The score may as well have been 50 to nothing. This team looked lifeless and deflated, like they’d just given up on the season. Perhaps it hit them after Monday’s disappointing loss that the mid-season sell-off was now inevitable.
Rafael Montero surrendered four runs early before settling down, but it was far from his fault alone. T.J. Rivera made two errors at third base and Yoenis Cespedes lackadaisically let balls drop a few steps away in left field. And he wasn’t the only one. Other players seemed to look disinterested and playing at less than 100 percent effort. Offensively, the Mets looked equally spunkless with just three hits and one walk in a Michael Wacha complete game shutout. A questionable umpire call on an apparent caught stealing didn’t help matters.
Sure they’re discouraged by the injuries, luck and circumstances that have led them to be nine games under .500 with the trade deadline approaching but that does not excuse a team-wide lack of effort. These guys get paid a fortune to play baseball and their fans give their precious time and hard-earned money to see them perform. This fan base has stuck by this team like none other in professional sports and they deserve better. Come on guys, wake up.You can’t lie down and give up when you have tens of thousands rooting you on.