Mets' Manager Mendoza Praises Bullpen, Criticizes Quintana AfterLossto Rays

The New York Mets lost 4-2 to the Tampa Bay Rays, with starter Jose Quintana struggling and the bullpen delivering a strong performance. Manager Carlos Mendoza praised the bullpen and rookie Christian Scott's MLB debut, but expressed frustration with the loss.

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Mets' Manager Mendoza Praises Bullpen, Criticizes Quintana AfterLossto Rays

Mets' Manager Mendoza Praises Bullpen, Criticizes Quintana AfterLossto Rays

New York Mets' manager Carlos Mendoza expressed frustration after the team's 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday. While praising the bullpen's strong performance, Mendoza criticized starter Jose Quintana's disappointing outing.

Quintana struggled on the mound, pitching just 4.1 innings and allowing three runs on six hits and two walks. "He didn't have his best stuff today," Mendoza said of Quintana's performance. "When your starter doesn't give you a chance to win, it's tough."

In contrast, the Mets' bullpen delivered an impressive showing, pitching 3.2 scoreless innings in relief of Quintana. "The bullpen did a great job," Mendoza praised. The relief corps allowed only two hits while striking out five batters.

Adrian Houser, who took over for Quintana, was a bright spot, tossing 2.1 scoreless frames. "Houser came in and did a great job," Mendoza commended the right-hander's effort. Houser surrendered just one hit and fanned three batters.

The game also featured the MLB debut of Mets' prospect Christian Scott, who impressed in his first outing. The young pitcher threw a scoreless eighth inning, striking out two batters. "Scott came in and threw the ball well," Mendoza noted, acknowledging the rookie's promising performance.

Despite the strong efforts from the bullpen and Scott's debut, Mendoza couldn't hide his disappointment with the loss. The defeat marked the Mets' second straight, as they continue to navigate a challenging stretch of their schedule. The team will look to regroup and bounce back in their upcoming games, aiming to get back in the win column.