Mets RHP Corey Oswalt came on Friday to kick off the series against the Marlins, and it was not an unforgettable experience.
Oswalt was given the ball in place of Jacob deGrom who was dealing with a family affair. The Russian had only one appearance with the Mets this season, dating back to April 25th.
It was a good start to his second big race when Oswalt got through a 1-2-3 first inning. The second inning was also pretty quiet as Justin Bour leadoff single wreaked no damage.
Manager Mickey Callaway noted, however, that Oswalt did not set out soon enough, and that would cost him his way.
"I think he had none of his breaking stuff even in the first two innings," Callaway said after the game. "So I think they somehow figured out that he's struggling with just sitting on fastballs and putting a few into play."
The third inning was when the locks for the Marlins opened. Offensive, and Oswalt drowned.
Marlin's Rookie Lewis Brinson started in this game with a solo homer to head the inning. Then, with two runners, J.T. Realmuto went to the left to meet Derek Dietrich for a 2-0.
Starlin Castro would later snap a two-out single, and to shorten the horrendous inning, JT Riddle crashed a three-run homer to widen the game open to the home team. It was then that manager Mickey Callaway strolled to the hill to take the ball from Oswalt.
It was a tricky task for Oswalt, who arrived in Florida late Thursday night to join deGrom a few hours before the start of the game. Callaway has seen it both ways, but that was not the way he wanted to see Oswalt in his first career start.
"It can be a big job," Callaway said. "I've seen it work both ways, I've seen how it helped the boys because there's no further 24 hours to worry if that happens, but tonight it just did not work in his favor." [1
"It has not changed anything," he said. "I went out and tried to attack the zone, I just did not get enough good seats and let go a few balls today."
Overall, Oswalt allowed six earned runs at six hits as he stroked one and two passed 2.2 innings.