In the 13th inning Thursday, Mets reliever Carlos Torres walked the leadoff man, Ian Desmond, then surrendered a walk-off, two-run home run to Bryce Harper.
Torres, 26, has given up eight earned runs, including five home runs, in his last eight innings pitched spanning seven appearances.
“He’s just having a tough time keeping it in the park,” Terry Collins said after Thursday’s loss.
Torres walked just 1.77 batters per nine innings in 33 appearances last season for the Mets.
“Realistically, I don’t think the hits are as much of a problem as the walks,” Torres said (ESPN, Aug. 8). “I think that’s the bigger problem than the hits themselves. Nonetheless the hit cost us the game today. The team played extremely well. They did everything they could do for 12 innings. I didn’t give them a chance to make a play.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Hey, here’s a thought, Terry, maybe Torres is burned out from being used every other day? Just a thought. He leads the league in relief appearances this season, and pitched in nearly half of the games he was able to enter last year.
Anyway, Torres is right, he has been walking people at a higher rate over the last seven appearances. However, that has been a problem for him all season. Torres was averaging three walks per nine innings prior to mid-July, now four or so since. In fact, he walked three batters during the first two games of this season and we all, myself included, dismissed it as uncharacteristic of Torres because of how few people he walked in 2013. Turns out, perhaps that first series was a tale of things to come, because bases-on-balls have been an issue for him all year. The difference between this past few weeks, compared to the previous three months, is that he’s giving up a terrifying number of home runs all with men on base.