Who’re these guys?
The primary-place Mets? The .500 Mets? The basics- and timeliness-challenged Mets?
As they return house following their first journey out of the Jap time zone since 2019, Steve Cohen’s Mets discover themselves searching for an identification in addition to some wins.
“I simply need us to construct that consistency as a workforce in order that we are able to play our greatest baseball,” Luis Rojas stated late Thursday night time, after his membership suffered its third straight loss, 4-3 in 10 innings to the Cubs at Wrigley Subject.
At 7-7, adequate to be tied with the Phillies (9-9) for first place within the Nationwide League East, the Mets had greatest be removed from their greatest baseball if they need Cohen’s inaugural journey to be a memorable success.
With the least video games performed within the business because of the Nationals’ opening-week COVID outbreak and three climate postponements/suspensions, the Mets can describe their early identification thusly: In Jacob deGrom and Marcus Stroman, they may possess as stellar a 1-2 starting-pitching mixture as any membership in baseball. After which they have to deal with loads of questions and considerations about the remainder of the operation.
The Mets underneath Cohen and workforce president Sandy Alderson prided themselves on an preliminary offseason that strengthened their roster. To date, such a bolstering has paid off solely minimally.
After tying this sport on J.D. Davis’ pinch-hit, seventh-inning double towards Ryan Tepera, Davis’ not beginning producing some headlines due to how poorly he has manned third base, the Mets couldn’t plate any extra runs, emblematic of their younger season. Not even when their positioned base-runner Kevin Pillar superior to 3rd base with no outs within the tenth, pinch-hitter Jeff McNeil chasing a number of pitches out of the zone to strike out, nor once they loaded the bases with one out, Dominic Smith grounding right into a double play.
When Pete Alonso slipped whereas fielding David Bote’s bunt within the backside of the tenth, stopping him from getting the lead runner at third base (he received the out at first as a substitute), it set in movement Jason Heyward’s walk-off single towards Edwin Diaz, undoing six shutout innings by the Mets’ bullpen — three of these by Sean Reid-Foley in his Mets debut, a really encouraging efficiency — and giving the mediocre Cubs a sweep.
“Getting swept seems like consuming a s— sandwich,” Alonso stated.
Their offense has considerably underachieved — they went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring place Thursday and are 21-for-113 (.186) for the season — and their protection has realized at the very least a few of its biggest fears. Their rotation hasn’t confirmed dependable outdoors of their high pair and the bullpen has been inconsistent.
“I really feel prefer it’s not our lack of effort,” Alonso stated. “We’re grinding. … I’d assume that this group is a resilient group, and I do know there’s a variety of expertise on our squad. There’ve been glimmers of greatness, and I really feel like because the season rolls on, we’re going to seize extra of these moments collectively as an entire.”
“We’ve all the time received to count on [their best baseball] to occur the subsequent day,” Rojas stated. “Received to pack up our stuff right here, get on the airplane, have that mentality and provides it our all [Friday].”
The flailing Nats come to Flushing, the rivals’ first assembly after the aborted opening set in Washington, and maybe a mixture of an undermanned opponent and hometown cooking will get the Mets going and exhibiting their true selves.
For if what they’re displaying now constitutes the Mets’ greatest selves, it’s gonna be an extended rookie season for his or her proprietor.