This time last season, the New York Mets were floundering offensively and heading up to the trade deadline. With numerous prospects ready to be used in trades, they eventually ended up with Kelly Johnson, Juan Uribe and Yoenis Cespedes as key components to the National League pennant.
This season, they are again floundering offensively, but the prospects are not there as they were last year, putting the hopes into a blockbuster deal to bring in help looking less likely.
It is that fact that makes the series loss to the St. Louis Cardinals all the more painful. They are now 4th in the race for the 2 Wild Card spots, and 1-½ games behind Miami for the second spot. The series not only had the continuation of the failure to hit with Runners in scoring position (4-33 in the series), but Jeruys Familia blew his 1st save since last August that would have given the Mets the series after the 8th inning comeback.
Here are the 3 stars of the series:
James Loney: 3 for 12, Double, Run.
Wilmer Flores: 4 for 9, Double, Run
Yoenis Cespedes: 3 for 12, Double, Home Run, Run, 2 RBI’s
Normally, I would write an individual entry as to why each player deserved their star for the series. However, their collective 10 for 33 performance was by far much better than the rest of the lineup’s 11 for 54 showing. Out of the 10 runs scored, Loney, Flores and Cespedes accounted for 30% of those. It was the offense by the rest of the lineup that contributed mightily to the abysmal RISP sat for the series.
The Mets look to get back on track this weekend against the Rockies, before starting the annual home and home series against the Yankees. It may be a bit hard to gain ground on the Cardinals and Marlins in the Wild Card race this week, as those two teams get together.