|Cincinnati Reds (61-82)||1||4||0|
|New York Mets (63-79)||6||9||0|
|W: Montero (5-9) L: Bailey (4-8)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–The Reds have scored a grand total of four runs in these three games in New York, all losses. That’s nine straight losses at Citi Field. Ugh.
–Everyone on earth — with the obvious exception of Bryan Price — knew that it was a bad idea to send Homer Bailey back out to the mound for the seventh inning. The Reds were down 3-1, so they still had a fighter’s chance. Bailey was up to 96 pitches on the night, and had surrendered three hits and a walk in the previous two innings. He’d pitched a fine game –six innings, three runs — he’s continuing to improve in his comeback from injury, and Price was playing with fire by leaving him in the game.
Homer promptly hit the first batter of the seventh inning with a pitch. The Mets then sent Jacob deGrom, a pitcher, to the plate to pinch hit. Presumably, deGrom was up there to lay down a sac bunt, but he was unable to get that done — because Bailey walked the pinch-hitting pitcher.
Michael Lorenzen came in at that point and soon both of those runs scored (thanks partially to a double that would have been caught in the air by most center fielders, but Scott Schebler couldn’t pull in). It turned a good start for Homer into a sub-par one, and the game was out of reach.
–Some nights, it seems like this is a season that will never end. Whatever. It’s not like we’re going to turn this into a Mets-focused site or something silly like that. Let’s just hope for better things tomorrow (and in 2018).