Recap: A’s 8 – Mets 5

Result: The Mets fell to the A’s 8-5 in the finale of a quick two-game set at Citi Field on Wednesday night.



Need to Know: The Athletics pounced on Zack Wheeler (3-8) for six runs in the first two innings.

Highlights included home runs from Brandon Moss and Coco Crisp, and a three-run double from Yoenis Cespedes.

After scoring 21 runs in two games, the Mets offense was out of gas for the first five innings, but woke up in the sixth when Lucas Duda hit a pinch-hit three-run homer to get the Mets on the board against  A’s starter Brad Mills (1-0). The Mets would weren’t done yet, however, as Chris Young hit his third home run in the last two games, a two-run shot in the eighth to make it 8-5 Oakland.

A’s closer Sean Doolittle would put any comeback hopes to rest with a 1-2-3 ninth inning, striking out the side in the process.


Links: AP Recap Box score


What’s next: The Mets travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates in the first of four on Thursday at 7:05. Daisuke Matsuzaka opposes Vance Worley.




60 comments
Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Well, as Dan Ackroyd used to say (as Leonard Pith-Garnell), "That wasn't so good, was it?" Bottom Line: The A's are not the Marlins. Nice to see the team fight back but did anyone notice they took some terrible AB's after each HR?  And I'm still not convinced that TDA or CY have turned a significant corner. But last night's tater keeps the latter on the roster until well-after the trading deadline. You can actually FEEL Sandy's desperation in trying to prove that at least one of his deals worked-out.

TheJMan
TheJMan

3 meaningless HRs in 2 games 

don't let it cloud your judgement, Mets

cut CY and move on from a bad decision to sign him

he in no way turns your 75-win ball club into a winner

play Lagares every single day and play EY and Campbell in left

Scrubs
Scrubs

I'm not a hater but I have to say I fully expected the Mets to revert to their Jekyll/ Hyde ways. Just didn't think it would be so soon.  Wheeler has been wildly inconsistent but outings like the Miami game leave me very excited about this guy's future.  Now, C Young is another story. This recent spurt is, IMO, just that and I hope the Mets will not hold on to him because of it. I chalk it up to facing-your-old-team adrenaline.  Lagares comes and he should go.

1swunglow
1swunglow

There are the Mets i know & love! Thought i lost you there for a few days, what with all the wins you strung together!

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

Ok, Mets let's make last night's game just a small bump in the road. Play well against a hot Pittsburgh.

Steve Finelli
Steve Finelli

This team cannot get into contention because it can't sustain a significant winning streak.

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

Folks...the A's have the best offense in the AL.  As an opposing pitcher, if you don't have your "A" game, you are going to get the business from them.  Wheeler is having an up and down ROOKIE season.

Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

If Wheeler didn't have the luxury of pitching his home starts in Citifield his ERA would be 5.00 right now

1harris1
1harris1

What an awful start for Wheeler.  So disappointing.


All in all though, can't really complain about a split with the A's.  They had been beating up on everybody of late.

rodd
rodd

I HATE THE INTERRUPTIONS OF THESE VERY ANNOYING BULL ABOUT OTHER TEAMS WHEN I'M TRYING TO SEE  THE GAMES! STOP  KEVIN OR I'LL THROW A TOMATO on HIS FACE.! 

monstah
monstah

Look, the A's are one of the best teams in baseball so the fact that we split with them - I'll take that! Plus the fact that we fought back and closed the gap to three runs is a good sign. Wheeler didn't have his stuff and got rocked (just like Kazmir did last night). I was shocked that TC let Campbell start again and of course - he went 2 for 4 - kudos to Duda by responding with that big pinch hit home run. Too bad Campbell can't play SS!!!

mrgee
mrgee

Please stop the darn "game ball" to an opposing player. I don't care if you give it to Mr Met, an announcer, or whatever, but an opposing player? That's just annoying salt in the wound when we lose.

brrrandooo
brrrandooo

mets just optioned wilmer flores, im so sick of tejada its infuriating

tullydew
tullydew

Wheeler reminds me of AJ Burnett. Untouchable some nights and god awful other nights.

brrrandooo
brrrandooo

Oh Wheeler, why can't he put two good starts together

jsteele1020
jsteele1020

So, Duda hit a 3 run HR? But I thought he only hit when nobody was on base, that's what these "experts" say in here.

Kyle Suta
Kyle Suta

What the hell cerrone? Really? Gameball for an opposing player?

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Momentum is as good as the next day's starting pitcher.  Baseball is unique in that regard. 

Stephen Hanks
Stephen Hanks

Can this site please stop giving "game balls" to opposing players? It's ridiculous and infantile.

