3 Up 3 Down: Mets Drop Series to Nats, Fall Six Games Back

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3 Up

 1. Jose, Jose, Jose

Amidst all of the controversy with his return to the Mets, Jose Reyes has been solid at the leadoff spot, collecting five hits this series including three home runs and three RBI. Reyes has started every game since joining the team, and looks as though he is settling in just fine. In his 24 at-bats as a Met, Reyes has six hits and five of them are for extra-bases, two doubles and three home runs.

2. Go With The Flo

 The legend of Wilmer Flores continues. Flores did not have a ton of at-bats in this series, but perhaps had the biggest one in their lone win. Continuing to come through in a big spot, Flores came up as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the fifth and launched a three-run home run to give the Mets a one run lead. Flores, who lost his everyday third base job with the arrival of Jose Reyes, has perhaps been one of the Mets most consistent hitters as of late when he does play. Flores is hitting .500 (11-for-22) with a double, five home runs, 10 RBI and seven runs scored in his last seven games.

3. Matz Kept Mets in the Game

He may have taken the loss, but the Mets offense didn’t exactly do anything to help Steven Matz out in Sunday’s series finale. He had a bit of a shaky start to the game, allowing a two-run home run to former Met and new villain Daniel Murphy, but then settled down and went seven strong innings while allowing three runs on six hits and striking five. Matz hasn’t allowed more than three runs in his last three starts and now carries a 7-5 record with a 3.38 ERA into the All Star break.

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3 Down

 1.  The Offense Disappeared

 Aside from the slugfest in the series opener, the Mets offense was held to just four runs in the remaining three games of the series, all of them losses. Two of those four runs came off the bat of Jose Reyes, with his two solo shots in Sunday’s loss. The offense went 1-9 with RISP in the final three games of the series, looking lifeless after their thrilling come from behind win on Thursday night. So not only did they continue their futility with runners in scoring position, but in this series they also failed to even get many runners into scoring position.

2.  Injuries, Injuries, and More Injuries  

 On the same day the Mets received word that they would lose Matt Harvey for the rest of the season due to TOS, the Mets fell to more injuries later that night. Both Noah Syndergaard and Yoenis Cespedes exited Friday night’s game. Syndergaard’s injury seems less concerning than Cespedes’s, but both will be kept out of the All Star game on Tuesday night. On Sunday we also learned from Terry Collins that Lucas Duda is still not close to beginning a rehab assignment and that there is no timetable for Zack Wheeler to return. In a year where injuries have certainly plagued this Mets team, it seems as though it keeps getting worse.

3.  Failure to Capitalize

 In the final series before the All Star break against the division leader Washington Nationals, the second place Mets failed to gain any ground, in fact they lost some. Coming into the series the Mets were four games back and now they see themselves six games back heading into the break. It looked as though the Mets would show some fight this series after their thrilling come from behind win on Thursday night, but that was not to be the case. Instead the Mets looked dead and lacked energy through the next three games, and will now have to lick their wounds heading into the halfway point.

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Graduated from Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA with a degree in Communication and Media Studies. Played both Baseball and Basketball, while also writing for the school newspaper. Grew up in Allentown, PA. I've been a die-hard Mets fan my entire life and wouldn't have it any other way. Let's Go Mets!