David Wright disappointed with the Mets poor series against the Phillies
The Mets, coming off a high-energy series against the Reds which saw them clinch their first National League East title in nine years, suffered through a sluggish letdown in their three-game series with the Phillies, during which they were swept by a team trying to avoid losing 100 games.
The Mets got poor pitching in the first two games, although one of those games required nine pitchers in an effort to support an ill-prepared Logan Verrett on Wednesday, and a complete lack of offense in the three games.
“We had some games that were winnable,” David Wright said after their third straight loss on Thursday. “It’s easy to say let’s gear up for the playoffs but home-field advantage would be nice, I think that’s something we need to bear down these last three games and try to attain.
“It could be nice to get into the playoffs with some momentum, help us springboard into the playoffs,” the third baseman added.
The Mets scored eight runs in the three-game series, going 3-for-24 with runners in scoring position through the entire series.
Wright believes that despite clinching the division early, it is important the club finishes their season on the right foot and head into their Division Series against the Dodgers with some momentum.
“From a team perspective, I think it would be good for us to get back on track,” Wright explained. “I think this is a bit of a letdown series for us coming off a high in Cincinnati, we come in here and we shot ourselves in the foot doing some things and also got outplayed in some aspects of the game where we hadn’t regularly been getting outplayed. It will be nice to hopefully clean up some things in New York and finish on a high note.”
In addition, Wright realizes the importance of earning home field advantage, and feeding off their energy to create momentum in a playoff series.
“The majority of the year we’ve played well at home, so I think strategically it would help us,” Wright said. “You also want to get home field for the fans too. They’re as involved as any fan base, giving us that home-field advantage.”
The Mets currently lead the Dodgers by 1/2 game for home field advantage, but it’s a virtual 1 1/2 game lead thanks to the Mets having the tiebreaker.
The Mets have three games left to play, and the Dodgers have four games remaining.
But while the Mets are 48-30 at home in 2015, they’ve lost 12 of their last 18 home games, recently losing six of nine at home to the Marlins, Yankees and Braves.
Terry Collins understood the Mets would have to deal with coming down from their emotional high from last weekend, and he hopes with the rest he provided some of his players the team is firing on all cylinders again against the Nationals.
“You knew there would be an energy drain,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “We rested the guys we needed to rest, get into the weekend, and get ready for next week.”