The Mets had not lost a series all season, but that streak sailed when the Seattle Mariners closed out a teeter-totter affair Sunday.
Seattle outslugged Latest York within the rubber match of a three-game set at Citi Field, winning, 8-7. The Mets had multiple possibilities to maintain their streak alive, as a mammoth home run from Francisco Lindor gave Latest York a 1-0 edge in the primary inning. J.D. Davis and Brandon Nimmo each plated two with triples within the fourth, and a near ninth-inning comeback had the Queens crowd in a frenzy. But Pete Alonso went a smidgen too far on a two-out, two-strike checked-swing attempt against the Mariners’ right-handed reliever Diego Castillo, and the sport ended with the bases loaded.
“Sometimes, though it stinks, you only should tip your cap,” Alonso said after the sport. “He executed extremely well, and he beat me. Easy as that.”
Seattle, meanwhile, got the very best of the right-hander Carlos Carrasco, who struggled to manage his slider. He lasted 4 and one-third innings and allowed eight hits, 4 earned runs and one walk. He struck out two.
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While Carrasco ultimately departed with a 5-4 lead, the Mariners’ Mike Ford tagged him for a two-run single within the fourth. Julio Rodríguez, a rookie sensation, then hit a game-tying solo shot off the left-hander Chasen Shreve (1-1) within the sixth inning. Seattle catcher Cal Raleigh proceeded to take the right-hander Drew Smith deep, crushing a two-run, 435-foot shot to right field to make it 7-5. The Mariners tacked on their final, decisive run within the seventh when Jesse Winker, a longtime nuisance to the Mets and their fans, doubled. Rodríguez singled him home.
“That’s an excellent team over there. I’m surprised by their record because they fought us really, rather well this weekend,” Nimmo said of the 16-19 Mariners. “They hit rather well.”
Seattle also won the series opener Friday, 2-1. The Mariners starter Marco Gonzales and the Mets ace Max Scherzer each limited the opposition. Saturday’s game was more of a preview of the offense to are available in the finale, as catcher Patrick Mazeika, called up Friday to exchange the injured James McCann, helped the Mets to a 5-4 win by belting a go-ahead solo homer in the underside of the seventh. That got here after Winker hit a game-tying, three-run homer in the highest of the seventh — and agitated Mets fans by waving to the group as he crossed the plate after a slow trot across the bases.
“I don’t really give it much thought a technique or one other,” Mets Manager Buck Showalter said of Winker’s wave. “Just attempting to get him out. An extended time ago, I learned when things occur on the sphere, I form of look down within the dugout and see if it’s essential to our guys. If it’s essential to them, it’s essential to me. I’m not going to go, ‘Hey try to be upset at that’ or something.”
The Mets, who had previously done no worse than splitting a four-game series with Atlanta from May 2 to 4, are actually 23-13. They continue to be comfortably in first place within the National League East after their first series lack of the season. They went their first 10 series without coming up short.
The record for consecutive series to open a season without losing one is 21, set by the 1946 Boston Red Sox, per MLB.com’s Sarah Langs, via Elias Sports. While the Mets were removed from sniffing that total, they actually took pleasure of their streak.
“We’ve been playing extremely good baseball,” Alonso said. “That’s something really to be pleased with. We’ve had an incredible start. We’ve got to do whatever we will to maintain playing well. It’s been a really fun season to date. We got to get back on the horse tomorrow.”
Joking, Nimmo said: “It’s unlucky to lose the primary series of the 12 months, nevertheless it was probably going to occur in some unspecified time in the future. Got it out of the best way and now we will move forward. You get used to winning. You are available in, you switch the music on, you dance. That’s just what you do while you win more games than you lose. You actually can take it as a right.”
Showalter found joy within the streak as well. Like his players, nonetheless, he highlighted his team’s must move on. He knows that any season, even a successful one, is crammed with streaks, good and bad.
He doesn’t want the Mets to lose sight of that as they prepare for a latest series.
“Even I can do the mathematics of what that may mean,” Showalter, referring to the standings, said when asked if he took pride within the streak. “But we’re on the brink of play the St. Louis Cardinals for 4 games. Winning three games is tough. So I feel it really puts it in perspective, how hard it’s.”
Latest York’s series against the Cardinals, which starts Monday in Queens, will likely be one to control. The 2 teams took exception to just a few hit batsmen and high-and-tight offerings once they squared off in St. Louis from April 25 to 27. Benches cleared in the ultimate game of that series when Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado became enraged at an up-and-in pitch from reliever Yoan López.
Alonso was amongst those hit within the series, taking one to the helmet, and the Mets, the foremost league leaders in hit batsmen, had previously expressed concern over the speed at which they were getting plunked.
“I’ll allow them to handle their players,” Showalter said on the time when asked about Arenado’s response. “I do know our player got hit in the top and went to first base.”