Mets offense sputters versus Reds

After a three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays in which the New York Mets offense put up nine or more runs in all three games (29 runs total), the clum’s offense managed just five-runs while being swept at the hands of the Cincinnati Reds.

During the bottom of the second inning of Sunday afternoon’s loss, Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy and Josh Thole delivered three-straight singles to load the bases with one-out.  The struggling Andres Torres stepped to the plate with a chance to do some damage. Instead, Torres popped out to shallow centerfield.  The Mets caught a break after Reds starter, Johnny Cueto walked right hander Chris Young to force in the games first run, but failed to plate another run as Cueto struck out Kirk Nieuwenhuis to end the inning and the NY rally.

Entering Sunday’s contest versus the Reds, the Mets were hitting .267 with runners in scoring position, ranking seventh in Major League Baseball. Yet. They managed just one hit in five such situations on Sunday and finished the three-game set just 3-for-18 (.167) with runners in scoring position.  Something manager Terry Collins acknowledged during his post-game presser, saying:

Well, we asked ourselves the same question this morning, ‘What’s the difference?. We had opportunities. One of the things we’ve done, we’ve gotten big hits with two outs, and this series we didn’t hit with two outs.”

Like they did last week, the Mets will have a chance to bounce back tonight as they welcome in the Baltimore Orioles.  However, as David Wright told reporters yesterday afternoon, it’s going to be a long week if the club continues to struggle offensively:

Photo taken by Michael Baron

We’re sputtering a little bit offensively. Our starting pitching hasn’t been bad, but we just haven’t been able to get that many runs. Obviously, it puts a ton of pressure on the pitching staff to put zeros up when offensively we’re not clicking. I think that we’re doing an OK job getting guys on base, but we haven’t had that big hit that gets us going. …We didn’t play so well the first three games of the homestand, but we’ve got two really, really good teams coming in here now [Orioles and Yankees], and we’ve got to figure it out, because it’s going to be a long week if we continue to struggle offensively. We need to continue to have good at-bats, and somebody will break that ice and get that big hit, and it’ll kind of flow from there.”

 

 

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