With our playoff hopes hanging in the balance, the Mets lost at home to one of the worst teams in the league. We managed to put up three runs against a pitcher who pulls in a million bucks per start and countered with a nice bounce back start from Steven Matz (6 innings, 2 ER, 9 Ks). But as we’ve learned of late, the Mets can always find a way to lose. Hansel Robles pitched more like Gretel in the 7th, coughing up the lead and then some with a bunch of walks, hits and steals. As usual, the Mets offense didn’t help matters, managing just one hit in three innings against a no-name bullpen. Other than Neil Walker (3 for 4 with a 2-run homer) this lineup did very little tonight.
As is often the case this season, disappointments Michael Conforto (.221) and Travis d’Arnaud (.234) both went hitless. In fact, Terry Collins felt compelled to pinch hit for d’Arnaud in the 9th (with Ty Kelly!) and who could blame him? In case you missed it, d’Arnaud was placed on waivers this week so if someone claims him, a trade is a possibility. And can you recall seeing a player fall from grace as swiftly as Conforto has this year? So disappointing. There’s plenty of blame to go around the way this team has been playing of late. The fans certainly haven’t given up on the season. Let’s hope these players still have some fight left in them.