Mets break out in rout of Blue Jays

Paola Ditto
Mag 17, 2018

The Jays added three more in the sixth.

Smoak sparked the breakout performance by smashing a homer to right off Zack Wheeler (2-3) in the first inning.

Wheeler fell apart after the delay.

I'm sure the delay threw off his rhythm, but there is no excuse for such a thing to completely derail a start to the extent it did.

Happ has spent a fair amount of time in the National League in his career and has made 10 appearances against the Mets, eight of them starts. That's a month's worth of horrific play which includes, nearly unfathomably, zero back-to-back wins in that span.

0-7 in their last 7 interleague games vs. a team with a winning record.

NY is 2-10 in its last 12 games at Citi Field after opening the season winning six of seven. Eduard Pinto of the Dunedin Blue Jays is Florida State League (single-A advanced) player of the week (.476, 10-21, 2-2B, HR, 3 RBI) while Lansing Lugnuts' Kevin Smith is Midwest League (single-A) player of the week (.500, 12-24, 5-2B, 1-3B, 4 RBI).

Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs over six innings in a no decision against the Rockies on Sunday.

The Mets were shut out seven times last season.

Martin didn't get any action in his half inning of work as Wilmer Flores grounded into a 5-4-3 double play and Jay Bruce lined out to first base. The bullpen has a 3.80 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 8.9 K/9.

NY placed outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hip flexor, retroactive to Monday. Evans was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas and started in left field. He struck out three times.

The Mets (20-19) are off Thursday before beginning a three-game series against the N.L. West-leading Diamondbacks (25-17) on Friday night at Citi Field at 7 p.m. on SNY.

Given the way the Blue Jays starters have pitched this season, they'd gladly take an outing like that, but whether it's worth undoing everything since 2013 for it is another matter. Syndergaard's ERA looks great but he has averaged a hit per inning and has not had that dominant game yet this season. DeGrom has faced Arizona once in his career and that came in 2015 when he allowed two runs over seven innings while striking out 10 to pick up the win. The right-hander has surrendered four or more runs four times in 2018, including three times in his last four starts, during which he has a 5.09 ERA.

That kind of stuff creates all kinds of margin for error, and Syndergaard needed it, as he allowed a two-run single to Yangervis Solarte in the third that put the Blue Jays up 2-1.

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