If it seems like the 2017 Mets can’t win on Sundays, you’re not imagining things. The Mets lost their fifth Sunday game in a row and are 5-12 for the season on Sundays.
Seth Lugo didn’t have his best stuff today, allowing five earned runs on eight hits in five innings. The Mets’ bullpen – Fernando Salas, Josh Smoker, and new acquisition A.J. Ramos combined to allow another four runs, but to be fair, half of that can be pinned on Neil Walker, who had the worst game of any Met. As Keith Hernandez put it, “he looks like a rusty gate.” Maybe he didn’t feel well or perhaps he could have used a few more rehab games in the minors, but Walker looked like he’s never played second base before, making two costly errors and misplaying two other balls. At the plate, he looked equally lost, striking out three times. His lone contribution was a hit by pitch.
The rest of the Mets lineup mustered 5 singles and no runs through the first eight innings.The Mets’ bats woke up in the ninth inning for three hits and a run, but it was too little too late. Tomorrow the Mets have the day off, but watch the news as a few players are likely to find new homes with the trade deadline looming.