The tone was set early in this one when the Mets defense made key errors that put Rafael Montero in a tough spot. The team’s lack of range on the left side of the infield led by Jose Reyes and TJ Rivera proved costly, as these two made errors in the first two innings that really showed us the direction the game was going to go in. The Mets lost this game 5-0, and the effort clearly wasn’t there.
To add to the poor defensive showing, the Mets offense was dominated by Michael Wacha, who pitched a complete game shutout. For whatever reason, over their last 5 meetings this season, the Cardinals pitching has dominated a Mets offense that has not been terrible for most of the season. The Mets did not put any pressure on Wacha, and he cruised against an offense that has veteran players that many can argue really appear to be mailing it in. The Met offense never showed a sense of urgency to chip away. After 2 innings, any fan could have predicted the outcome of tonight’s game, and it was only 4-0. The Mets finished the game with the same amount of hits and errors (3), and consistently put together poor at-bats. Of those 3 hits, Michael Conforto had 2 of them.
On the bright side, Rafael Montero pitched a solid game in which he got help from nobody. He went 6 innings, allowing 4 runs but only 2 of them were earned. Over his last few starts, Montero has shown improvements to a fanbase that is not exactly fond of him.
At the end of the day, tonight’s game was just another Met loss where they got off to a poor start, and did not show any spark to mount a comeback. The team is now 41-50, and have dropped 3 in a row. They’re not giving fans much to cheer about, and it’s fair to question their effort. Fans are waiting for the team to go on a big 8-10 game winning streak that simply isn’t going to happen. The Mets are making the question of whether they should be buyers or sellers much easier with their poor play. But, there is excitement for tomorrow’s game as Jacob deGrom will be taking the mound.
Question to sleep on:
After a preformance like tonight’s, what draw is there for any fan to attend a game for the rest of the season?