Terry Collins believes his club is playing ‘tight,’ David Wright begs to differ
The Mets have gone 3-5 on their current nine-game homestand, assured of a sub-.500 homestand regardless of how it concludes against the Braves on Wednesday.
It will be the first losing homestand for the Mets in 2015.
“It looks like we’re tight. I don’t know why,” Terry Collins said about the quality of his team’s play on this homestand.
While the pitching has been up and down, the offense has struggled over these last eight games, scoring 20 runs in that span, going 8-for-60 with runners in scoring position and hitting just .230 with 24 walks and 55 strikeouts in that span.
“We’ve got to play better. We’ve hit a wall. We’re a better offensive team than what we’ve showed on this homestand.”
David Wright – who hit a solo home run in the first inning of Tuesday’s 6-2 loss – doesn’t believe the team is playing tight.
“No, I don’t think we are tight,” Wright explained. “I think there are going to be some games where we get outplayed. Tonight was one of them.
“We have to win series. We need to do a better job taking care of winning series, especially at home.”
Despite the loss, the Mets magic number was reduced to six after the Nationals lost 4-1 to the Orioles in Washington.
But Wright and the rest of the club don’t concern themselves with what the Nationals or anyone else is doing, especially with the team scuffling on the homestand.
“Everything we want to accomplish is right in front of us,” Wright said.
Wright was pleased to hit his first inning home run, but admitted it was bittersweet because of the uninspiring loss on Tuesday.
“It’s nice to get off to a good start, and it’s always fun to hit home runs. But at this point in the year, wins would be a lot more fun. … We need to get some momentum back on our side, and win this series tomorrow,” Wright concluded.
Including Tuesday night, the Meta have loaded the bases on five different occasions, but scored only four runs in those instances.
They came into Tuesday’s game hitting .322 with the bases loaded in 2015.