Mets: Embarrassing offensive performance leads to sweep by Atlanta

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets looks on from the dugout in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves on May 2, 2018 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets looks on from the dugout in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves on May 2, 2018 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

A very quiet offense leads New York Mets to first sweep of the season at the hands of the Atlanta Braves.

It was an ugly week for the New York Mets when the Atlanta Braves came to town. Have you seen their missing offense?

Game 1- Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Mets lost game 1 of the series, 3-2 to the Braves, in a game that seemed over quickly after it started.

Atlanta jumped to an early 3-0 lead over New York. This would be the only scoring the Braves would do in game 1, but it would prove to be enough.

It seemed the Mets were down 10-0 when they came to bat.

Yoenis Cespedes, completely broken out of his early-season slump, got the offense going in the bottom of the first, a two-out single off Braves rookie, Mike Soroka. Jay Bruce, also no longer slumping,  moved him to second on a ground ball to center, but Soroka would keep them off the board.

Soroka would shut the Mets down until the 4th, and even then, all the Mets would come away with would be a Todd Frazier single. Still 3-0 Braves, but the deficit felt impossible to overcome.

Tomas Nido doubled in the bottom of the 5th, but again Soroka kept the Mets scoreless. The catcher’s spot in the lineup seems to be an empty at-bat, which is a huge issue that, in my opinion, needs to be addressed as quickly as possible. 

Cespedes got the Mets on the board with one big swing. Yo’s 7th home run of the year was a shot to left field. 3-1 Atlanta.

The Mets would be shut down, again, until the 8th. Asdrubal Cabrera lead off the bottom of the 8th, but the Mets would not capitalize on it. 3-1 Atlanta going into the 9th.

Frazier reached on a bloop to right that Nick Markakis trapped on a diving play. Adrian Gonzalez singled right behind Frazier, who was taken out for Juan Lagares to pinch-run. Lagares would score on a Wilmer Flores groundout.

Jose Reyes came to bat with the tying and winning runs on base in the 9th, but Reyes being Reyes, popped out to left field.

Reyes has become virtually useless, batting a weak .139. It is becoming unjustifiable to keep him on the team. Mickey Callaway has been preaching about accountability since before spring training, but Reyes is not being held accountable for anything. He is failing to contribute anything to a struggling offensive team but is still being handed starts.

Game 2- Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The Mets were held to two hits in game 2. Jacob deGrom left during the 4th inning due to, what at the time was an unknown injury, which seemed to deflate the offense. deGrom hyperextended his right elbow on a swing and miss and felt it lingering when he took the mound in the 4th inning, so he decided to lay it smart and take himself out of the game.

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The Mets have a track record of self-destructing when things don’t go as planned, which needs to change on a team that is pretty much cursed. You would think that a team that is so used to injury that it wouldn’t affect performance on the field from the healthy players. Sadly, that is just not the case.

The Mets lost 7-0 on Wednesday, the first time they were shut out this season.

The only two Met hits came off the bats of Cespedes in the bottom of the first, and Amed Rosario in the bottom of the second.

This loss would take the Mets out of first place, a spot which they held since April 3.

An embarrassing performance would be countered with an even more embarrassing performance in game 3.

Game 3- Thursday, May 3, 2018

The Mets were no-hit until the 7th inning in their 11-0 loss to the Braves in game 3.

Thursday morning, the Mets received great news that their Ace, deGrom, avoided the worst and would prepare as normal for his next start.

You would think that the Mets would capitalize on such good news, but that is not what happened at all.

The Mets have never had good luck against Julio Teheran, and today was no different.

The Mets first hit of the game came in the 7th inning off the bat of Cabrera. Gonzalez would single behind him, but nothing would come of it.

Lagares singled in the bottom of the 9th, but the Mets would be shut out for the second day in a row, only scoring 2 runs the entire series.

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An embarrassing series ended in a sweep that the Mets deserved. They are a much better team than what they displayed the past 3 days.