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Why is Luis Rojas suspended?

Luis Rojas was suspended for two games following his ejection and on-field antics in Sunday's win over the Pirates. Major League Baseball announced that in addition to the suspension, which was the result of “excessive arguing,” Rojas was also fined an undisclosed amount. New York Daily NewsMets' Luis Rojas suspended 2 games for ‘excessive arguing’ with umps

Why was Mets manager suspended today?

CINCINNATI (AP) — New York Mets manager Luis Rojas was suspended Monday for two games and fined for excessive arguing with umpires, an outburst that followed a bizarre play a day earlier at Pittsburgh. Rojas was to begin serving his suspension Monday night at Cincinnati. He said he was not offered the chance to appeal. Associated PressMets manager Rojas suspended 2 games for outburst

After Edwin Diaz blew his third consecutive save, a first for the closer in his six-year career, the Mets rallied to beat the Reds, 15-11, in a four-hour and 45-minute, extra-innings marathon at the Great American Ballpark. Every day it’s someone different, the Mets have preached throughout their first 90 games of the year. Sometimes it’s a just-called-up minor leaguer providing the big blast. Other times it’s the collective performance from the bullpen keeping the Mets in first place. On Monday, it was the offense that played hero.

“It started on day one in spring training,” Kevin Pillar said. “It just felt like there was this culture change, this environment, all we talked about was winning. And whatever it takes to win.”

The Mets (49-42) took the lead for the fourth and final time in the 11th inning after Kevin Pillar mashed a three-run home run and Michael Conforto went back-to-back with a solo shot. The Amazin’s combined for a season-high seven home runs on Monday as they picked up their taxed pitching staff and just kept on crushing at the plate.

Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, Conforto (twice), Dominic Smith, James McCann and Pillar all homered in the hitter-friendly stadium that Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen perfectly described as “The Great American Bandbox.” Though the Mets did not anticipate it would take them 15 runs to best the Reds, the offense worked hard to overcome the club’s poor defensive performance. Of the 11 runs the Mets’ pitching staff allowed, only four were earned.

“There’s not one guy in that clubhouse that’s worried about his own personal wellbeing,” McCann said. “First and foremost, everyone puts the team first. It’s one of those cultures that has been created since day one in spring training. It’s something that Luis [Rojas] preaches. It’s something the veterans in this clubhouse preach. It’s a buy-in to this culture or you’re really not going to fit in. Every single guy that walks through those clubhouse doors has bought in. And it makes it a lot of fun to show up to the ballpark every day.”

Anthony Banda, making his Mets debut and the latest to “buy in” to the Mets’ all-or-nothing mentality, received the win for his terrific 1.1-inning effort in a tough spot. Banda’s outing came right after Diaz, who is having a nightmare month, wiped all the momentum away in the ninth. Diaz has given up seven earned runs in his last three save appearances.

The closer was called on for what would have been final three outs with a one-run lead in the ninth, and Diaz couldn’t complete the job in a dreadful trend that dates back to July 11 in the Mets’ final game before the All-Star break. He was 19-for-20 in save opportunities before a trio of disastrous outings, shades of his 5.59 ERA debut season with the Mets in 2019.

No matter for the Mets, a club that has faced its share of adversity in a wild 2021 season. McCann was prepared to dig his team out of yet another hole. In the eighth inning, he came off the bench and mashed a pinch-hit, go-ahead, two-run home run to give the Mets a one-run lead. After Diaz’s botched ninth inning, McCann came up to the plate in the top of the 10th and again drove in the go-ahead run, this time on an RBI single.

The Mets’ eventual victory on Monday was hardly a sure thing after a back-and-forth game with four errors committed by their defenders, including three from Luis Guillorme alone. They trailed Cincinnati by four runs after the second inning before chipping away with dinger after dinger to complete their 18th come-from-behind win this year. And manager Luis Rojas wasn’t even allowed in the dugout to watch it.

A week ago, Mets bench coach Dave Jauss was throwing to two-time Home Run Derby champion Pete Alonso at Coors Field. And in the last 36 hours, Jauss has been at the helm for 17 innings. Monday was Jauss’ first time managing the Mets, officially, after he yanked a fired-up Rojas away from umpire Jeremy Riggs in the first inning Sunday and then took over against the Pirates. Rojas on Monday served the first of his two-game suspension for “excessively arguing” with umpires, as MLB announced.

“This team, that grinded through again, and won again, it’s nice to be here in that situation,” Jauss said. “The front office down to the manager, down to the coaching staff, the trainers, and then the players, that clubhouse, that dugout, that group of people, have a bond that they are together.”

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