The New York Mets and their lack of offense dropped another series, this time to the last place Miami Marlins.
The New York Mets went into their series with the Miami Marlins hoping to build off the momentum they built from sweeping the first place Arizona Diamondbacks. Close games, big hits, coming from behind to get the win, etc. were all things that the Mets did in their incredible 11-1 start, as well as in their series with Arizona.
Clearly, the recipe for success is hitting, and the Mets haven’t done much of that. When they have, it has been extremely inconsistent. Even when handed stellar outings from their starting pitchers (i.e most starts from Jacob deGrom), they still can’t pull themselves together enough to get a win.
How did this team go from sweeping Arizona, who went into the series with the best record in the National League, to losing a series to a team as abysmal as the Miami Marlins? Well, here’s how.
We Have a Problem
The Marlins are really not a good team. They came into the series 13 games under .500. The Mets should have feasted on this team and continued their small winning streak. In the three games of Marlins series, the Mets only scored four runs. Four runs in three games are unacceptable from a major league ball club, especially one that has guys like Michael Conforto, Jay Bruce, Wilmer Flores, Adrian Gonzalez, etc. playing for them.
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It seemed that Conforto was back on track after his 4-hit game against Arizona, but Conforto failed to produce against Miami.
It seems that the Mets are having a really hard time figuring out pitchers. When things were going great at the beginning of the season, if they couldn’t break a starting pitcher, they would go after the bullpen.
Now, if the bats are getting shut down, they are shut down for the entire game. There have been no late-game rallies, nor have there been big hits (or any hits at all). Clearly, the absence of Todd Frazier (hamstring) and Yoenis Cespedes (hip) is affecting the offense in a huge way.
A huge problem right now is Jose Reyes. Reyes continues to be unproductive but is still handed starts. In game two of the series, he committed 2 errors in 5 innings, and pretty much cost the Mets the game. It is unjustifiable to keep Reyes on this team and that is becoming more apparent by the minute.
A Few Positives
The Mets did win the first game of the series 2-0, which was their fourth consecutive win.
They signed Jose Bautista before game two of the series against the Marlins. While we cannot be sure if this is a positive yet, his start looked promising.
Bautista was put into the lineup minutes before the game started, and in his first at-bat with the Mets, he doubled and scored the only run of their 5-1 loss.
Another positive, as always, was Brandon Nimmo. Though he was hitless for the first two games of the series, Nimmo scored the only run of game 3 with an absolute bomb to right field for his third home run of the year. The Metropolitans would go on to lose game three, 2-1.
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Once again, the offense embarrassed themselves, this time it was against the team in last place in the National League East division, the Miami Marlins.