The 2018 New York Mets had an all-time bad month when they went only 5-21 in June. Let’s look back at the horrors of how bad the team was.
June of 2018 was not the one many New York Mets fans want to bring home to their parents. The 5-21 record not only put them in a giant hole at the midway point of the season, but it also eliminated happiness from the summer for many diehard fans.
A year has passed since the travesty. I’m ready to go back and relive just how ugly things got.
The Mets began the month by playing the final three games of a series sweep against the Chicago Cubs at home. The anemic offense had a day off only to fall to the lowly Baltimore Orioles 2-1 then 1-0 on Tuesday and Wednesday.
One more day off in the first full week of the month didn’t help either. They dropped the first two games to the New York Yankees at Citi Field before finally winning 2-0 game on Sunday, June 10. Thanks to six shutout innings from starter Seth Lugo and three more from Robert Gsellman and our dear old friend Anthony Swarzak, the Mets managed to win their first game of the month.
Did I mention these were all home games up until this point? You’re supposed to win at home more often than not.
Out on the road, the Atlanta Braves took two games against the Mets before the team split the final two in a four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. This gave them 3 wins for the month and a 30-38 record for the season.
Keeping our hopes high, they defeated the Colorado Rockies 12-2 at Coors Field to extend their winning streak to three. This wasn’t the turning point, though. They fell to the Rockies three more times before returning home and getting swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The month finished off with the Mets winning the second game of three versus the Pittsburgh Pirates in New York then falling to the Miami Marlins twice down in Florida. The loss on June 30th gave them a season record of 32-48.
So why were things so bad? Let’s check in on the weakest link from 2018, the offense.