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Schwei's Mets Notes: June Swoon, Blevins Starts, Grand Slams

John Schweibacher
June 26, 2018 - 9:58 am
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The New York Mets' June swoon continues as they now have the fewest wins in the National League and have lost 14 of their last 15 games at Citi Field.

The Mets dropped their seventh in a row, 6-4, to the Pirates Monday night at Citi Field.

The seven-game losing streak is one shy of matching the Mets season-worst eight from May 31st through June 9th. 

The last time the Mets had two losing streaks of seven or more games in the same month was back in September 2003.

The Dodgers completed the three-game sweep of the Mets with an 8-7 win in 11 innings Sunday afternoon.

The Mets allowed seven home runs, all solo shots, in the loss, equaling a club-record for most homers given up in a game. The Mets had never given up seven home runs in a home game.

6/24/18   Dodgers 8 at Mets 7 (11) (Kike Hernandez 2, Cody Bellinger 2, Max Muncy, Joc Pederson and Justin Turner)

4/30/17   Mets 5 at Nationals 23 (Anthony Rendon 3, Matt Wieters 2, Bryce Harper and Adam Lind)

9/8/98     Mets 4 at Phillies 16 (Rico Brogna 2, Bobby Estalella 2, Kevin Sefcik 2 and Marlon Anderson)

6/11/67   Mets 10 at Cubs 18 (Adolfo Phillips 3, Randy Hundley 2, Ron Santo and Ernie Banks)

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Jerry Blevins started the game for the Mets on Sunday in place of the injured Jason Vargas. It was the first major league start for Blevins, who had appeared in 532 career games (187 with the Mets) all in relief.

Here is the list of pitchers who appeared in the most career games for the Mets without ever making a start with the club:

John Franco          695

Pedro Feliciano     484

Armando Benitez  333

Turk Wendell        285

Ron Taylor            269

Doug Sisk             263

Dennis Cook         255

Skip Lockwood     227

Hansel Robles      187

Randy Myers        185

The Dodgers made it two straight over the Mets with an 8-3 victory Saturday night at Citi Field.

Matt Kemp crushed a pinch-hit grand slam off of Robert Gsellman in the top of the 8th inning to break the game open.

The last time the Mets allowed grand slams in consecutive games was back on April 12th and 13th, 2017 when Maikel Franco hit one vs. Hansel Robles in a 5-4 Mets win over the Phillies and Marcel Ozuna connected the next night against Gsellman in a 9-8, 16-inning Mets victory at Miami.

Prior to this series, the Dodgers had only hit two grand slams against the Mets in games played in Flushing:

8/29/04  Robin Ventura vs. Kris Benson

5/28/16  Chase Utley vs. Hansel Robles

6/22/18  Cody Bellinger vs. Zack Wheeler

6/23/18  Matt Kemp vs. Robert Gsellman

The Mets lost the opener of the weekend series vs. the Dodgers, 5-2, Friday night.

Cody Bellinger hit a grand slam against Zack Wheeler to break a scoreless tie in the sixth inning.

It was the second grand slam allowed by the Mets this season. Paul Sewald gave up a bases-loaded homer to the Braves’ Ozzie Albies back on June 12th in Atlanta.

The last grand slam allowed by the Mets at Citi Field was also against Zack Wheeler, as the Cubs’ Ian Happ hit one in the second inning in a 14-3 Chicago win on June 13th, 2017.

The Rockies beat the Mets Wednesday night by the same 10-8 score they did the previous night.

It was just the second time in club history the Mets lost back-to-back games while scoring at least eight runs.

The Mets dropped consecutive games to the Braves by scores of 18-10 and 10-8 at Turner Field back on April 7th and 8th, 2004, in the second and third games of the regular season.

It was also the first time the Mets had scored eight or more runs in three straight games since May 3rd through 6th, 2017, when they beat the Braves 16-5 in Atlanta and the Marlins 8-7 and 11-3 at Citi Field.

The Mets three-game win streak came to an end as the Rockies snapped their eight-game home losing streak, 10-8, last Tuesday night at Coors Field.

Dom Smith made his first major league start in the outfield, playing left field.

As Mets historian Greg Prince noted, with Smith starting alongside Michael Conforto in center field and Brandon Nimmo in right field, it was the first time the Mets starting outfield was made up of players all younger than age 26 since September 24th, 1997 when Butch Huskey (LF), Carlos Mendoza (CF) and Alex Ochoa (RF) did so in a 7-5 win over the Pirates at Shea Stadium.

Happy Recap: What Happens in Vegas. Mets first base prospect Peter Alonso hit three home runs and drove in seven runs for the Las Vegas 51s in a 14-11 win over the Reno Aces this past Saturday night.

Nine Miles of Rough Road: 46 Defense. Tyler Bashlor made his MLB debut in relief in the loss to the Pirates. The Mets have now used 46 players before the end of June, the most in club history.