The New York Mets looked like they were putting it together. After a downright awful month of June, the Mets started July with six straight wins to give them some life. Then it all came crashing down.
And it came crashing down in San Diego, of all places, against the team that eliminated last year’s 101-win squad in the Wild Card series.
It’s become an unfortunate feeling for the Mets this season.
WFAN’s Evan Roberts of the Audacy Original Podcast “Rico Brogna” called out the Mets for coming across like a “gutless team” this year as the season continues to slip away.
“The Mets all season long have come across like a gutless team,” Roberts said (1:50 in player above). “When you would think there would be revenge and there would be a big performance and there would be a ‘Let’s show the Braves after embarrassing us last year!’ What happens? You’ve lost five out of six to them. You blew three leads in Atlanta. And you got swept.”
That series in Atlanta is now more than a month in the rearview mirror but it still sticks in the craw, especially after how last season ended.
That feeling crept in again this weekend.
“You’re facing Joe Musgrove and the San Diego Padres, the team that eliminated you last year,” Roberts continued. “Musgrove with the shiny ear and the crazy spin rate, and you go out there and you manage three hits against him.”
The Mets had Max Scherzer on the mound against Musgrove, and much like in the playoffs, New York’s ace faltered while the Padres put together a 6-2 win. Scherzer allowed five runs in as many innings in the loss.
These losses have become all too familiar for the Mets.
“This has not been a team that has responded to the challenges that you would hope they would respond to.”