Instead of pulling to within a game of the Nationals, the Mets fell three off the division pace Wednesday after dropping two of three in the series.
It all adds up to the fact that, for this squad, winning away from Citi Field comes about as easy as quantum physics to an English Lit major.
Coupled with Washington’s victory over the Yankees, the Mets’ loss on Wednesday dropped them out of first place in the NL East for the first time since April 14.
The Yanks still have hope, and thus they’re rushing a pitcher back from the DL. The Mets, as usual, think about next year with a prize prospect. It’s like night and day.
The Nationals won’t have to face Mets impressive rookie Jacob deGrom on Tuesday night, but they haven’t required any such breaks to win in New York recently.
In his last three appearances, including New York’s 5-3 loss to the NL East-leading Nationals on Thursday, Carlos Torres has a 22.50 ERA.
It wasn’t exactly State of the Mets, but G.M. Sandy Alderson – after a 1-6 road trip and watching his team lose 7 of 8 games – met the media prior to Friday night’s start of a 10-game homestand.
Here are the Mets, playing more like Single-A than MLB, performing before empty seats at Citi Field, just five games off the lead. One good streak, and the season could look totally different.
It’s nothing new in these parts. Mets have become the heel against which the loose shoe rubs. Only numbness exists along with a patch of ugly derma.
Charlie Manuel has been fired as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, with his team out of the pennant race and in a tailspin since the All-Star break.
“We can’t have a collapse, and Terry knows that,” one source told the New York Daily News. “Otherwise, at the end of the season, something good might happen.”
The Mets have lost three games in a row for the first time since the middle of June as they head to Miami to take on the Marlins.
Zack Wheeler is excited about his big-league debut with the New York Mets, especially since he’ll be pitching not far from where he grew up.
Rain has forced the Braves to postpone their game Saturday against the Mets. A makeup date has yet to be determined.
Make it six losses in a row. And more abject futility. It’s enough to drive manager Terry Collins crazy.