Terry Collins’ consistently inconsistent ball club loses back-to-back games against the emerging Milwaukee Brewers and all the fans get is a sliver of silver linings.
Yes, on a positive note Mets starter Zack Wheeler had another strong outing, the bullpen kept it a one run game, Lucas Duda went 2-4, and Wilmer Flores continued to hit right-handed pitching – well, at least one in relief, on Thursday afternoon.
Don’t get me wrong, these are significant stats, but the absence of key players and the ineffectiveness of a once prominent pitching roster is piling up like a neglected load of dirty laundry.
Help is hopefully on the way with Steven Matz and Seth Lugo due to return to the majors after one more minor league rehab start. Matz’s last outing was perfect, literally, for five innings in Las Vegas, whereas Lugo, not so much, surrendering three runs on eight hits, over six.
A healthy Yoenis Cespedes, possibly back in the line-up this weekend in a designated hitting role, should surely inject some run support to the Mets offense – the operative word here being, healthy.
Friday night all eyes will be on Matt Harvey (4-3) as he tries to best his best start of the season when he faces the Pirates, who he held to one run over six hits last time out. If he fails to secure a win, it’s going to be a long hot summer, and then some.