METS GAME WRAP
Game: #27 May 5: at San Diego Score: Padres 5, Mets 3 Record: 17-10 Streak: L1
Standings: Second, NL East 1.5 GB Nationals Playoffs Today: First WC vs. Pittsburgh
Runs: 123 Average: 4.5 Times 3 or less: 11
ANALYSIS: Are you getting the feeling the Mets are becoming an “all-or-nothing’’ team? It’s starting look that way for me, because despite all those home runs they have scored three runs or less in 11 out of their 27 games (40 percent). That further underscores the need to manufacture runs in not overrated.
SUMMARY: Colin Rea’s no-hit bid was broken up in the seventh inning. Jacob deGrom (3-1) took his first loss of the season and later said he pinpointed a mechanical flaw of opening up to much and falling to the first place side in his delivery. This flaw gives the hitter a split second extra to identify the pitch. Perhaps he can help Matt Harvey.
KEY MOMENT: San Diego scored in each of the first three innings to take control of the game.
THUMBS UP: That deGrom recognized his flaw. … Home runs by Curtis Granderson and Yoenis Cespedes, giving the Mets 42 on the year. … A hit by Kevin Plawecki. No, they did not stop the game to give him the ball.
THUMBS DOWN: Their all-or-nothing offense. … DeGrom’s mechanics. … Logan Verrett gave up two runs in two innings. Could they be using him too much?
EXTRA INNINGS: This is the Mets’ longest road trip of the season. … Asdrubal Cabrera was hitless, but has at least one hit in his 26 starts. … With his homer, Cespedes has hit four in his last eight games. … Michael Conforto went 0-for-4 and is hitless in four of his last five games, going 1-for-19. Averages drop quickly this time of year, but his has gone from .365 after the April 30 game (the day before going 0-5 against Madison Bumgarner to .301 after today’s game.
QUOTEBOOK: “[Our pitching] didn’t make the pitches we normally make and gave up a lot of hits,’’ manager Terry Collins on deGrom and Verrett.
BY THE NUMBERS: 9: Strikeouts by Conforto in his last five games.
NEXT FOR METS: Noah Syndergaard goes for the Mets. Opposing base runners are 8-for-8 in steal attempts against Syndergaard in his last two starts.