The ninth inning has not been kind to the New York Mets during their most recent road trip. They have lost three of the four games in walk off fashion and it happened again Tuesday night against the Chicago White Sox.
The Mets sent young stud Zach Wheeler to the mound for his second start in is major league career. Once again, Wheeler had some control issues and walked three batters. He fell behind batters frequently and threw a lot of pitches. He also gave up his first career run in this game. Wheeler went five and 1/3 with four hits and four runs allowed.
The Mets got off to a fast start against Chris Sale and scored two in the first inning but could not sustain the lead. Sale settled after that only giving up a home run to Andrew Brown. He ended up striking out 13 in eight innings.
The Mets tied the game in bizarre fashion in the top of the ninth. With David Wright on second base, Daniel Murphy popped one up in the infield. Three White sox players converged and the ball dropped in the middle. Wright came around to score and the Mets tied the game on a crucial error.
One of the many Achilles heels for the Mets this season has been their atrocious bullpen. Once again their brutal bullpen could not get the job done. After walking the first batter Latroy Hawkins botched a bunted ball that gave the White Sox first and second with nobody out. After the runners moved over and with two outs Alexei Ramirez ripped a single that gave the White Sox the 5-4 walk-off win.
The Mets are clearly not going to the playoffs this year. But if they want to be contenders once again they must find a way to fix their bullpen.