As large as his shadow is, manager Buck Showalter wasn’t the biggest absence for the Mets Wednesday night.
The Mets also lacked the starting pitcher that tumbled two gems and an offense that fueled the team’s quick start with timed hits.
They both vanished against the Giants, with Chris Bassitt tapping around early and hitters being outplayed by Carlos Rodon in a 5-2 Giants win that ended the Mets’ three-game winning streak by 30,050 at Citi Field.
Assuming Showalter, who missed the game with a medical procedure, returns as expected Thursday, the Mets (9-4) will go 0-1 without him. After Showalter left, a manager-by-committee with hitting coach Eric Chavez and pitching coach Jeremy Hefner took over the reins.
Perhaps Showalter was missed in the seventh inning when Starling Marte ran into an out on an attempted steal with the Mets down four. But Marte always has the green light anyway.
But the Mets couldn’t do without Bassitt, who conceded a run in his first 12 innings this season. Against a Giants offense largely tamed Tuesday by Mets fielding through 19 innings, Bassitt was in immediate trouble.
Five of the first six Giants hitters made it to base, and before many fans could get their seats, the Mets found themselves in a 3-0 hole. The Giants kept finding holes with a single, a walk, a double and two more singles to provide all the runs they would need all night. The Giants could have scored another goal, but Pete Alonso snagged a safety squeeze from Thairo Estrada and came home for the out.
After Bassitt pitched 25 pitches in the first inning, Brandon Belt hit a home run into the top deck in right field in the second inning. Bassitt settled from there and lasted six innings in which he allowed those four runs with eight hits and a walk. He got stronger as the game lengthened, beating the side in the fifth and providing length after a shaky opening, just like Tylor Megill did on Tuesday.
Reigning NL West champions Giants entered the game as the only team with a better personal ERA than the Mets. After dealing with San Francisco co-ace Logan Webb on Tuesday, the Mets had problems with the other front-of-the-rotation stud.
Rodon was dominant for five innings, in which he hit eight and gave up three hits and two walks. The Mets had a few opportunities they couldn’t capitalize, going 4-0 to Rodon with runners in goal position. The Nos. 7-9 in the Mets lineup — often a strength in the first two weeks — finished the night 0-on-10 with five strikeouts and two walks.
After No. 9 hitter James McCann smelled in the seventh inning, there were boos for the catcher, who went 3-for-25 (.120) in his first nine games of the season.
The Mets avoided their first shutout of the year by getting to the San Francisco bullpen in the seventh inning when Marte blooped a single between three Giants defenders that scored Luis Guillorme. There were runners in the corners for Francisco Lindor, but with the Mets four runs behind, Marte tried to claim second place and was shot out of the inning for the final.
The Mets added another run in the eighth with a Mark Canha RBI single, but they stranded two when Robinson Cano was down and Dominic Smith took on old pal Wilmer Flores at third base.
The Mets were missing a big chunk in their dugout and a big hit, leaving nine on base.
https://nypost.com/2022/04/20/chris-bassitt-has-worst-start-of-season-in-mets-loss-to-giants/ Chris Bassitt had the worst start to the season in the Mets’ loss to Giants