The Mets have not scored a run in their last 21 innings, during which their pitching staff has allowed just three runs.
In the eighth inning Wednesday, Ruben Tejada was chased back to third base and called out after Darrell Ceciliani failed to execute a suicide squeeze. In total, the Mets had seven hits in 11 innings; they left the bases loaded in the second inning; left runners on first and third in the 11th; and three times they wasted a lead-off double.
“When you’re not scoring, the one thing we talked about for three days was trying to do something different,” a surprisingly calm Terry Collins said after the game. “Whatever we’ve been doing hasn’t been working. … We’ll continue to press forward and try to come up with some answers.”
The team has the second-lowest batting average in the majors. They’re in a team-wide slump. Wilmer Flores is 0 for his last 11. Juan Lagares is 2 for 22. Lucas Duda was 0-for-5 with four strikeouts on Wednesday, dropping his average to .250 on the year.
“It’s tough, essentially it’s centered on me, I’m not getting the job done,” Duda later said. “I’m not moving guys over. I’m not getting guys in. It’s been a pretty tough month, actually, but I’m gonna continue to work hard, prepare like I do, and I have a good feeling it’s gonna change here soon.”
Collins suggested he will likely switch up his batting order Thursday in an effort to inspire more run production.
“We’ve gotta flip-flop some guys somehow, shake it up a little bit,” he explained.
Matthew Cerrone: I keep coming back to a quote by Joe Maddon, who said last season while his Rays were in a similar offensive drought, “If you want better results, get better hitters.”
I mean, that’s it. It’s that simple. It’s not about more bunting, squeeze plays or hit and runs; it’s not about a more fiery manager yelling at people; it’s not about changing the lineup. It’s about changing the people in the lineup. Frankly, it’s the same problem as last year and the four years before that. This is not about execution. It’s about talent. There are people on this team who should not be on a major-league roster, let alone in the starting lineup every night.
I understand the trade market is in grid lock, though I’m hearing from insiders that more phones are beginning to ring around baseball as GMs ready themselves for making moves toward the end of this month. The Mets are not scoring runs at a historic rate, it has the attention of baseball and rival GMs almost certainly feel Sandy Alderson‘s desperation. That said, I can no longer accept that there aren’t moves that for another team would seem insignificant but, for the Mets, would help a lot.
In the last two weeks, Delmon Young, Rickie Weeks, Casey McGehee, and others, have all been designated for assignment. The Cardinals are about to face a log-jam in their outfield and are reportedly looking for a pitcher. I refuse to believe Randal Grichuk, Peter Bourjos or John Jay would cost Noah Syndergaard or Steven Matz. I’m not saying this type of player will turn the Mets in to Murderer’s Row, but at this point, any addition has to be better than what Collins is being asked to field every night.
I’ve never in my life seen such a stark disparity between a pitching staff and offense. The Mets could easily be 46-33 with the second-best record in the National League if they had only scored 11 more runs in six games played during the last 30 days.
This is an outstanding pitching staff that is only going to get better as the year goes on. I realize the season isn’t even half complete and there is plenty of time to ‘turn things around,’ and ‘press forward.’ There is no doubt every game and every inning is going to count, every one run is going to mean the world to this pitching staff. The Mets don’t need an All-Star slugger, though that would be nice. Instead, they’d benefit from two or three professional baseball players with proven experience, guys who stand a chance of putting the ball in play. With their pitching, they don’t need to be the best offensive team in baseball; they only need to be slightly better than they’ve been. At this point, even slightly below average would be an improvement and result in more wins than losses. It’s not a huge ask, and it shouldn’t be an impossible feat.
Bartolo Colon tossed seven scoreless innings, but -the Mets failed to score for the second straight game as they were shut out by the Cubs, 2-0, in 11 innings at Citi Field on Wednesday night.
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Michael Cuddyer, who left Tuesday’s game early due to a sore left knee, could return to the lineup on Friday, Terry Collins said. Cuddyer underwent an MRI and received an injection in his knee on Wednesday.
David Wright could be cleared for baseball activity next week, Mike Puma of the New York Post reported. Wright, currently in Los Angeles receiving treatment for spinal stenosis, has been out since mid-April.
Triple-A Las Vegas SS Matt Reynolds told SNY.TV’s Rob Brender that he’s been frustrated at times to still be in the minors, but noted that he needs to be patient.
OF Brandon Nimmo, IF Josh Rodriguez, and pitchers Luis Cessa and Paul Sewald will represent Double-A Binghamton in the Eastern League All-Star Game.
What’s on tap for Thursday, July 2
The Mets wrap up their three-game series against the Cubs at Citi Field on Thursday at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.
Jacob deGrom gets the start for the Mets. He’ll be opposed by Jake Arrieta for Chicago.
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Wednesday’s minor league recaps…
Mets SS prospect Matt Reynolds homered for the first time since June 16 in the 51s Wednesday loss in Tacoma. It was his fifth home run of the season.
