It is one thing to lose, but how the Mets are doing so is extremely head scratching. Their bullpen has been spotty at times, but lately it has been their lack of offense coupled with shoddy defense.
Of course, if they don’t hit several home runs, they will end up wasting a strong pitching effort by one of their starters, as was the case in Thursday’s 6-4 loss to the Phillies at Citi Field.
The Mets committed three more errors tonight and seven for the series, and if not for Jay Bruce’s two homers Wednesday, they would have been swept at home by Philadelphia.
Instead, they lost two of three and five of their last seven, which is not the way they want to be playing with Washington coming in for three this weekend.
It is said the ball will find the inexperienced glove, but don’t blame Bruce for the mix-up at first base in the second inning that lead to three runs.
Bruce gloved Freddy Galvis’ dribbler, but his throw fell between pitcher Noah Syndergaard and second baseman Neil Walker.
Although Bruce was charged with an error, manager Terry Collins said he wasn’t to blame.
“Noah has to get over there,” Collins said. “Jay made a nice play on it.”
Syndergaard called it a freakish play, and it was, but ultimately pointed the finger at himself.
“It was a mess up from the get go,’’ Syndergaard said. “But, it is my responsibility to get over there and cover the bag.”
Another error, this time by Asdrubal Cabrera on room service double-play grounder, lead to two runs in the third.
“I can’t remember Asdrubal Cabrera missing a play like that,” lamented Collins. “The fact that we didn’t make two plays turned the tide of the game.”
Syndergaard gave them the chance to win, but Collins summed it up perfectly.
“We have to start scoring some runs,” Collins said. “We have to start playing better.”
SYNDERGAARD COMES UP EMPTY: Syndergaard was splendid in his season-high 114-pitch effort over seven innings in which he gave up five runs – two unearned – with no walks and ten strikeouts.
In four starts overall, Syndergaard has 30 strikeouts with no walks in his four starts.
“For the most part, I felt pretty good,” Syndergaard said. “I felt this was the best my mechanics have been for a long time.”
FAMILIA UNIMPRESSIVE: Jeurys Familia wasn’t effective in his first relief appearance of the season, issuing two walks in the ninth inning.
“Rusty, to say the least,”” was how Collins evaluated Familia’s outing.
Collins said Familia needs the work, which is why he left him in to throw 30 pitches. Collins said Familia should be ready for Friday.
CESPEDES INJURED: The Mets’ injury woes continued when Yoenis Cespedes left the game in the fifth inning with a left hamstring cramp while running the bases. He was replaced by Juan Lagares and Michael Conforto moved to left.
“Anytime you talk about hamstrings it is a concern,” Collins said. “When you have a hamstring with his body (tightly muscled), it is a concern.”
Cespedes will have a MRI Friday.
Don’t forget, Cespedes took over a month to recover from a strained quad last season, so I wouldn’t bet on seeing him Friday night against the Nationals.
INJURY UPDATES: Lucas Duda, who sustained a hyperextended left elbow the night before did not play. … Travis d’Arnaud, who sustained a contusion to his throwing hand, appeared as a pinch-hitter. … Wilmer Flores was unavailable with an infection in his knee.
“Our training room is starting to fill up and we don’t need that,” Collins said.
NATS UP NEXT: Jacob deGrom starts Friday night against Washington.