The Mets Have Lived and Died By The Home Run

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.

With tough tasks against the likes of Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, the Mets were going to have to match the Nationals pitch for pitch to have any chance of winning.

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.

Steven Matz allowed three home runs on Friday, while Lugo and Paul Sewald combined to let up three more on Saturday.

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.

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Rob Piersall is a fourth-year student at SUNY New Paltz, studying journalism with a minor in communications. He is also the managing editor for his school's newspaper, The Oracle. A Mets fan since the age of six in 2001, Rob is senior editor here at MMO. His favorite thing is reporting breaking Mets news and transactions as well as writing columns. He is also ready to see what Mickey Callaway brings to the table in 2018. LGM! Follow Rob on Twitter: @RobPiersall.