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Mets Week Five Recap: Can this get any worse in Queens?

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Brandon Nimmo #9, Jay Bruce #19 and Asdrubal Cabrera #13 of the New York Mets collide pursuing a double off the bat of Ian Desmond #20 of the Colorado Rockies in the first inning at Citi Field on May 4, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Brandon Nimmo #9, Jay Bruce #19 and Asdrubal Cabrera #13 of the New York Mets collide pursuing a double off the bat of Ian Desmond #20 of the Colorado Rockies in the first inning at Citi Field on May 4, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Could things get any worse for the New York Mets? They just lost six straight at home.

In week five, the New York Mets had one of their worst weeks in years, dropping all 6 games at home. Although still two games above .500, this season is heading in the wrong direction, and the Mets need to improve their performance ASAP if they want a chance at the playoffs.

The Mets started off the week by getting swept by the upstart Atlanta Braves, followed by another sweep from the Colorado Rockies. Although the starting pitching was poor, the lifeless offense was the biggest factor in the 0-6 week.

The Mets hit a ghastly .193 with just 11 runs over 6 games. They were shut out 3 times and hit only 3 home runs while striking out 57 times. Mickey Callaway constantly switched up the lineup in an attempt to get some runs on the board, but to no success.

The Mets seemed off on their timing, guessing on pitches, and just didn’t display the fight that fans have come to expect late in games. Since their 11-1 start, the Mets have gone 6-14, dropping them to 3rd in the division.

Oh, and Jacob deGrom is on the 10-day DL, although he is only planning to miss one start. Matt Harvey‘s career with the Mets likely ended on Friday, when he was DFA’d after posting a 7.00 ERA this season.

The Games:

VS ATL

  • L 3-2    LP: Syndergaard
  • L 7-0    LP: Sewald
  • L 11-0 LP: Vargas

VS COL

  • L 8-7   LP: Wheeler
  • L 2-0   LP: Matz
  • L 3-2   LP: Robles

Top Players:

The Mets played so bad this week, the top player’s list will have to be shortened to 3, for lack of any really good performances.

1. Asdrubal Cabrera (3rd time in top 5)

Cabby remains the only Met to hit consistently this season. Asdrubal hit .304 this week with a home run and 4 RBI. In a lineup that has collectively gone silent. Cabrera has somehow kept the production up.

2. Steven Matz

Steven Matz finally delivered with a good start on Saturday, going 6 innings and giving up just one run on 3 hits. Unfortunately, he was given no run support so he suffered the loss.

3. Noah Syndergaard

Noah had an uncharacteristic week, striking out just 8 batters in 12 innings of work. Yet, Thor battled through both starts and finished with two quality starts on the week and a stellar 3.09 ERA for the season.

Top moment of the week:

The Mets designated Matt Harvey for assignment, ending his career with New York. In 6 years with the Mets, The Dark Knight posted a 3.66 ERA, two playoff wins, and almost one more. While Matt was beloved for a few years, Mets fans grew to dislike him due to his volatile personality and terrible performance.

Looking Ahead

The Mets look to pick up at least one win next week, and they seem to be headed to the right place. The Cincinnati Reds will host them for 3 games, and Cincinnati sits at 8-25 at this point. Following the series in Cincy, the Mets go to Philly for 3, a ballpark which has been kind to them in recent years.

Look out for P.J. Conlon, who will make his MLB debut on the mound on Monday night. Also, hopefully, Yoenis Cespedes will be fine, as he was pulled from Sunday’s game early on with a tight hip.

Next: Expect more Mets roster changes

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A better week lies ahead for the Mets; the question is just how much better.

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