Maggie Wiggin, Contributor
The Mets played a 15-8 stretch to end April, but have since gone 5-13.
“We’ve been inconsistent,” David Wright told reporters this past weekend. “We go through a stretch where we play well, go through a stretch where we don’t play so well. Granted, it’s impossible to go through the whole season and play your best baseball every day, but there’s got to be some gray area where you squeak out a win when you’re not playing well, and it doesn’t seem we’re doing that.”
It’s hard to define what “not playing well” looks like, especially for a team that seems to so rarely play well. However, at least so far, the team’s record bares out what Wright is saying…
You’d expect good pitching to pick up a weak offense some of the time, especially in a park like Citi Field, but the team is an awful 2-18 when scoring three or fewer runs. When the team isn’t hitting, which is often, they aren’t getting the kind of shut-down pitching needed to overcome that weakness.
They also aren’t eking out any wins when they play poorly in the field. So far this season, they’ve made at least two errors in six different games and lost all of them. When they get sloppy in one regard, it seems to permeate the rest of the game.
Teams are usually successful over the course of a season because they can win close games and games where not everything is going well. Sometimes that means getting a stand-up game from one or two players, and sometimes it takes a bit of luck, and the Mets are short on both right now.
It’s still early and improvements from new pitching arrivals and currently underperforming hitters could help them get over the hump when playing less-than-stellar baseball overall, but right now when it rains it pours.