While most of the country had Monday off, the Mets were scheduled to take on the Miami Marlins. Unfortunately, they didn't get that memo as their pitiful season reached a new level of incompetency. The Mets made 6 errors (yes, you read that correctly) en route to a sloppy 9-6 loss at the hands of their division foes.
Zack Wheeler, who has dominated the Fish in the early stages of his young career slogged through his outing, throwing a ridiculous 114 pitches in just 4.2 innings. While he struck out 8, the hard throwing right-hander walked 2 and allowed a long home-run to Giancarlo Stanton in the 1st inning, his 34th of the year. He would allow a second earned run an inning later on a Marcell Ozuna RBI triple to deep center.
Henderson Alvarez took to the mound for Miami but made an early exit in the third inning after suffering an oblique injury. Despite the loss of their starter, the Marlin's bullpen managed to scrape out the win, thanks to the Mets inability to make routine plays on defense all afternoon.
Travis d'Arnaud and David Wright made one error apiece while rookies Jeurys Familia and Dilson Herrera made two each in what Terry Collin's described as a poor excuse for a major league baseball game. “I’m not sure I can say it publicly,” Collins said about sharing his true thoughts on the error total. “It wasn’t just that. A lot of phases of the game weren’t very good.”
The error total fell one shy of matching the franchise record. Three of Monday’s errors came in a decisive three-run eighth inning in which the Marlins produced only one hit.
While Jeurys Familia has been a revelation for the Mets on the mound, his inabilty to field the ball has grown worrisome. His .813 fielding percentage would be far worse were it not for impressive scoops and pickups by Lucas Duda and Ruben Tejada throughout the season. Seemingly anytime Familia is tasked with throwing the ball towards a bag, it is in the dirt, the outfield, or anywhere but his target's glove.
If there was any bright spot in yesterday's meltdown, it was Dilson Herrera's bat. The 20-year-old Colombian infielder may not look menacing given his 5'10" 160 lb. frame, but he proved that he can pack a punch. He walloped his first career home run as well as his first career triple while accumulating 3 RBIs in his fourth career game. Through the 4 games, Herrera is batting .308 with 1 HR and 4 RBIs. With his two hits yesterday, Herrera has the same number of extra base hits as David Wright since the all-star break...
Though Terry Collins remained adamant after the game that the errors were a result of poor execution and not a lack of effort, the Mets have reached unacceptable levels of incompetency this season. Given the notion that this roster was supposed to win 90 games in GM Sandy Alderson's estimation during spring training, I cannot fathom how the beleaguered manager will be back for 2015. Yet there seems to be a relationship between Alderson and Collins that goes beyond wins and losses. So we will see what happens going forward, but for the time being it is hard to imagine Collins is going anywhere soon despite the sputtering performance of his ball club.