LOS ANGELES — Crushed and mystified.
That is how the Mets left Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night after an Edwin Diaz meltdown in the ninth inning allowed the Dodgers to come away with a stunning 9-8 victory, a game the Mets led 8-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh.
Certainly, the Mets took notice in their 9-5 loss to the Dodgers on Monday night just how often these Dodgers seemed to guess right at the plate.
Amazin’. That really got the Mets attention.
On Tuesday night it was a different story as the Mets came away with a 7-3 win, but on Wednesday night the Mets watched the Dodgers homer three times in the eighth and ninth innings and score four runs off Diaz in the ninth to come away with the victory.
After Monday’s loss a couple of Mets told The Post they were concerned that the Dodgers were taking some really big swings, almost as if they knew what was coming.
Big swings and few misses.
The Mets believe the Dodgers are so good at either stealing signs, knowing sequencing patterns of pitchers and arm slots via video that they were onto what Mets pitchers were throwing at times.
That point was driven home even harder on Wednesday night.
“I think they have a system that helps them get some signs and stuff,’’ bench coach Jim Riggleman told the Post. “I don’t think it’s anything illegal but I think they just do a good job of picking up things. If you do anything in your delivery that’s different, if your sequences are repetitive. We talked about it. Because they are taking some hefty cuts. They are not getting cheated. We made some pretty good pitches that they got.’’
Mickey Callaway noted, “That’s what the Dodgers do. It appears they know what’s coming but if you execute your pitches you can get them out and you have to throw the ball in to offset some of that.’’
And that was before the meltdown.
Afterward this Mets’ debacle Callaway said of Diaz’ performance, “They just hit him around. His stuff was actually pretty good. They seemed to be on every fastball and Noah (Syndergaard) had great stuff too. These guys,’’ Callaway said of the Dodgers, “they barrel it up somehow. Most teams, (Diaz) wouldn’t have given up a run.’’
Asked if he had any particular theories on how the Dodgers are having such stunning home run hitting success, Callaway quickly answered, “No.’’
Joc Pederson and Max Muncy started the ninth with home runs off Diaz and then after the bases were loaded, Alex Verdugo lifted a sacrifice fly to score Cody Bellinger and set off a wild celebration.
After the two home runs, Bellinger doubled to set the final stage for the incredible comeback. The Dodgers simply destroyed Diaz and certainly crushed the Mets psyche in the process.
“Today was easily the worst game of my career,’’ Diaz said through a translator. “I thought I threw excellent pitches. I was throwing the ball where I wanted to, and they just got me.’’
Asked by the Post if he had any explanation on how the Dodgers could be on so many pitches, Diaz said, “No, they just hit everybody well. We all did our job. We executed pitches that we thought were good pitches but they’re just hitting everybody so we’ll just have to look into that.’’
The Mets wasted four home runs, two by Pete Alonso and back-to-back home runs by Amed Rosario and Dom Smith.
Veteran Todd Frazier said the Dodgers are a handful.
“We have to change them up, just have a conscious effort of understanding when (the Dodgers) have a guy on second base,’’ Frazier said. “You have to focus not only on the batter but making an adjustment with the signs and also pitch backwards.’’
“Hitters are swinging in zones right now,’’ one scout explained. “That’s why you are seeing so many home runs and so many strike outs. They expect the pitch to be in a certain area and they are letting it fly.’’
Credit the Dodgers hitters, their approach is allowing them to know what to look for and when to pummel.
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