The buzz after Tuesday night’s escape was it was the type of game the Mets could parlay into a run that would enable them to make another run at the playoffs.
Instead, with a patchwork lineup, the Mets’ sizzle turned to fizzle in one of their worst games of the season.
Bartolo Colon didn’t have it from the outset and the Mets’ offense was a rumor in Wednesday afternoon’s 6-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs.
The Mets are now 11-37 when scoring three runs or less, and their impotent offense goes into Miami, where they have always had a hard time.
“They are all big now,” Collins told reporters. “We have to go in there and win two. No doubt it will be a big weekend for us.”
Perhaps it is their biggest of the season.
Wednesday’s other storylines were:
Collins said they were tired, which is odd considering the All-Star break was last week and Cespedes has played in just three games since July 8. However, if he used Wilmer Flores on a rotation basis to rest his infield, and Cespedes was on the DL as he should be, there might be a different edge to the offense.
Flores hit another home run today and is batting .412 with seven home runs and 13 RBI in 11 games since July 3. However, he has started only two of the last six games.
Collins said Flores would start Friday against Marlins lefty Adam Conley, but he should be playing more. Much more.
Kelly Johnson started Wednesday and went 4-for-4. He usually produces when given the chance and should be in there Friday.
Last year, Collins said if players were hitting they would play. Both Flores and Johnson should play Friday.
GRANDERSON’S BRAIN CRAMP: One of the few Mets remotely hitting is Curtis Granderson, but his inexplicable brain meltdown in the first seemed to set the tone for the game.
Granderson attempted to bunt his way on but fouled off the pitch. It’s not a bad thought because he had the element of surprise, but gave that away with two more bunt attempts, including with two strikes that he fouled off.
What was he thinking?