Zach Lee made his MLB debut today and pitched the Dodgers to a 15-2 loss to the Mets in a disaster of a debut.
Lee had quite the welcoming party to the MLB, as the first four batters reached via a walk and three singles. Lee only got his first out on a liner into the shift, and then allowed two more singles before inducing a double play for a total of four runs in his first MLB frame. To be fair to Lee, out of the five singles, three weren’t hit hard at all and one was a double play ball that Lee should’ve let go. Counter-point: it was the Mets, and they made Ian Thomas look like Cole Hamels last night.
Lee sat 89-91 mph for most the night, featuring a cutter, change, and curve. As expected, none of the pitches were of the swing-and-miss variety, and he’ll depend a lot on pitch mixing and location. The curve looked above-average, while the other two off-speed pitches were fringy at best. The fastball, in particular, was straight and hittable even when he was hitting his spots.
At the end of his night, Zach lasted 4 2/3 innings, giving up 11 hits (and one walk) and seven runs. The rest of the bullpen was also a dumpster fire, as evidenced by the nine runs given up after Lee exited.
Matt Harvey might not have been at his best again, but he pitched a solid game and the offense was limited to solo homers from Jimmy Rollins and Joc Pederson.
But hey, at least this keeps the Mets above .500 no matter what happens tomorrow, thus improving the Dodgers record against winning teams. Big picture, folks.
Life is pain.