ShawnP
ShawnP

@Kevin VanTassell  And to add to that we are taking on Vance Worely,who,I believe we have faired well against in the past.



likeike
likeike

@tullydew Wheeler reminds me of *a first year prospect*. Untouchable some nights and god awful other nights.

brrrandooo
brrrandooo

@tullydew that's been his best comparison, unfortunately its been spot on hopefully he can develop a bit more consistency

metsbb76
metsbb76

@brrrandooo He has put 2 good starts together. Remember he had those 2 bad outings before the complete game. Before that, he had 3 great starts in a row. He's definitely been wildly inconsistent though, which isn't unusual for a developing young pitcher.

hankincolo
hankincolo

@jsteele1020 That's been his modus operandi, but hey, perhaps he's starting to hit with men on base. Now he needs to do it when they're a few runs behind or with the game on the line, late in the game. I will conceed this, he's out-homering Ike and I was hoping they'd keep Ike. 

spelletrader
spelletrader

It's an imaginary prize on a blog for crying out loud. Does that really call for the outrage machine?

Max Denby
Max Denby

@Stephen Hanks It's actually pretty standard.  For example, in the NBA if the home team loses they will the "play of the night" to the opposition.  It's just fair to give the player that helped his team win that night the credit. 

likeike
likeike

@Stephen Hanks how is that infantile? its actually a sign of maturity to realize your opposition's achievements

tullydew
tullydew

Not always true. Look at Harvey last year or Jose Fernandez. Tanaka is a first year prospect this year.

Plus Wheeler had 17 starts last year.

tullydew
tullydew

Well Burnett has had a good career. Just unreliable but a very good #3 starter in the rotation.

monstah
monstah

@hankincolo @jsteele1020 An annoying part of this Mets' team is that there's a few players that only seem to rise up and play energized once their starting job is threatened. Tejada stopped playing like a zombie only once Flores was playing some and hitting. Duda sees Campbell deliver playing first so he gives us a nice 3 run pinch hit homer. CY was getting close to being cut and now he's hitting home runs again. I just wish these guys would do that every damn day. You have the ability to make your living as a pro athlete - and most of them have a very SMALL window of opportunity when they are young enough and healthy enough to do this. But when we've had these losing streaks the team seems devoid of any energy or focus. Please keep playing hard - even though that seems to go against everything TC stands for.

likeike
likeike

@tullydew Tanaka is not a prospect, he is an MLB rookie... huge difference... he played 7 years of pro ball in Japan.   As for Harvey and Fernandez, there will always be prospects that start their career strong, but there are just as many that don't... see Verlander, Maddux, Kershaw..... the list goes on.  My point is it's too soon to say he's Burnett or Harvey.... you'll know in a few more years.

mrgee
mrgee

Or it is a total coincidence over the course of a long season regarding exactly when they have a few good at bats...

spelletrader
spelletrader

There are certainly better things, with both the team and this blog, to be outraged about.

Patrick Scoble
Patrick Scoble

@Stephen Hanks Weren't people complaining when they were giving the "game ball" to Mets players during a loss? If you're going to give a game ball for a loss it may as well be to the best player of that game regardless of team. 

brrrandooo
brrrandooo

@Dr. Jonathan Reefer @brrrandooo It would be really nice to know for example if murphy was traded if wilmer could play second? Or if maybe wright was moved to first his throws keep getting worse and worse that wilmer could play 3rd? Ya know but that would be too logical.  We'll live with tejada and his singles 280 average cieling

tullydew
tullydew

Verlander was very good right from the start. He won ROY. As for Kershaw tough to compare him to Wheeler. He was only 19 when he made is MLB debut. Where was Wheeler at 19? Low A ball?

Tanaka is only 25, Wheeler is 24. Yes he pitched in Japan but they always say the competition over there is on the level of AAA. So yes...he is a 1st year prospect.

tullydew
tullydew

They always said the same thing for years about Burnett. He was good but alway left you wanting more b/c of his stuff.

likeike
likeike

@tullydew Verlander first 32 starts = 3.63 era, 6 k/9.... Wheeler first 32 starts 3.66 era, 8 k/9.


And Tanaka isn't a prospect just because "they say"  the competition is similar to AAA, "they say" isn't a fact whatsoever.

likeike
likeike

@tullydew I agree ERA is a poor stat, and k/9 isn't as good as k% but it's still better than ERA... you got me on ERA mr. tullamore dew... What I am saying, and now i am repeating myself, is that it's too soon to tell what pitcher Wheeler is, especially with stats comparable to those who've gone on to great careers...

Also, award voting is a popularity contest, not actually indicative of talent... e.g. Jeter gold gloves

tullydew
tullydew

Tullamore Dew has a higher K% than Jameson or Bushmills.

likeike
likeike

@tullydew and it's less expensive, better bang for your buck