Mets’ beginning pitching drawback rears its head once more

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ST. LOUIS — Jacob deGrom reported excellent news Saturday on his sore elbow, however with out him, the Mets’ beginning pitching depth failed once more.

Chris Flexen, known as up from Triple-A Syracuse for the spot begin with deGrom hitting the injured record, couldn’t make it by means of 5 innings because the Mets bought tagged by the Cardinals in a 10-2 loss at Busch Stadium.

The 24-year-old Flexen, making his season debut, struggled by means of 4 ¹/₃ innings — giving up six runs, 5 earned, on seven hits and 4 walks. He had struck out 18 in 12 innings at Syracuse this season however didn’t fan any Cardinals on Saturday.

The Mets’ beginning rotation had already entered the day with a 5.34 ERA, however their depth choices haven’t fared a lot better. Flexen turned the primary call-up to earn a begin, however their different depth items, Drew Gagnon and Corey Oswalt, have mixed to permit 10 earned runs in 9 innings of reduction appearances.

Flexen had an 8.45 ERA in 18 video games with the Mets over the previous two seasons, however got here into spring coaching this yr in higher form, having misplaced round 30 kilos.

“We simply noticed a extra mature particular person on the mound that’s carried out all the pieces he can to make himself be one of the best he could be,” supervisor Mickey Callaway mentioned earlier than the sport. “We’re wanting ahead to him getting on the market right this moment and retaining us within the sport and doing what a starter ought to do.”

After retiring the primary 4 batters he confronted, Flexen bumped into bother within the second inning. Jose Martinez and Yadier Molina hit back-to-back singles and moved over to second and third on a weak floor out by Dexter Fowler. The Mets selected to deliberately stroll Kolten Wong to load the bases with two outs and produce pitcher Miles Mikolas to the plate, however it backfired.
Flexen’s first pitch to Mikolas bought by means of the legs of Wilson Ramos for a handed ball, bringing in a single run. Then Mikolas singled again up the center, scoring two extra runs for the 3-Zero lead.
The Cardinals piled on within the third inning. Paul DeJong led off with a double to the left-field nook and Marcell Ozuna adopted with a full-count stroll. Martinez singled house DeJong earlier than Molina hit a sacrifice fly to attain Ozuna and make it 5-0.

Flexen briefly settled down from there, saving the bullpen quickly by recording six extra outs, however the injury was already carried out. He exited with one out within the fifth inning after the deficit grew to 6-Zero on an RBI single by Molina.

Luis Avilan and Jacob Rhame didn’t fare a lot better in reduction, permitting the Cardinals to tack on three extra runs within the sixth inning for the 9-Zero benefit.

The Mets struggled to the touch Mikolas, who entered the day with a 6.00 ERA and .282 opponent’s batting common by means of 4 begins. As a substitute, he reverted to his 2018 All-Star kind, permitting simply two singles by means of six innings earlier than the Mets lastly bought to him within the seventh.

Jeff McNeil turned the quickest Met to achieve 100 hits — doing so in 291 at-bats, beating Moises Alou’s document of 294 — with an infield single. He got here round to attain on Amed Rosario’s triple that made it 9-1.

Paul Sewald offered the ultimate inning of mop-up responsibility and Paul Goldschmidt took him deep for a solo house run to offer the ultimate rating of 10-2.

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