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Mets: 3 overreactions to a rough weekend trip to Tampa Bay

ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - MAY 14: Brett Phillips #35 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates after hitting a base hit walk off to defeat the New York Mets at Tropicana Field on May 14, 2021 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - MAY 14: Brett Phillips #35 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates after hitting a base hit walk off to defeat the New York Mets at Tropicana Field on May 14, 2021 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
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ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – MAY 15: Manager Luis Rojas #19 of the New York Mets looks on in the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on May 15, 2021 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

The New York Mets were elated to leave the Big Apple and head to Tampa Bay for three games against the Rays this weekend. They cutely dressed up like they were going to the beach.

Unfortunately, the winning streak they began in St. Louis and brought home to New York didn’t last long. The Mets lost a heartbreaker on Friday, a near-nail biter on Saturday that turned into a blowout, and finished with a woeful performance on Sunday. I literally went outside and did yard work I didn’t have to just to get away for a bit.

Every baseball season has its ups and downs. For the Mets, this past weekend had a lot of crawling around in the mud.

As we’ll occasionally do on Rising Apple, I want to overreact! I want to take this weekend series and turn it into the defining three games of the season. I want to be passionate and look at things through a smaller picture rather than the big one—that this is a 162 game season.

Luis Rojas might be the worst manager in Mets history

Do I really think Luis Rojas is worse than some of the other managers this franchise has employed? Logically, no. Of course not. He hasn’t been given the chance to show us what he can or cannot do.

Well, maybe the latter he has. His bullpen management was atrocious this weekend.

The biggest issue I had was not having a reliever ready to go in the eighth inning on Friday. Even with David Peterson cruising, you have to be aware of the situation. The Mets were up only 2-0. After a leadoff home run, he had to at least have a guy already warm and ready to go. Instead, Trevor May was delayed in preparing for his appearance.

I know a majority of Mets fans feel the same way about this and were angered further the next day when the team pulled within a run only to see the bullpen throw batting practice in the bottom of the eighth.

Remember when we were trusting this bullpen? For a bonus overreaction: they stink!

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