The three straight losses the Mets have incurred can be summed up as a microcosm of this season as a whole.
While these losses have upheld the notion that there will be no playoffs in Queens this year, it also secured New York as sellers and solved any doubt of what they will be doing leading up to the end of the month.
Tuesday night, Rafael Montero was doomed for failure before he even toed the rubber.
While the 26-year-old didn’t have a great outing, allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits over six innings, Montero ultimately had no chance of earning his elusive second big league win because the Mets put a goose egg up on the scoreboard.
New York committed three errors behind Montero; two from T.J. Rivera at the hot corner and a dropped pop up by Lucas Duda as the team hobbled to the finish line, running down the clock again in this lost season.
Whether it’s the trade deadline approaching or the morale down with all the injuries, Mets manager Terry Collins said that you still have to go out there and play the game.
“You’re a New York Met until you’re not — you can’t go home every night and think, ‘Well, gee, where am I going to be tomorrow?’” Collins said. “You have to say to yourself: ‘I’m going to be out there tomorrow at Citi Field. I’ve got to get ready.’ The rest of the stuff is out of your control.”
Infielder Jose Reyes added that the Mets need to shrug it off and bounce back from whatever happens around them.
“This is baseball; you’ve got to bounce back tomorrow,” said the 34-year-old Reyes. “We have to come out tomorrow with good energy, and hopefully we win the game.”
It hasn’t been easy for the Mets by any stretch in 2017, but with the deadline approaching, all they can do is hope the right pieces come the Mets way and that next year will be brighter.
Onward and upward.