obviously has higher expectations of themselves.

“As we go on, it’ll be better. It’s going to be more consistent. Right now, it’s been inconsistent with me, but that’s going to change.”

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