Mets Stumble Into Last Place In National League, MLB

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Back home but still scuffling, the punchless Mets went down quietly against the Houston Astros on Tuesday — and now find themselves in the National League basement.

In fact, going into Wednesday, their .294 winning percentage is the worst in MLB. The Boston Red Sox follow with .313.

The Mets have dropped 11 of 13. They snapped a seven-game skid Sunday in Atlanta but followed it up with a sluggish effort in all facets of the game.

“We’ve got to stop it. I’m very concerned about it,” manager Terry Collins said.

Jonathon Niese (0-3) walked five and threw 113 pitches in six innings as New York fell to 1-7 at home, losing its past six at Citi Field. In a matchup of the NL’s two worst teams so far, it was the Mets who looked like more of a mess.

“I didn’t feel right,” Niese said. “I felt a little off.”

The frustration showed, too. David Wright fired his helmet toward the dugout after a first-inning fly-out that would have been a home run in nearly every other ballpark.

Wright is hitless in his last 16 at-bats with seven strikeouts.

“We can’t dwell on the negative,” outfielder Scott Hairston said after the loss. “But it’s very hard. We all care.”

What do the Mets need to do to turn their season around? Sound off in the comments below…

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  • Finished with the Wilpons

    boycott the team until the Wilpons sell. they have sat on top of the National League team in New York for three decades, have 1 Championship and a smattering of post season appearances.

    Considering the value of the franchise as a money spinner, can anyone name a worse franchise in Baseball?

    Boycott the stadium, NYS and stop buying gear. The alternative seems to be alloing these incompetents to own the team for another 3 decades.

  • PatC

    We need to get rid of the Wilponzies. Then build a real team by:

    1 – Fixing that abortion of a ballpark by pulling in the fences,
    2 – Invest in and build a good farm system.
    3 – Pick up three or four free agents (SP, RP, 2B, Catcher).
    4 – Get a real manager with recent and successful experience.

    • WhyMetropolitansSuck

      On all you’re asking for & you’re asking for a lot, you’re not asking for a millionaire, not a billionaire owner, but Bill Gates himself.

      And where or who are the SP RP, 2B & catcher you’re asking for? All the top players on your list are taken by other teams, but say they become available via free agency, Mets have no shot, no one wants to come & play for the Mets, even the players already here, want to leave. Mets do not have players on the roster or the minors to make a trade even for a bench warmer let alone a top star.

      All these years with Wright, Reyes, Pelfrey, Beltran, Santana, Niese, Parnell I thought the Mets had a real team, well, according to all Mets fans they did, I guess they were wrong.

  • RM

    What do the Mets need to do to turn their season around?

    Every other team to get in a plane crash

    • Elias Chan-Sui

      Are you suggesting that the Mets are better than those teams AAA clubs? I happen to agree that the Wilpons need to sell. It’s not that they didn’t spend. After all they used a lot of funny money. But rather, Jeff and Fred have been meddlers who because they played a little they think that they know how best to run a baseball franchise. The fact that Murphy made it past spring training… again is another clear indication that the club is not being run from either the clubhouse or the GM’s office.

      Since baseball is full of superstition whoever the new owner is needs to get Bobby V. back. Fred reneging on him seems to have set some really bad juju on this club. No other club has as many injuries to key players season after season as the Mets (that’s a guess not a fact).

      Seriously, the whole organization needs a rework. Getting new AND better ownership is critical. Then maybe in as few as three season the Mets can become a respectable and winning franchise again. But realistically, nothing can turn around this season.

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