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Mets Out Of First As Offense Continues To Struggle

On April 15, the Mets caught the Atlanta Braves and were tied for first place. From that point on, it seemed like the Mets would never lose as they rolled out 11 straight wins, that actually started as they surged the to top of the division.

New York remained in first place for 35 days before allowing the Washington Nationals to catch them on Tuesday and take over the lead on Wednesday.  Much credit goes out to the surging Nationals, who are playing their best baseball of the season as they have won five straight games and eight of their last ten games.

But what happened to the Mets and why the sudden decline?  In reality, who really predicted that the Mets would spend over a month in first place, especially without David Wright nor Travis d’Arnaud, who have lost significant time due to injuries.

When both players first went down, the offense was clicking and the Mets were winning and they were doing it in grand fashion, but over the last ten games, they are 3-7 and in the month of May so far they are 8-10. That is a huge turnaround from when they finished 15-8 in April.

Over the last three games with the St. Louis Cardinals, New York has struggled to score runs, only putting up four runs in the series. They have been pounded by the Cards the last two days losing 10-2 on Tuesday and 9-0 on Wednesday.  Not even Bartolo Colon could stop the bleeding as he was roughed up for eight earned runs on 11 hits in just 4.2 innings on Wednesday.

Not what the Mets needed on a night when a win should have been in the plans.  But they can’t win if they don’t hit. The offense has been sputtering lately as the pitching staff, other than the last two blowouts, have done their part by keeping the team in the games.

Noah Syndergaard (1-1, 3.18), Jacob deGrom (4-4, 3.21), and Colon (6-3, 4.85) have all kept the Mets in games and Matt Harvey (5-1, 1.98) once again deserves a better fate especially with how well he has pitched so far this season.

In the bullpen, the Mets weren’t sure what Jeurys Familia would bring when they lost Jenrry Mejia to an 80 game suspension for testing positive for Stanozolol. Well Familia has been a great surprise saving 13 of 14 games with a 1.98 ERA. The one negative mark on his season was blowing Harvey’s spectacular game on May 18 when he gave up a run in the top of the ninth to the Cards that tied the game at 1-1.

But even with some solid pitching, the Mets offense just doesn’t look like they are flowing now.  But I give it to management as they have looked from within for a spark plug, but something more may have to be done for a positive long term move.

Is a trade in the works? Is a big bat on it’s way? Will the Mets turn it around once Wright and d’Arnaud return? And when will that be? These are just a few questions that I along with other Mets fans would like answers for, even if it’s just May.

On Thursday afternoon the Mets send deGrom to the mound against the Cardinals as he looks to stop the slide and hopefully the offense will show up.

 

David Conde

David Conde

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