ANAHEIM — Carlos Carrasco and the Mets acquired the Mike Trout particular and the Shohei Ohtani therapy of their 11-6 loss to the Angels on Saturday evening.
Of the 9 hits Carrasco allowed to Los Angeles, 5 of them got here off the bat of Trout and Ohtani. Trout, the perennial All-Star and MVP candidate, returned to the lineup on Saturday after his three days sidelined due to a groin damage. Though Carrasco struck him out swinging on a nasty splitter in his first at-bat of the evening, Trout — the eight-time Silver Slugger winner — cranked a 425-foot dwelling run off him of their subsequent assembly, and a double of their ultimate one.
“Obviously you don’t like it, but you shouldn’t feel like they’re picking on you,” Buck Showalter mentioned of Trout and Ohtani. “They’ve been doing it to a lot of people.”
For good measure, Trout added one other dwelling run, this time a two-run blast, off reliever Jake Reed within the sixth. The closest factor the Mets must a participant like Trout is sitting on the injured checklist and his hitting days are over. But what Jacob deGrom can do each fifth day, when he’s wholesome, remains to be an unfair comparability to Trout, who hits on daily basis and has been lighting up baseball since his 2012 rookie season.
Ohtani was additionally a headache for Carrasco all evening. The pitcher/hitter specialist was solely the latter on Saturday, and he made his presence felt in each at-bat. Ohtani collected a double and a single off Carrasco earlier than crushing a two-run dwelling run off the right-hander within the fifth inning, one which broke the sport open for the Angels and gave them a five-run lead. The reigning AL MVP pitched on Thursday towards the Red Sox, so the Mets is not going to must face Ohtani on the mound this weekend. As it’s, going through him within the batter’s field is lots troublesome sufficient.
“I just left those pitches right over the middle,” Carrasco mentioned. “I just gotta tip my hat. Those two guys are the best in baseball.”
Sometimes, there’s simply nothing even an excellent veteran pitcher like Carrasco can do towards the very best hitters in baseball. And Saturday was a kind of nights. But the fact remains to be a tough capsule to swallow for the Mets followers who’ve been maintaining a detailed eye on the NL East standings.
In simply over per week, the Mets’ 10.5-game lead over the division has been minimize in half (5.5).
“I think we pay attention to the way we play here,” Carrasco mentioned of the remainder of the NL East. “We just don’t try to think about those games. We just gotta continue to play hard and just take care of everything here and everything’s coming together.”
The defending champion Braves, who captured their tenth consecutive victory on Saturday, are enjoying full baseball and might’t cease profitable. The Phillies, earlier than and after firing supervisor Joe Girardi, are within the midst of a nine-game profitable streak.
The Amazin’s are 4-5 on their west coast street journey. Their sequence finale on Sunday will give them the chance to separate their lengthy journey towards the Dodgers, Padres and Halos by going .500. But if they will’t come on high within the rubber match, then their tour of Southern California begins to look just a little completely different.
The Mets (39-22) don’t have to be reminded what collapsing out of first place appears like — they only did that final season. At least Steve Cohen, who celebrated his birthday on Saturday by watching a recreation he’d moderately overlook, is within the driver’s seat. There remains to be loads of season left, and loads of assets within the proprietor’s suite to provide these 2022 Mets the push they want.