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Mets offense continues awful homestand by being shut out for third time in 2-0 loss

Category: Mets Batters Written by MetsNews / May 7, 2018

Mets offense continues awful homestand by being shut out for third time in 2-0 loss

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Mets lefty Steven Matz on his outing
Matt Ehalt, Staff Writer, @MattEhalt

NEW YORK — Designating Matt Harvey for assignment may help the Mets’ pitching staff, but it won’t have any effect on a slumping offense.

For the third time in four games, the Mets failed to score as they fell to the Rockies, 1-0, on Saturday night at Citi Field. Steven Matz (1-3) allowed a solo homer to Nolan Arenado in the first inning, but the Mets’ hitters left seven men on base.

The Mets (17-14) have now lost five straight games and will look to avoid a winless homestand in Sunday’s series finale. They have not held a lead in 45 innings.

“Obviously we’re disappointed around here, especially for Steve putting on such a good start for us, and only allowing two runs as a whole tonight,” Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo said. “We would like to cash that into a win. Got a lot of veterans around here that understand baseball is an up and down game and you’re going to go through these hills and valleys. One of those things where hitting is contagious.”

Rough homestand

This homestand has not gone well for the Mets with the offense tallying nine runs in five games, and in all but one of those games they have failed to top two runs.

The offense showed late life Friday in an 8-7 loss to the Rockies, but the momentum did not carry over to Saturday. The hitters were stymied by righty Chad Bettis, who blanked the Mets over seven scoreless innings while striking out two batters. 

The Mets stranded the tying run at second in the fourth and eighth innings. Asdrubal Cabrera struck out and Jay Bruce flied out to end that eighth-inning rally in a 1-0 game. 

“Obviously disappointed but this is baseball, you go through these times,” Nimmo said. “Keep grinding, never give up and stay mentally into it.”

Quality outing

The shutout left Matz with a tough-luck loss despite the scuffling lefty producing one of his best outings of the year. He held the Rockies to three hits spanning 88 pitches.

The coaching staff stressed to Matz after his last outing to slow things down between pitches, and he did not let any negative developments affect him Saturday.

Matz also did not any lingering effects from the back stiffness that delayed his start.

“I thought there was a little edge to (Matz) I hadn’t seen from him before,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said.

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His lone mistake occurred in the first when he yielded a two-out homer to Arenado, but he otherwise held Colorado in check while completing a season-best six innings.

Robert Gsellman allowed a run in the ninth.

“It’s good to see results from it, I can still get better,” Matz said. “It’s a building block.”

As the Mets are one loss away from an 0-6 homestand, Callaway isn’t concerned.

“In baseball, these spurts happen. We have to stick with processes and routines. That’s the way to counteract what’s happening,” Callaway said. “If we just base all our decision making on just results, we’d be in trouble. Especially this early in the season.”

 

Published at Sun, 06 May 2018 03:22:18 +0000

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