Looking Ahead

Jacob deGrom

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) reacts in the dugout after allowing a game-tying, solo home run to Chicago White Sox Todd Frazier (21) during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The Mets suffered gut-wrenching back-to-back defeats the last two days against the Chicago White Sox. There is no time to sulk however as they head to Miami to battle a Marlins team who is just a game and a-half behind them in the NL East standings. We could sit here and complain about how the Mets grounded into six double plays yesterday afternoon, or how the Mets were the second team ever in baseball history to walk 13 times and only score 1 run, but that doesn’t help matters at all. What matters is what’s in front of them as they depart on a 10-game road trip that will take them through Miami, Pittsburgh and Milwaukee.

The Mets didn’t show their best in this last six-game home stand after a prior strong showing against the Washington Nationals. The Mets finished this homestand 2-4, but will look to get something going away from Citi Field. The last time the Mets had a poor homestand that was filled with many question marks, it was the first homestand of the season where the Mets went 2-4, and everyone believed the world was ending.  The Mets then rattled off victories in 14 of their next 18 games, and the Mets were showing the league the type of firepower they possess when everything is clicking on the same page.

Yes there are a few question marks surrounding the Mets heading into Miami tomorrow. Will David Wright hit the DL? Will James Loney help pick up the slumping offense? How soon will Yoenis Cespedes break out of his recent slump? What has happened to Michael Conforto recently? I’m sure there is more questions that others could add to the list but this seems to be the main talking points as the Mets depart from New York. Maybe getting away from Citi Field for the next week and a-half will do the team some good again, and they can focus on getting back on track, while getting away from the negative energy. The offense, bullpen, and starting pitching are all on different pages over the last six games. But this is a marathon not a sprint as we are just entering the month of June, and the Mets have plenty of time to right the ship.

With Lucas Duda, Travis d’Arnaud, and now David Wright all currently out with injuries the Mets are missing 1/3 of their starting lineup. But the defending National League Champions know that there is no sympathy for their injuries and struggles recently around the league.

“Nobody feels sorry for you,” stated Manager Terry Collins. “The team on the other side of the field, they don’t feel sorry for you. The teams in the National League don’t feel sorry for you. You’ve got to fight your way through it. You’ve got to apply the things that are talked about in situational hitting, things that we work on every single day in batting practice. Hit the ball the other way. Runner at third base, less than two outs. Infield back. Infield in. Hitting and running. All of the things you talk about, all those things, they’ve got to start being applied.”

The next two out of three opponents for the Mets could be considered playoff contenders, and today the Mets get a much needed day off to to recharge their batteries. The Mets will have to dig deep to battle through their recent struggles to fight out of this mini-slump, but I am confident they have the pieces around them to do it. Maybe Collins shakes up the lineup tomorrow night to get the offense going, who knows? But what I do know is that this is a team who has been through plenty of adversity in the past, and knows what it takes to be successful. The Mets aren’t pretenders and shouldn’t be held in the same breath as other clubs who are.

No folks the sky hasn’t fallen. At least not yet.

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