The past week for the Mets ended just like how the week started. In short, it was a disaster.
Sunday May 7th, all of the Matt Harvey drama began. Some fans then turned (almost) optimistic after hearing the progress Tim Tebow has been making. The tide turned for the worse once more, after the New York Mets were swept by the Milwaukee Brewers on the road.
Now, yet again, New York let their fans down.
The team really has something to think about as they get underway for a 3 game tilt in Phoenix.
From Harvey’s first appearance on the mound since his suspension, Jeurys Familia hitting the long-term DL, Asdrubal Cabrera tearing a ligament in his thumb, to Jose Reyes making headlines playing center field, this was one odd weekend, to say the least.
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Granted, we didn’t get the results we coveted.
For starters, many people, myself included, expected Harvey to go out there and pitch a gem on Friday night to redeem himself. Giving up five runs on seven hits, three homers, and getting the loss 7-4 to kick off the series, left me, and many fans, disappointed. It was definitely not something I was not expecting.
New York was outscored by a total of 12 runs in the series. What makes it worst is that the bullpen was the reason for every loss. To add some salt to the wound, the Mets lead the MLB in runs scored in the last two and a half weeks.
Allowing nine unanswered runs in a 11-4 loss like the pen did on Saturday was just plain awful.
You would think by the next game, something would get figured out, after all, its okay to have a bad game once and a while. However, I wish that was the case.
Up 7-1 with Jacob deGrom dealing, in came the bullpen.
Fast forward to the end of the game, 11-9 loss.
The bullpen issue really needs to be top priority on manager Terry Collins‘ agenda. A team that has the potential to have the best rotation in all of the majors now has the worst ERA and has its relief rated in the bottom tier of the 30 clubs in many categories.
In addition, Yoenis Cespedes‘ absence becomes more and more apparent. The bats were abysmal with the exception of Michael Conforto, Neil Walker and the two Rivera’s, who were the few positives that came out of this weekend.
Anyways, putting this week behind us and looking ahead, we will need to find a replacement at shortstop for Cabrera. And hopefully Reyes wasn’t getting too comfortable at center field…