The Pirates 8-1 victory over the Mets Sunday completed a series and season sweep of the New York Mets.
Matt Harvey limited the Pirates to just one run over 6 innings. However, after a short rain delay, pitcher Bobby Parnell threw a ball into center field in the seventh inning attempting to turn a double play when no one was covering second base. The Pirates eventually scored four runs in the inning capping the series sweep and final regular season match-up between the two teams. Not only are they 0-6 this year against the Pirates, the Mets have not led in any point of the six games. The Mets are now 3-17 against the NL central top teams including the Cardinals and the Cubs.
The good news is despite being swept this weekend the Mets still maintained their 4 ½ game lead over the Washington Nationals in the NL east. The Nats are currently on a six game losing streak and have fallen below .500 at 58-59.
If the Nationals weren't floundering so much I believe the recent sweep would be an area of concern but with the Nats failing to get anything going, mets fans and players shouldn't worry to much. Also in the Mets favor is their easy of schedule. The Mets do not face a NL team with a current record above .500 for the rest of the season. The only two teams currently above .500 they are set to play is Baltimore (60-56) for a short two game series in Camden and the Yankees (64-52) at Citi Field in late September.
What should be a bigger issue at hand for manager Terry Collins and the Mets is that despite their dominating pitching that is debatably the best staff in the league, the Mets can't seem to beat top teams especially those that they could be battling a wild card spot for. The mets need to find a reliable arm in the bullpen that can finish out games and give them a chance to win after great starts like Harvey's yesterday.
Another concern more threatening then the slumping Nats right now is is their record on the road. The mets are currently 21-34 when playing outside of Citi field, a problem that could certainly come into play in the playoff race and the playoffs if they can hold their current lead.
Until the Nationals can get back on track however I don't believe this sweep is something to sweat in the grand scheme of what should be an interesting Last month and a half, but they Mets are certainly running away with things yet.