The New York Mets were not in many people’s MLB picks for making the playoffs this year and they probably got a dose of reality over the weekend, getting swept three games in the Subway Series at Yankee Stadium.
The Mets went into their weekend interleague series with the Yankees last weekend just a game and a half out of first place in the NL East. They came out of it four and a half games back. Call it a lost weekend.
Friday night Johan Santana, making his first start since tossing his no-hitter (*), got rocked for four home runs in the first three innings as the Mets lost 9-1. Saturday the Metros got a quality start from Dillon Gee but could only garner two runs themselves off Phil Hughes in a 4-2 defeat.
Then Sunday Jon Niese had the Yankees stymied though six and two-thirds innings, but a David Wright throwing error led to a Russell Martin two-run homer, and two innings later Jon Rauch gave up another Martin dinger to hand the Mets a 5-4 walk-off defeat.
The Mets bullpen now ranks dead last in the Majors with a 5.59 ERA, while Rauch himself has six losses and has been tagged for two crucial home runs over his last three starts.
New York’s NL-ers did their financial backers no favors over the weekend, either, coming up empty vs. the Yanks as underdogs of +140, +160 and +170.
So the Mets have lost six of their last seven games overall, and seven of their last eight games vs. those damned Yankees.
The final edition of the Subway Series for this season is slated for Citi Field June 22-24.
The Mets now look to put the weekend’s goose egg behind them as they begin a three-game series vs. the Rays in St. Pete starting Tuesday. They then head home for three games with the Reds this weekend.