The Mets come off their 7-2 road trip – had the offense not take the last two games of the Yankees series off it could have been 8-1 or better – yet another example of their streakiness.
After winning seven straight on the road the Mets scored all of three runs on 10 hits in the last two games of the Yankees series, and in the process dropped to 2 1/2 games behind the Braves.
The Mets have been all or nothing this year, either sizzling or freezing. They should not be penalized because they beat up on Baltimore on Cleveland, because playoff caliber teams should maul the weaker teams.
However, they begin a six-game homestand tonight against Detroit and Minnesota, teams not the caliber of the Yankees, but clearly solid ball clubs on the scale of St. Louis, Philadelphia, San Diego and Los Angeles – teams they will contend with down the stretch.
The Mets lost two of three to the Yankees, and what they need to prove tonight against Justin Verlander and the Tigers is that two losses doesn’t have to mean the start of a losing streak.
The Tigers and Twins are good, so the Mets just can’t throw their glove on the field, say “we’re home,’’ and expect to win.
The Mets have won 10 of their last 11 at Citi Field and are second in the NL with a 24-10 home record behind the Braves’ major league leading 24-7.
Jon Niese will attempt to get the Mets back on track tonight. Niese (4-2, 3.64) has won his last three starts, compiling a 1.57 ERA in that span.
At home Niese is 2-0 with a 2.30 ERA in five starts, all won by the Mets.