Mets Games 123, 124, 125 vs. Cubs – Win, Win, Loss
Cubs 2 Mets 1
Mets 7 Cubs 3
Mets 3 Cubs 2
If I told you the Mets would collect no more than four hits in each of three games, and they’d win two of them, would you believe me?
First off, for various reasons, I saw a grand total of about four innings of these three games, and heard another ten or so on the radio. That said, I don’t have much game detail detail to discuss. And by “much” I mean “none.”
During Saturday night’s win I was working a wine tasting in Atlantic City, and so I didn’t see how the Mets managed to score 7 runs on 4 hits — with no home runs; I’m hoping the game is still on the DVR so I can see, because this is truly fascinating. That’s a pretty darn efficient use of hits, IMHO.
On the one hand, the Mets really should take three of four from the woeful Cubs. On the other hand, what does it matter? Tough to say.
It’s hard to believe that the Mets are only seven games out of the wild card with about a month and a half of the season left to play, while also being seven games under .500. They’re on pace to finish 76-86, which is two games better than the past two years but 14 games below their 90-win goal.
I’m getting the feeling that the Mets are on the cusp of that end-of-season swoon that every Terry Collins-led team has suffered. Blame it on injuries, blame it on lack of personnel, blame it on whatever you want, but the bottom line is that TC’s teams finish floundering rather than flourishing, and it’s feeling like the Mets are on auto-pilot. Any day now, it seems like Mejia is going to be shut down, another one (or two?) of the starting pitchers will suffer a season-ending injury, David Wright will be playing out the string physically compromised (which seems to have already been the case), and players out of position and/or out of their element (i.e., AAAA players) are on the verge of being exposed. Meaningful games in September are a long shot, to say the least.