It would happen eventually with the Mets, that their vaunted offense would sputter and couldn’t be carried by their pitching.
The loss, coupled with Philadelphia beating Cincinnati, dropped the Mets into third behind the Phillies. That’s third behind the Phillies.
The Mets were eight games over .500 when they began their season-long 11-game road trip. They close it out Sunday having already lost six games.
Manager Terry Collins insists on saying he has a power-hitting team, but they’ve only scored 29 runs in the ten games so far on this trip and scored three runs or less six times. Add to that Matt Harvey falling deeper into his funk; Matz is ailing; and Bartolo Colon was shelled in his last start.
Jacob deGrom hopes to put the brakes on this slide before the Mets return home to face Washington.
METS GAME WRAP
May 14, 2016
Game: #36 Score: Rockies 7, Mets 4
Record: 21-15 Streak: L 3
Standings: Third, NL East 1.5 GB Nationals and half-game behind Philadelphia Playoffs Today: Second WC vs. Philadelphia
Runs: 143 Average: 3.97 Times 3 runs or less: 15
SUMMARY: Verrett was hammered, but by the time the offense showed signs of life in the sixth the hole was too deep.
KEY MOMENT: Catcher Tony Wolters’ two-run double in the third broke the game open. The double came after a controversial call by home plate umpire Carlos Torres that resulted in Collins being ejected. Torres said the ball was tipped, but replays didn’t show it that way.
THUMBS UP: Neil Walker broke out of his slump with three hits, including getting back his home run trot (No. 10). … The Mets had 13 hits, including bunching four together in the sixth. … Another good appearance by Sean Gilmartin. … Ditto for Jim Henderson. … Two hits by David Wright, including a hustle double leading off the seventh.
THUMBS DOWN: Verrett gave up seven runs on ten hits in 2.2 innings. … Mets went 3-for-11 with RISP and left eight. … Only one walk? Hard to believe.
EXTRA INNINGS: Matz might not throw tomorrow. The Mets haven’t said if he’s in or out of the Washington series. … DeGrom is 2-0 lifetime against the Rockies. … Wright could sit Sunday. There’s talk the Mets should drop Wright in the order, but his on-base percentage is a team-high .376.
QUOTEBOOK: “It’s unfair. No reason for it. [The hitter] was heading back to the dugout. [The umpire] said he heard it. You can’t challenge it. … It cost us the game. End of story.” – Collins on the blown call by umpire Torres.
BY THE NUMBERS: 43: Number of at-bats between homers for Walker.
NEXT FOR METS: DeGrom starts Sunday.