The 2018 season started with such promise for the New York Mets. They won eleven of their first twelve games under new manager Mickey Callaway and all seemed right with the world.
But since that stretch, the Mets’ fortunes have taken a nosedive. They have gone 6-14 over the next 20 games and have looked even worse than that record doing it. They aren’t hitting and most times, they aren’t pitching, either. When they do hit, they don’t pitch. It’s been hard to watch.
This week, that old feeling began to creep in again as all the news coming out of Flushing was of the negative type. Matt Harvey was designated for assignment. He was so bad, the team decided to ship him to AAA Las Vegas to try get him righted. But Harvey refused, and the Mets had no other option but to designate him for assignment. Another once promising young star fallen from grace. The Mets’ landscape is littered with them.
More importantly, act starter Jason deGrom hyperextended his elbow during an at-bat. Medical tests proved negative, sending a collective sigh of relief throughout the organization, but they still placed him on the DL as a precaution. He’ll be back this weekend.
Then, they were swept in the six-game home stand against the Atlanta Braves and Colorado Rockies, two teams that many figure to contend in the National League this season. The hard part is that no one in particular is to blame nor is there any rhyme or reason fro the sudden dearth of output.
From Anthony DiComo of MLB.com:
Culprits lurk in every corner of the clubhouse, but particularly up and down the lineup. Michael Confortois in an 0-for-13 funk. Yoenis Cespedes departed Sunday’s game with a quad injury. His replacement, Brandon Nimmo, is 1-for-his-last-11. Jay Bruce hasn’t driven in a run since the calendar flipped to May. The Mets averaged 1.8 runs per game on their winless six-game homestand, leading for just two of the 54 innings they played.
The season is far from over, of course. We’re only 32 games in and, yes, they are still over .500 (17-15). Best of all, they are only a game and a half behind the division leader Atlanta with 130 games to play. A lot can happen. Let’s just hope they get off this wretched path they’re on.