6 Mets players to blame for terrible weekend in Tampa

Even one of their stars had an uncharacteristically bad weekend.
Adam Ottavino walks off the field in disgust after issuing a bases loaded walk in the 8th inning on Saturday that put the Rays ahead for good.
Adam Ottavino walks off the field in disgust after issuing a bases loaded walk in the 8th inning on Saturday that put the Rays ahead for good. / Julio Aguilar/GettyImages
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No. 3 New York Mets player to blame for bad weekend: Tomas Nido

The Rays running game was hyperactive over the weekend, especially on Sunday. And the scouting reports on Tomas Nido (and Omar Narvaez) justify it. Including seven steals on Sunday, opposing baserunners have stolen 59 bases while only getting caught 4 times, meaning a 93.6 percent stolen base percentage. That is simply unacceptable, given that the Mets have had trouble holding runners on base constantly for at least a decade now. This weekend, two runners who stole bases scored on two-out singles, which were both backbreaking.

It also didn't help Nido that his bat was silent in Tampa, as he went just 1-for-9 in the series. But, Omar Narvaez went 2-for-2 this series, and only caught five of the 28 innings in this series.

No. 4 New York Mets player to blame for bad weekend: Jose Quintana

Jose Quintana started Friday's game, and he got rocked. He gave up eight runs and 10 hits while recording just eight outs. His game score of 7.0 was the lowest any Mets starter has had in a game this season (yes, even worse than any of Adrian Houser's lousy outings). It was the one game this weekend the Mets offense decided to show up, but the game was out of reach before the Mets tried to mount a miraculous comeback.

Quintana was coming off a performance where he pitched eight innings against the Cardinals in the start prior, so it made Friday's performance even worse.