Mets face an early test with a 10-game road trip

Jaime C. Harris | 4/11/2019, 10:38 a.m.
In a rare occurance, Jacob deGrom was off his game Tuesday night at Citi Field.
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In a rare occurance, Jacob deGrom was off his game Tuesday night at Citi Field. The reigning Cy Young winner gave up eight hits and six earned runs in four innings in the Mets’ 14-8 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

“I was all over the place,” deGrom said after the game. “I missed a lot in the middle of the zone.” Home plate umpire Mike Muchlinski also had a tight strike zone, which led to some borderline calls as deGrom tried to be precise on the corners of the plate. The outing ended his MLB-tying record of 26 quality starts.

The Mets went into the second game of their two-game series with the Twins 6-4, having lost three of their last four. They begin a critical 10-day, 11-game road trip tonight in Atlanta versus the Braves, where they play four games before moving on to face the Phillies three games in Philadelphia and then three with the St. Louis Cardinals.

In a role reversal, the Mets’ pitching and not their bats have betrayed in recent losses. Before last night, they had scored five, nine and eight runs in their previous three games, two against the Washington Nationals, but had allowed six, 12 and 14. Overall the staff had given up 51 runs in 10 games and given up 15 homers.

“The ball’s been flying here more than I’ve ever seen,” said Mets manager Mickey Callaway after the Twins hit six home runs and the Mets four on Tuesday night. “A lot of homers have been hit, and it seems like it’s traveling a long way. I don’t know if it’s the atmosphere right now or whatever. But this time of year, the balls don’t usually travel like they are.”

In a rare occurance, Jacob deGrom was off his game Tuesday night at Citi Field. The reigning Cy Young winner gave up eight hits and six earned runs in four innings in the Mets’ 14-8 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

“I was all over the place,” deGrom said after the game. “I missed a lot in the middle of the zone.” Home plate umpire Mike Muchlinski also had a tight strike zone, which led to some borderline calls as deGrom tried to be precise on the corners of the plate. The outing ended his MLB-tying record of 26 quality starts.

The Mets went into the second game of their two-game series with the Twins 6-4, having lost three of their last four. They begin a critical 10-day, 11-game road trip tonight in Atlanta versus the Braves, where they play four games before moving on to face the Phillies three games in Philadelphia and then three with the St. Louis Cardinals.

In a role reversal, the Mets’ pitching and not their bats have betrayed in recent losses. Before last night, they had scored five, nine and eight runs in their previous three games, two against the Washington Nationals, but had allowed six, 12 and 14. Overall the staff had given up 51 runs in 10 games and given up 15 homers.

“The ball’s been flying here more than I’ve ever seen,” said Mets manager Mickey Callaway after the Twins hit six home runs and the Mets four on Tuesday night. “A lot of homers have been hit, and it seems like it’s traveling a long way. I don’t know if it’s the atmosphere right now or whatever. But this time of year, the balls don’t usually travel like they are.”