Mets Lose 13-0 As Collins Remains Upbeat

Published on: 8th August, 2012


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Mets Lose 13-0 As Collins Remains Upbeat

New York Mets' Ike Davis sits in the dugout during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at Citi Field in New York. The Nationals beat the Mets 5-2 to sweep the series. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig).  | read this item

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NEW YORK — Tonight’s game between the New York Mets and the Miami Marlins was either a harbinger of what is to come over the last 51 games of this season or, just an aberration.

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The Mets have to hope the 13-0 thrashing they took from the Miami Marlins is just an aberration. Because, if it isn’t, the last third of the 2012 campaign is going to look awfully familiar to Mets fans who have followed this team for the past four years, all seasons with gigantic second-half collapses. In each case, Mets faithful were left with a collective bad taste in their mouths that had them screaming for the heads of everyone from the team managers (Willie Randolph and Jerry Manuel were both fired) to begging the owners, The Wilpons, to sell the team.

“We didn’t pitch, we didn’t hit — that’s what happens when you just have one of those stinkers really,” said David Wright, who had two of the Mets’ five hits on the night.

The Mets went into the All-Star break 46-40 and optimistic they would compete for one of two NL wild-card spots. But injuries to ace Johan Santana, Dillon Gee and closer Frank Francisco and an offense that has stalled has New York fading fast. The Mets had lost 12 games in a span of 13 for first time since 2004 and now have a 7-18 record since the All-Star game. More and more, it’s looking like the same old, same old.

“When you get beat like this tonight, it’s one of those games, you just check it off the calendar and get ready for tomorrow,” said manager Terry Collins.

Giancarlo Stanton hit two two-run homers, Jose Reyes also connected against his former team in the rout.

Reyes extended his hitting streak to a career-high 26 games, the longest in the majors this season. Stanton went deep twice against an ineffective Chris Young and finished with four hits in the All-Star slugger’s second game back from knee surgery.

After going seven games without a home run, Miami hit four in one night at Citi Field to back Nathan Eovaldi (3-7). Greg Dobbs capped the outburst with a two-run shot in the ninth.

Eovaldi somehow worked around six walks in five-plus innings. Hit hard by Atlanta in his previous outing, the 22-year-old rookie won for the second time in three starts with the Marlins since they acquired him July 25 in a trade that sent Hanley Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Amazin’s are now 0-8 at Citi Field since the All-Star break. Overall, they’ve now lost nine straight at home — their last win in Queens was way back on July 7 against the Cubs. This marks the Mets’ longest home losing streak since late in the 2004 season, their final one under manager Art Howe.

“This is when you cinch up your belt, reach inside, find out what you’re made of, find out who wants to compete the last 50 games of this season,” said Collins. “Because those are the guys you’re gonna want on the team.”

Their overall record is now 53-58 on the year — 15 games behind the first-place Nationals in the NL East, and 10.5 games behind in the race for the final NL wild card.

Aberration or harbinger? You decide.

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