Published on: 11th August, 2016
by Scott Mandel
New York — Make no mistake about it. The New York Mets 2016 season,with all of its playoff hopes, positive vibes, and logical expectations is officially at risk of imploding in front of our very eyes.
Getting swept by another team at home is bad enough but when it’s by a team like the Arizona Diamondbacks, who came to Citifield with a 46-66 record, and, it happens down the stretch of a playoff push, it is inexcusable, in Terry Collins’ view. Collins, in his post-game press conference, was steamed. No one in the Mets press corps had ever seen the Mets manager, who had a reputation prior to coming to New York for being a fiery sort, go off as he did today. Watch following video of Collins’ post-game:
The DBacks rattled Noah Synndegaard with four more stolen bases, then broke open the game in a six-run sixth inning that included Chris Owings’ bases-loaded triple as they rolled to a 9-0 rout that completed a three-game sweep.
Braden Shipley (2-1), making his fourth big league start, pitched three-hit ball over seven innings, struck out seven and walked one. That wasn’t Bob Gibson out there on the mound but against this Mets lineup, missing David Wright, Lucas Duda, Yoenis Cespedes, and Jose Reyes, any major league pitcher has a chance to dominate.
Arizona continued what has become a league-wide assault on Mets pitchers and catchers by stealing 13 bases in this three-game series — one shy of Baltimore’s season total, three more than the Diamondbacks’ previous mark for any series and the most in a three-game series against the Mets.
Runners have swiped 36 bases in 40 tries against Syndergaard this year and are 51 for 56 against him in his career, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Mets have allowed a big league-high 102 steals, including 20 off rookie Steven Matz, who is second behind Syndergaard.
Fans booed the sloppy Mets, who allowed Arizona to steal bases without throws and also had an error, wild pitch and run-scoring passed ball.
New York, which began the day 2 1/2 games back for the NL’s second wild card, dropped to 5-11 since the All-Star Game and at 57-57 is down to .500 for the first time since a 7-7 mark in April.
With its first sweep at the Mets since 2002 at Shea Stadium, the Diamondbacks improved to 29-27 on the road — they are 19-39 at home.
Syndergaard threw up his arms in frustration when Shipley, who made his debut July 25, singled up the middle through a drawn-in infield for his first big league RBI. Syndergaard allowed three runs and eight hits — including three doubles and a triple. He is 0-4 in his last six starts.
Mets manager Terry Collins left the ballpark at 12:30 a.m. following a 3-2, 12-inning loss and was back 6 1/2 hours later. He said a quick turnaround on a hot, humid day was a mental test.
If so, his team failed.