After a stretch of five straight respectable starts from the Mets rotation — which included his own gem in Pittsburgh on Friday — deGrom was shellacked for seven runs over four innings in a 7-1 loss to the Brewers at Citi Field that snapped his team’s three-game winning streak.
The Mets could have used a performance in which deGrom worked deep into the game, a night after needing 12 innings to beat these Brewers. Instead the game was handed to Josh Edgin in the fifth, and the lefty worked three scoreless innings to save the bullpen from exhaustion.
DeGrom (4-2) struggled with his control, walking five batters and Authentic Byron Scott Womens Jersey allowing eight hits over the four innings, including two home runs. He was removed at 105 pitches after barely remaining in the game to complete the fourth.
Montero gave the Mets a similarly horrific start last Thursday, when he needed 87 pitches to complete three innings in which he allowed three runs to the Padres. Afterward, the Mets mercifully optioned the underwhelming right-hander to Triple-A Las Vegas.
In his previous start, against the Pirates, deGrom became the first Mets pitcher this season to work into the ninth inning. In the 8 1/?-inning performance — which consisted of 118 pitches — he allowed only one run on six hits with 10 strikeouts and one walk.
That outing began a streak for the Mets. Over the next four nights, Zack Wheeler, Matt Harvey, Robert Gsellman and rookie Tyler Pill all had respectable outings, reducing the strain on manager Terry Collins’ beleaguered bullpen.
Wheeler will get the start Thursday, as the Mets (23-28) will attempt to escape with a series victory before the Pirates arrive a day later. In his last start, the righty Wheeler went six innings and allowed three earned runs against the Pirates, receiving a no-decision after Addison Reed blew the save in the ninth.
DeGrom was finished after a hellacious fourth inning in which the Brewers sent eight batters to the plate and scored four runs. Jesus Aguilar’s RBI double put the Mets in a 4-0 hole before Hernan Perez stroked a two-run single. Before the inning was complete deGrom unleashed a wild pitch that helped the Brewers score their fourth run of the inning, on Manny Pina’s RBI ground out.
But the wreckage started early, with Eric Thames’ two-run homer in the first inning after deGrom had walked Eric Sogard leading off the game.
Keon Broxton’s homer leading off the third increased the Mets’ deficit to 3-0. The blast was the sixth allowed by deGrom over his last five starts.
DeGrom’s only scoreless frame was the third, but it was hardly clean inning: The Brewers received two singles before deGrom escaped trouble.
The Mets went quietly against Brewers starter Junior Guerra, who pitched six shutout innings in which he allowed four hits. Rene Rivera’s double leading off the seventh inning was the Mets’ first extra-base hit of the game on a night the previously humming lineup was quiet. The Mets entered play third in the National League in scoring for May, even with Yoenis Cespedes on the disabled list for the entire month.
Michael Conforto stroked an RBI double in the ninth to prevent the Mets from getting shut out.
After the Mets fell to the Brewers in an ugly 7-1 defeat at Citi Field Wednesday night, Mr. Met headed toward the tunnel dejected but not before turning around and flipping the bird to a fan in the stands.
“We apologize for the inappropriate action of this Henry Sims Womens Jersey employee,” the Mets said in a statement. “We do not condone this type of behavior. We are dealing with this matter internally.”
The video of Mr. Met’s angry actions were captured by Tony De Lucia and posted on Twitter where the fan stated he and his friends were leaning over the railing for a high-five and instead received a one-finger salute.
It has been a troublesome season for the Mets both on the field and off of it after entering the year with high expectations. After re-signing Yoenis Cespedes in the offseason and seemingly having an assortment of riches in the rotation, the Mets were considered favorites in the NL East.
Except the good feelings lasted about as long as it took Mr. Met to turn on his own team.
Injuries to Cespedes, Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard have hindered the Mets while below-average performances from veterans such as Curtis Granderson and Asdrubal Cabrera have weighed on fans during the season’s first two months.
With a 23-28 record, the Mets currently reside in second place in a weak NL East but sit eight games back of the division-leading Nationals, which seemed to push the usually cheerful Mr. Met over the edge.