Mets takeaways from Monday’s 4-3 loss to Rangers, including wasting Tylor Megill’s gem

May 18, 2023; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Tylor Megill (38) pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning at Citi Field.
May 18, 2023; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Tylor Megill (38) pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning at Citi Field. / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets were defeated by the Texas Rangers 4-3 in the series opener on Monday night at Citi Field.

Here are some takeaways…

Tylor Megill took the ball for the Mets and was able to bounce back after putting together a shaky performance against the Braves his last time out. The righty got off to a good start early on in this one, striking out three over two scoreless innings. He picked up another K in the third and was helped out by his defense, as Rafael Ortega made a pair of nifty sliding catches in left field.

– After his strong start, the Mets handed Megill a lead to work with. Brandon Nimmo jumped on a fastball and crushed a two-run home run to deep right in the third, snapping a brutal 0-for-21 stretch. Two innings later, DJ Stewart smacked a solo home run into the Rangers bullpen, giving him seven on the season. Six of those long balls have come over his last 15 games to go along with a stellar 1.021 OPS.

– Megill kept cruising and responded with a shutdown inning each time the Mets scored, sandwiching another zero in between in the fifth. He ran into some trouble in the sixth, as back-to-back hits leading off the inning put two on with no one out. The righty rolled a double play ball and almost worked out of the inning, but an Adolis Garcia double brought home Texas’ first run of the game.

Megill rebounded to strikeout Robbie Grossman on a 96 mph fastball, ending his night on a high note. He allowed just the one run on five hits while walking one and striking out a season-high eight in the no-decision.

Sean Reid-Foley entered behind him and continued his strong return to the big-league club with a perfect seventh inning. He’s now put together 3.1 scoreless innings since being recalled from Triple-A.

Brooks Raley ran into some trouble in the eighth, though, as a walk followed by a double put two on with just one out. After Sam Coonrod entered and issued a walk to load the bases, Texas added another run on a fielders choice. The hard-throwing righty was able to get J.P. Martinez to fly out, though, keeping the one-run lead heading to the ninth.

– With Adam Ottavino unavailable, Buck Showalter turned to Trevor Gott in the ninth. The righty also struggled, allowing the first two batters to reach on a single and double. After rebounding to strikeout the next two batters, Gott walked Seager intentionally to load the bases. He fell behind Nathaniel Lowe 2-1 and the lefty lined a two-run single to right, putting the Rangers ahead for the first time in the game.

Francisco Alvarez came off the bench and drew a walk, but the Mets’ offense went down quietly in the bottom of the ninth against Jose Leclerc as they dropped the series opener of this three-game set in frustrating fashion.

Francisco Lindor finished 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts, bringing his hitting streak to an end at 13 games. Jeff McNeil and Pete Alonso were also held hitless, going a combined 0-for-7 on the night. 

Highlights

Upcoming schedule

The Mets and Rangers continue their three-game series on Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

LHP Jose Quintana (1-5, 3.73 ERA) will pitch for New York, opposed by fellow LHP Andrew Heaney (9-6, 4.34 ERA).

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