Despite Seth Lugo‘s quality start on Saturday, the Mets pitching has been a main factor in the lack of success against the Nationals this weekend.
Instead, Mets pitchers have surrendered eight home runs in 27 innings this weekend, a recipe for disaster.
Robert Gsellman, who looked like he was starting to get his act together, was tagged for seven runs on 11 hits in just four innings on Thursday while surrendering two home runs.
While the Mets have yanked five home runs themselves this weekend, it has only led to nine runs.
The Mets offense, which has been one of their strong points this year, has looked atrocious this weekend. The Nationals have outscored New York’s offense 22-9.
It’s like pharmakon. The home run has been the Mets’ antidote and the Mets’ poison.
If the Mets want to salvage the final game of the series on Sunday and prevent themselves from slipping 12.5 games behind Washington in the standings, they are going to have to mitigate the amount of home runs they surrender and for once, not rely on it so heavily themselves.