All the leaves are brown… and the skies are gray…
If the Mets thought they had it rough against the woeful Chicago Cubs, they’re in for some real trouble this week as they head to the West Coast for some California reaming.
The Mets begin a five-game west coast swing with a pair of games starting tonight against the Oakland A’s before kicking off a weekend series with the first place Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.
It’s the first three games of this road trip that will pose the biggest challenge for the Mets as they’ll face Scott Kazmir (13-5, 2.78), Jeff Samardzija (5-9, 2.96) and Clayton Kershaw (14-3, 1.86) all in succession.
The Mets have seen their offense reach an all-time low, having totaled only four hits or less in their last five games – a level of futility that has not been duplicated in the major leagues in more than a decade.
If that streak continues against Kazmir and the A’s tonight, the Mets will become the first MLB team since 1900 to have a single-season streak of six games producing four or fewer hits, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The Mets have been absolutely dreadful at the plate in August and aside from Daniel Murphy who is batting .297, the rest of the team is all struggling including Lucas Duda (.217), Curtis Granderson (.155), Eric Campbell (.087), Wilmer Flores (.239), Ruben Tejada (.174), Travis d’Arnaud (.218), Juan Lagares (.246) and David Wright (.258).
This is rock-bottom for the Mets and trying to break out of a slump against three of this season’s most elite pitchers will be quite the tall task for Terry Collins and company.