The Mets were swept out of Chicago on Thursday afternoon, dropping their fourth in a row to the Cubs by the score of 6-5. Here are my takeaways from this loss…
Tale of two games for the Mets.
Everything was fine until the bottom of the fifth inning. They even got some production out of John Mayberry Jr. who drove in two runs with a single to center field in the fifth inning, and two home runs from Anthony Recker through the fifth as well.
But the game came crashing down on the Mets, thanks in part to Niese becoming ineffective in the fifth and a throwing error from Wilmer Flores which clearly derailed him. In the end, that error contributed to two unearned runs, and helped the Mets wash away a four run lead in the blink of an eye.
It was an ugly inning for the Mets, and it really set the tone for them the rest of the way. They had no offense after that inning, and it seemed inevitable they’d be beaten at some point as a result.
Of course, it’s absurd the go-ahead run scored on a passed ball, but that’s the Mets right now. When it’s going bad, and the team is making physical and mental mistakes all over the place, its actually quite deserving it would end up this way.
It was another horrible loss, just 16 hours after another horrible loss. Deserving, however.
Jon Niese melted down.
Yes, he got burned by another error, and there were two runs allowed which should not have come across. He has been burned by errors all year long, which really isn’t unexpected since he’s a groundball pitcher on a team with unacceptable defense up the middle.
However, he let it spiral, which he has done in the past on many occasions. It was clear as day with his body language and expressions he was making on the field. I sympathize, and can imagine how aggravating it is. But it just can’t happen. It’s unacceptable, especially as one of the veterans on this staff.
Finding ways to lose.
This is a team right now finding every last way to lose baseball games, and they’re doing a very good job of doing so, looking awful in the process. One day they lose a game on a walk, the other on a passed ball. They don’t hit one day, don’t get the pitching the next, they can’t throw the ball to bases, can’t get bunts down, get thrown out on the bases…and so on.
If this is harsh, then sorry, but that’s what happens with losing teams. And for the most part they’ve looked like a lifeless, indifferent losing team over the last three weeks, going 7-12 in the process. I get that they’re without so many key pieces, the bullpen has turned over completely outside of two relievers, but that doesn’t excuse the fundamental mistakes which continue to be on display. They killed them today, they killed them throughout the whole week, and pretty much throughout this entire stretch.
It’s not going to work if this club expects to be playing after game 162. Getting Travis d’Arnaud, David Wright and the other bullpen pieces back won’t serve as a magic pill for this, either. Plain and simple.
Other notes from Wednesday:
Mayberry broke an 0-for-21 skid with his two-run single in the fifth inning.
Wilmer Flores hit his team-leading fifth home run in the fourth inning.
Lucas Duda had two more hits against left-handed pitching today, including his 11th double of the year – he’s 14-for-39 with four extra-base hits against southpaws this year.
The Mets have lost seven straight games at Wrigley Field, and were swept in a four-game series at Wrigley for the first time since August 6-9, 1992.
The Mets are now 7-12 on the road this season.