On the eve of trade deadline uncertainty, one thing’s for sure – the Mets do not play good baseball on Sunday.
I don’t know what it is – I guess some funky baseball phenomenon, but they are so flat and unfocused on this day of rest, it’s like they’re taking it literally.
They were behind the eight ball five zip after two innings, and scored their only run in the final frame after the Mariner’s lead had lengthened to nine.
Mets starter Seth Lugo, in his second consecutive lackluster start, was in tandem with his position players who went 1-5 with RISP, leaving nine men on base.
NY labored defensively, as well – Neil Walker leading the charge with a pair of errors.
Lugo’s Seattle counterpart James Paxton was his polar opposite, surrendering no runs, scattering six hits, and striking out eight. The Canadian capped off the month with a job well done, setting a franchise record with six wins in July.
As the Mets look to rebuild their roster for 2018, Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline looms large.
Addison Reed will be gone baby gone, most likely to the city where the film was made. Asdrubal Cabrera, and Jay Bruce days of donning orange and blue may be done, but realizing they are powerful against it, they’re taking it on the chin.
“There’s nothing I can do,” Cabrera said. “I am not waiting around to find out. If something happens, it happens.”
As for Bruce, “I think that it’s part of the game, the team has to figure out how they want to approach the future. They have to do things that are going to impact 2018 on a positive note. It is tough, I wanted to be part of a run, just like 2015 gave us.”
Wilmer Flores is putting on the hits (12-for-35 in his last 11 games) seemingly safe to remain on the island, yet I don’t believe being removed from the team would garner the tears of 2015.
So with a day off in Denver the Mets will have plenty to ponder before their three game series vs. the Rockies followed by a trio of days against the dangerous Dodger blue.