New York Mets

Only one out away from victory wasn’t good enough for the New York Mets defense today as they waste Jacob deGrom’s fantastic day.

By Robby Sabo

Much like last night, the New York Mets defense had an opportunity to end the game with an up the middle double-play.

The only problem today, was that shortstop Wilmer Flores bobbled the ball and could only manage a single out. This opened the door for the Atlanta Braves who failed to disappoint.1mets2

Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth, Freddie Freeman hit a single off of of Alex Torres that scored the tying run with two outs. This capped off the two-run inning they needed as they trailed 3-1 entering the final frame.

Then, in the top of the 11th, Cameron Maybin singled to center which scored Andrelton Simmons and Juan Uribe.

Despite a promising start to the bottom of the 11th (men on first and second with no outs), the Mets came up short.

Without closer Jeurys Familia, who needed a maintenance day and who’s wife just gave birth, Hansel Robles came in to close the door. He simply couldn’t get the job done, showcasing how poor this bullpen truly is prior to the ninth-inning.

The other achilles-heel for this club is their defense. Granted, Flores is continuing to tear the cover off the ball (10 home runs on the season), but failing to come up with a routine double-play ball when the opportunity presents itself is unforgivable. This is especially the case with an unknown out there on the mound.

Lost in all the disappointment was the fact that Jacob deGrom’s brilliant start was wasted. deGrom went seven strong innings only surrendering one-run, five-hits and striking out nine.

Instead of starting a nice three-game winning streak, New York falls in a heart-breaker. They’ll look to take the rubber game on Sunday.

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Robby Sabo is a co-founder, CEO and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor - Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. SEO: XL Media. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (Sold in 2020). SEO: XL Media. Email: robby.sabo[at]