We saw what the Mets could do a week ago. They were proficient in tacking on runs, scoring late and getting hits with two outs, and – surprise – with runners in scoring position.
However, they were also doing that against Houston, Arizona and Washington. Teams not much better than them.
Now we are seeing what they can, or should I say, can’t do against the National League’s elite arms.
They were taken down last night by Tim Lincecum. Before that it was Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee. Those games also featured wasted pitching outings by Jon Niese, Chris Young and Chris Capuano.
Maybe it will get better when Jason Bay and Angel Pagan return, but their absence is really no excuse. Major league hitters must find away to manufacture runs. Even against the best, the Mets must play better than their current pace, which would net them 65 victories.
That’s good enough for last place, not much more.
As dominating as Lincecum was last night, the Mets left nine runners on base and went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. They had their chances.
This isn’t a team without opportunities. This is a team not good enough to convert them.
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