Mets batters continue their mistreatment of rookie teammate Christian Scott

When Christian Scott is on the mound, the Mets don't score.
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New York Mets rookie Christian Scott had his worst game in three MLB starts on Friday. However, the game ended with Scott showing plenty of grit in the fourth inning. An error, a single, and a walk loaded the bases for the Miami Marlins.

Bases juiced. Nobody out. It was time for the Marlins to put the game away.

They had already scored 4 times and would score another 4. But not against Scott. He escaped the inning by striking out Jazz Chisholm Jr., getting a pop out on an infield fly rule in shallow center field, and finally a fielder’s choice. His Mets teammates responded the next inning with a pair of singles between three strikeouts.

The Mets just aren’t scoring when Christian Scott pitches

Is it personal? Conspiracy theorists wondered this with Jacob deGrom. Long before deGrom was the ace of the Mets staff, Tom Seaver suffered a similar fate of pitching well and not getting much help from the offense.

Scott was hardly at his best on Friday with the big blow coming on a three-run home run from Nick Fortes, the number nine hitter. Alas, it wouldn’t matter. The sacrifice fly earlier in the inning ended up as the winning run. The Mets put up goose eggs. They’ve now combined to score 2 runs in his 3 MLB starts.

SNY’s John Harper put it best:

Others have gotten to Jesus Luzardo this year. Why couldn’t the Mets with a batting champion, home run champion, and consecutive top 10 MVP finisher?

It’s not the 8-0 score Mets fans can take from this game. It’s the total lack of offensive competency. They’re a sloppy team right now.

There are far worse teams than the Mets offensively. Scoring the 19th most runs this season, they ranked 20th in average and OPS. Their OBP, at 18th in MLB, again has them a little behind the exact middle point of major league teams.

Most troubling of all is their starting pitching ranks lower than many of the offensive categories. This team has been saved by its bullpen. Even there, questions about the reliability of Edwin Diaz are emerging.

A switch needs to be flicked on the Mets. Games against the Marlins must be won and at the very least, competitive.