From MLB’s Gameday. The second pitch on the outside part of the plate is the pitch Troy Tulowitzki hit for a home run in the fifth inning of last night’s game. It was a cutter. Jon Niese left it a little bit up, but it’s also outside, and maybe even gets called a ball. The point being: it wasn’t a terrible pitch. It wasn’t a great pitch, but it wasn’t a terrible pitch, either. Tulowitzki, who just so happens to be a great hitter, reached out and poked to the short corner in the opposite field. That happens sometimes.
And that, more or less, sums up the Mets’ problems right now. They’re not playing terribly, but they’re not playing great either. This leaves them little margin for error. So when one or two things don’t go their way, or a great hitter hits a decent pitch, they lose. But those little things eventually start to even out. The pitching, the bullpen especially, has been bad — they’re allowing 5.73 runs per game — but there’s also no way it will be this bad all year. It’s a long season: the pitching will get a little better, some balls will roll the Mets way, and everything will look up again.
At the very least, the Mets only have to see Troy Tulowitzki three more times after today.