The New York Mets bullpen has ruined yet another possible win for the team. On Monday evening, as the Mets faced the St. Louis Cardinals, the team actually had a shot at winning. Well, that was until the bullpen came in after the sixth inning and destroyed their chances at picking up their 15th win of the year.
Scott Rice, who’s rarely made any mistakes this year, enabled the Cardinals to score two runs in two-thirds of an inning in the seventh. Rice is in his first year in the MLB after being with 16 different minor league teams over the past few years. He finally made a big league roster, but it’s on one of the worst bullpens in the majors. Besides Rice’s mistakes, Scott Atchinson also allowed three hits and a run in the seventh inning. By the way, he didn’t even record an out. If the Mets want to win, they’re going to have to fix their bullpen. With Jenry Mejia on the 60-day DL, they need a replacement on their roster and as of now, nobody is major league ready in the minors.
Their offense wasn’t too great either. They didn’t even have a hit from the second-seventh inning. The only hit they had after a well played second inning was an eighth inning hit by Daniel Murphy. Rick Ankiel, who was signed early in the day on Monday, started his first game in a Mets uniform after being released by the Houston Astros. How does anyone get released by the Astros is just amazing in itself, but Ankiel has moved on to be a platoon in center field. His offensive struggles continued as he struck out twice and walked once. He wasn’t too well in the field either as he dreadfully missed a diving-catch late in the game which was one of the key reasons why the Cardinals were able to have that big seventh inning to win the game.
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