For the Mets it’s been a sobering season to say the least. A slew of pitching injuries, diminished returns from the disabled list, and underperforming players have made them prey against practically any team that has a pulse.
The Cardinals may not be at the bottom of the heap, but at two games under .500, they should be fair game for a ball club that desperately needs to find it’s footing.
Losing consecutive series heading into the All-Star break – they find themselves a dozen back in the National League East – lodged in a ditch that seems insurmountable to climb out of in the second half.
Mets Manager Terry Collins is doing his diplomatic best to downplay a bad situation. “We are not playing with much energy right now. I am hoping the rest will help out.” We’ve got to get ready for Friday,” Collins said of next weekend’s series against the Rockies. “We’ve got to put a streak together starting Friday.”
Sunday Steven Matz was sent to the showers after allowing five runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings of work, snapping his 17 inning scoreless streak. He allowed five earned runs on seven hits, two home runs and one walk, managing only one strikeout. When his scoreless streak ended, the offense’s scoreless streak begins…
The Mets limp line-up made the 7-6 St. Louis starter Lance Lynn look like Clayton Kershaw, sans the strikeouts, holding NY to a three hit shutout through seven.
Rookie Paul Dejong went Daniel Murphy on the Mets going 2-4, finishing 9-for-11 with three homers, seven extra-base hits and four RBI in the series.
With all of their struggles, there were a couple of positives for the Mets personal highlight reel. Seth Lugo, in giving up a run, struck out three in three innings of relief and Jay Bruce’s great defensive back-handed catch to rob Dexter Fowler of an extra-base hit.
Silver linings are great take-away, but if the Mets are going made a run for it, they will need a mountain full of golden moments – which starts next Friday at Citi Field with their three game series against the formidable Colorado Rockies.