This was presupposed to be a breeze. Instead, the breeze that has arrived has chilled the Mets’ bats.
The Mets, who’re presupposed to be trampling weaker opponents, as a substitute have been swept in a three-game sequence for the primary time this season, the ultimate indignity a 6-3 loss to the Cubs at Citi Field on Wednesday night time in entrance of 28,522.
The Mets scored a complete of six runs within the three video games in opposition to a Chicago membership that has been out of competition for months. Buck Showalter’s crew will subsequent host the Pirates for 4 video games that appeared simpler just a few weeks in the past.
The Mets are within the midst of a stretch of 16 straight video games in opposition to sub-.500 opponents, and so they have dropped seven of the primary 12. The solely constructive growth across the membership is that its nemesis has began shedding, too.
The Mets (89-55) remained a half-game forward of the Braves, who misplaced to the Giants and have dropped consecutive sequence in Seattle and San Francisco.
The Braves have built-in excuses whereas taking part in on the West Coast and in opposition to competent groups. The Mets may level to accidents — Starling Marte is on the shelf and Max Scherzer missed his second begin — however the largest issues lie with their offense. A six-run deficit within the first inning felt and proved insurmountable.
In a disastrous effort, starter David Peterson was charged with 5 runs whereas recording one out in an inning he didn’t escape. The gap was dug, and the Mets by no means acquired again within the recreation.
The indicators of stress and frustration from the Mets’ offense have been all over the place. In the third inning, Darin Ruf chased a breaking ball within the grime and slowly walked again to a dugout as followers booed him. In the fourth, Pete Alonso flailed at a strike three that bounced and stood on the plate for just a few moments, as if refusing to trudge again to the bench. Jeff McNeil grounded out within the seventh and spiked his helmet after touching first base.
Chicago’s Drew Smyly restricted the Mets to 2 runs on 4 hits by way of 5 innings. The Mets couldn’t discover the massive hit in opposition to the Cubs bullpen.
In the ninth, the Mets had the makings of a risk in opposition to Mark Leiter Jr., who drilled McNeil to begin the body. But Eduardo Escobar’s deep drive to right-center was tracked down by Michael Hermosillo, who made a exceptional leaping catch in opposition to the wall. Luis Guillorme then grounded right into a double play.
Tomas Nido offered the Mets’ first run with a third-inning homer — his second dinger in as many video games after being held homer-less for 85 video games to begin the season. Alonso lined a solo homer, his thirty fifth of the season, within the eighth.
The Mets misplaced a recreation through which they caught just a few breaks. They scored a run within the fifth inning when, with Escobar at third and two outs, Brandon Nimmo hit a chopper to 3rd base. Chicago’s Patrick Wisdom whiffed on the ball, which bounced into left subject as the Mets minimize the hole to 6-2.
In the third, the Cubs put runners on the corners in opposition to Trevor Williams. With David Bote on the plate, Nelson Velazquez took off for second, and Nido faked a throw to second earlier than throwing behind Higgins at third, and the Cub dove again safely. But home-plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt dominated that Bote interfered with Nido’s throw, getting the Mets out of the jam.
The breaks — and wonderful work from the Mets’ bullpen — wouldn’t matter as a result of the offense couldn’t make up for Peterson’s disastrous outing.
The lefty first couldn’t discover the strike zone after which couldn’t discover an out. He walked the bases loaded, struck out Wisdom then surrendered a pair of doubles — one to Yan Gomes, one other to PJ Higgins — for 4 runs. Showalter had seen sufficient.
Williams entered and solely widened the wound, permitting a double to Hermosillo and a single to Nelson Velazquez, permitting the Cubs to attain a landing (with no additional level) within the first. Williams settled down from there.
Peterson was charged with 5 runs on two hits and three walks in one-third of an inning. He might be shuffled to the bullpen subsequent week with Scherzer anticipated to return.