Mets Games 123, 124, 125 vs. Cubs – Win, Win, Loss

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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.

Friday night’s win I understand, because all the runs came from one swing of the bat. That was a typical win circa 1977, except it was Eric Campbell with the three-run homer instead of Roy Staiger.

As for Sunday … well … the Mets ran into a very good pitcher, and Starlin Castro ran into a not-very-good pitch from Jenrry Mejia to re-take a Cubs lead and win the ballgame.

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.

Next Mets Game

The final game of the Cubs series begins at 12:10 PM on Monday afternoon. Bartolo Colon faces Kyle Hendricks (no relation to Kyle Kendrick).

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Yeats August 18, 2014 at 2:58 pm
    duck duck goose
  2. david August 18, 2014 at 5:38 pm
    Glad to see you back Joe, and have to say wine tasting in AC sounds a heck of a lot better than watching the Mets bang out 4 hits a day for what is now 4 games in a row.

    Have to say I agree with all of the above comments except your reference to the Wild Card which is a little mean. We all know it is not worth considering.

    Your trip to AC proves a point that Management needs to remember -there are a lot of other ways to spend your entertainment dollars in New York (or New Jersey) than sitting for 3 hours in Flushing or watching the Mutts on the box. Even loyal fans have fallen to the wayside these last 4 years, but who can blame them when you look at the results.

    Final comment – I read an article about the Mets and Cubs making a deal, and another GM or baseball exec (scout perhaps?) said the Mets won’t make a deal unless you give them $2 for their .35 cents. Damning and totally believable indictment of Sandy et al. Too many GMs spoiling the broth in Queens? Whatever it is, at least Theo Epstein has the stones to deal 2/5 of his rotation. For better or for worse.