Reynolds has really been struggling at the plate, going 4-for-his-last-36, including the 1-for-4 performance Wednesday. He’s also been battling a sore right elbow, which kept him out of the starting lineup for four games recently >>Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors
David Wright has been making progress and could be cleared to begin running and fielding grounders next week, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports (July 1).
After Wednesday’s game, Terry Collins said that Wright told him he’s “extremely optimistic” he’ll be able to begin baseball activities next week (July 1).
Sandy Alderson noted recently that Wright had made progress in his return from spinal stenosis.
Wright, who will meet up with the team when they travel to Los Angeles this weekend, is still in L.A. with Dr. Robert Watkins and his staff working to strengthen his core, spinal column and back to better manage his condition.
Wright will report to St. Lucie when cleared for baseball activities by Watkins and team doctors.
Wright played in just eight games this season before going on the disabled list for a hamstring injury, after which he reported back pain and was diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis.
The Mets failed to score for the second straight game as they were shut out by the Cubs, 2-0, in 11 innings on Wednesday night at Citi Field.
A few batters after the Mets failed to convert a double play in the top of the 11th, the Cubs scored the first run of the game on a two-out run-scoring infield single by Starlin Castro. Later in the 11th, Miguel Montero lined an RBI single to right field to increase Chicago’s lead to 2-0.
The Mets put runners on first and third with two outs in the 11th, but Kevin Plawecki struck out looking to end the game.
Bartolo Colon retired 14 straight at one point and tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits, walking one and striking out eight.
The Mets had runners on second and third with one out in a scoreless game in the eighth, but a failed suicide squeeze resulted in the first out before Darrell Ceciliani struck out to end the threat.
In the top of the ninth, the Cubs had runners on second and third with one out, but Jeurys Familia induced a pop out and grounder to short to escape the jam.
The Mets went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
The Mets wrap up their three-game series against the Cubs on Thursday at Citi Field at 1:10 p.m. Jacob deGrom (8-5, 2.15 ERA) gets the start for the Mets. He’ll be opposed by Jake Arrieta (7-5, 2.94 ERA) for Chicago.
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling break down the Mets’ 2-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night at Citi Field.
The Mets (40-38) will take on the Cubs (40-35) in the second game of their three-game series at Citi Field.
Bartolo Colon (9-6, 4.89 ERA) gets the start for the Mets and will oppose LHP Jon Lester (4-6, 4.03 ERA) at 7:10 p.m. ET.
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|1. Curtis Granderson RF
||1. Dexter Fowler CF
|2. Ruben Tejada SS
||2. Anthony Rizzo 1B
|3. Lucas Duda 1B
||3. Kris Bryant 3B
|4. Daniel Murphy 3B
||4. Chris Coghlan LF
|5. John Mayberry Jr. LF
||5. Starlin Castro SS
|6. Wilmer Flores 2B
||6. Mike Baxter RF
|7. Kevin Plawecki C
||7. David Ross C
|8. Juan Lagares CF
||8. Jon Lester LHP
|9. Bartolo Colon RHP
||9. Jonathan Herrera 2B
Colon Notes: His nine wins are tied for fifth in the majors. Gave up four runs in six innings during his last start against Milwaukee. Hitters had a .380 batting average against Colon during his two previous starts. Colon is third in baseball in strike percentage at 70.2 percent. He has an 6-2 record at Citi field this season.
Lester Notes: He allowed four runs in four innings pitched in his last outing against the Dodgers. Has not pitched more than seven innings in any start this season. Lester allowed three runs over six innings during a win against the Mets in May at Wrigley Field. Lefties are hitting .319 against him in 2015.
Mets Notes: The Mets have lost seven straight games to the Cubs dating back to August 2014. Mets pitching has a 0.88 ERA in its last 51 innings. The bullpen hasn’t given up a run in 14.1 innings. The team is 8-13 against the NL Central in 2015. Bobby Parnell has stranded six of eight inherited runners since returning from surgery. Kevin Plawecki has a .314 batting average over his last 13 games.
Cubs Notes: The Cubs have now gone .500 or better in every month this season. Chicago is 20-19 in games away from Wrigley Field. Thirty-two of the Cubs’ first 75 games have been decided by one run. Anthony Rizzo‘s .968 OPS is the fifth-highest in all of baseball. Chicago hitters have averaged 3.98 pitches per plate appearance this season, tops in the majors.
Matt Reynolds and Travis Taijeron of Triple-A Las Vegas have been named Pacific Coast League All-Stars (Rubin, July 1).
Reynolds, 24, is hitting .270 with 4 home runs and 43 RBI in 73 games this season.
The Mets selected Reynolds with a second round draft pick they acquired from the Miami Marlins when Jose Reyes departed as a free agent in 2012.
Taijeron, 26, is hitting .296 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 67 games this season.
The Mets selected Taijeron in the 18th round of the 2011 draft.