Milestone night for Reyes, Collins as Mets hold off Angels
- Author: Julie Sanders May 23, 2017,
May 23, 2017, 12:24
Exhale. Repeat as needed. Although they did win the series, they dropped the series finale to the Angels and have not won a Sunday game since April 9.
NY relievers enter Sunday with a combined 5.10 ERA, the third-worst bullpen mark in the majors, and Mets star closer Jeurys Familia will miss several months after undergoing surgery to fix a blood clot in his shoulder. Sandy Alderson wouldn't even venture a guess as to when Steven Matz, Seth Lugo or Travis d'Arnaud would return when asked about their statuses before the game.
As Mike Trout dipped his right foot across home plate in the second inning of the Angels' 12-5 win over the New York Mets on Sunday, Mets manager Terry Collins rubbed his hand over his mouth, shuffled his feet and hunched over a railing in the dugout.
They're asking players such as Jose Reyes, whose best defensive days are behind them, to make juggling catches, like the one he made in that bases-loaded threat. In the top of the seventh, he walked C.J.
DeGrom had no severe blips like the ones he's had the last three times out, when mid-to-late inning struggles bumped his ERA over 4.
He has yet to record a scoreless outing this season as a starter or a reliever and he hasn't pitched six full innings yet this season.
"Without Albert, guys have got to step up", Trout said.
"Those are the kind of situations where you look back at the time when Buck Showalter walked Bonds with the bases loaded rather than pitch to him", Collins said. "Jake did a tremendous job tonight". "And (Saturday) night, to me, it's a game we've just got to go play".
Conforto added another home run, his third against a left-handed pitcher this season.
Maddon sported a camouflage green T-shirt Friday with those words on it, the latest in a line of shirts Maddon has pushed since arriving in Chicago before the 2015 season. The home-run pitch was just outside the zone. Conforto continues to spray the ball all around the ballpark. The Angels have made the postseason just once in his career, and while his at-bats have increasingly become must-watch TV, most of the nation is in bed when he strides to the plate.
New York Mets' Wilmer Flores his an RBI-double during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Citi Field in New York. Cron connected in his 79th at-bat after hitting 16 homers in each of the last two years.
"He wanted to play", Collins said.
"Right now, Tommy is going to go back out", Collins said. He hit the outside edge with his first fastball and the bottom edge with his second.
Reyes corralled the rebound, then turned to keep the runners stuck at their bases. In his last 10 appearances, Sewald has 14 strikeouts and no walks. I am a better person because of the things I have seen him do as this team has experienced both the great times as a pennant victor and the not so great times-like the recent stretch where injuries combined with poor play have drawn the ire of Mets Twitter. He had already swung at the first pitch twice earlier today. Fortunately for the Mets, Addison Reed was able to limit Trout to a sacrifice fly. Rene called the slider. "And we've got to get them right, so that as we head into the big months of summer". "It seemed like any time I threw the ball over the plate, they were hitting it".
You guessed it, Robles threw a dead fast ball. But most importantly, Terry never uses outside forces (like the media) to do the communicating for him. "More people can come see you". Manager Mike Scioscia said the slugger worked out, felt better and was day to day.
For him and everyone else in the clubhouse.