Mets Avoid Disaster Despite Losing Second Series of the Season

A massive ninth inning for the Mets helped the team avoid being swept for the second straight series.
Apr 4, 2024; New York City, New York, USA;  New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) slides
Apr 4, 2024; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) slides / Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets are currently in the basement of the MLB with a 1-5 start but things could be on the up and up after an emotional walk-off win. The team lost two close games in extra innings while winning game three despite being no-hit for seven innings.

Sean Manaea dazzled in his first start of 2024 in game one, pitching six innings and allowing just one hit while striking out eight. Jorge Lopez, Brooks Raley, and Edwin Diaz combined for three innings of scoreless relief.

The only issue was the Mets weren't able to score a run through nine sending the game to extra innings. A Joey Wendle error made a bad situation worse, allowing the Tigers to eventually score five in extras while the Mets couldn't score.

The Series would then resume on Thursday after two days of rain in New York with Adrian Houser making his debut. The Mets' extra-inning woes would continue as the team was unable to score in the tenth after holding the Tigers scoreless.

The decision by Carlos Mendoza to have Brett Baty bunt in the tenth was awful as Baty managed to reach base three times prior. Michael Tonkin would pick up his second loss in back-to-back games allowing three runs in the 11th.

The final game of the series looked like a disaster as the Mets were no-hit through seven innings making it 13 straight innings without a hit. Harrison Bader brought an empty Citifield back to life with a bloop single to break up the no-hit bid. The ninth inning was filled with drama as Pete Alonso hit a game-tying home run followed by a Brett Baty walk, and a Sterling Marte sacrifice bunt which led to Tyrone Taylor walking the game off with a base hit.

WATCH: Walk-Off For Tyrone Taylor for the Mets Win

The pitching staff deserves a ton of credit as Jose Butto pitched six innings of one-run baseball followed by three innings of scoreless relief by Reed Garrett.

The Mets' offense needs to pick it up as the group continues to let down the great efforts of the pitching staff. Francisco Lindor, Jeff McNeil, and Brandon Nimmo are a combined 3-55 accounting for a majority of the team's offensive struggles. The pitching staff was the major concern entering the year and so far they've given the Mets a chance in nearly every game with a combined 3.16 ERA. Francisco Alvarez continues to be the team's hottest hitter with a .400 batting average across 20 at-bats.

Go Win A Series Now

After an emotional win to avoid an 0-6 start, it's time for the Mets to go win a series. The team will take on the Reds in a three-game series this weekend as the rotation turns back over. The Reds are coming off two impressive series wins over the Nationals and Phillies bringing momentum into the series. The rotation will need a solid effort from Jose Quintana in game one as the Mets bullpen is a little beat up with the doubleheader. The Mets desperately need an offensive explosion and we can only hope it comes in this series.

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