The Mets offense is a joke. It is just that simple. They managed just two hits over the first seven innings and Jacob deGrom dug a hole too deep for the Mets to get out of as they lost to the Cardinals Monday night.
deGrom ran into some trouble in the bottom of the first. A walk and two singles plated a run with one out. However deGrom was able to limit the damage by getting an inning ending double play.
The Mets tied the game in the third. Ruben Tejada led off with a single and deGrom, batting in the eight slot, the first time a Mets starting pitcher has not batted ninth, sacrificed him to second. Eric Young, just back from the disabled list, hit a grounder to short. The throw from Jhonny Peralta got past the first baseman. It was ruled a hit but Tejada and Young went to third and second, respectively, on the throwing error. Tejada scored on a sacrifice fly by Curtis Granderson. Young went to third on a wild pitch but after Daniel Murphy walked, David Wright struck out to strand Young there.
Three singles by the Cardinals in the bottom of the inning gave St. Louis a 2-1 lead. It could have been worse if not for Allen Craig getting thrown out at home on yet another single to end the inning.
The Mets had a chance to score in the fourth, but of course, they could not. Bobby Abreu led off with a walk. Lucas Duda doubled to move Abreu to third. With one out Tejada was intentionally walked to load the bases. But deGrom hit a liner that the drawn-in second baseman caught and Eric Young struck out to end the inning.
But deGrom could not escape in the fifth. With one out Jon Jay doubled. Matt Holliday singled to bring him home to make it 3-1. Craig followed with a double to make it 4-1. Matt Adams then tripled to bring home Craig to extend the lead to 5-1. After Yadier Molina walked, Peralta singled to make it 6-1 and chase deGrom from the game. Dana Eveland came in and got the final two outs to end the inning.
So deGrom went 4.1 innings, allowing six runs on a whopping 12 hits. He walked two and struck out two. He is now 0-4 and his once sterling ERA has now tarnished to 4.39.
The Mets pitiful offense woke up a bit in the eighth. With one out Murphy and Wright each singled to put runners on first and third with one out. Pinch hitter Chris Young actually singled to drive in Murphy to make it 6-2. But Duda struck out and Matt den Dekker grounded out.
Mets lose 6-2.