3 Up, 3 Down: Mets Can’t Brew Up Series Win

3 UP

1. Conforto Hitting Again

During the Mets four-game series against the Brewers, Michael Conforto was 5-for-19 with five runs, two homers, two RBI, and four walks.

This stretch looks a lot more like the Conforto we all saw before suffering that gruesome shoulder injury last year.

It’s also no coincidence a Mets offense struggling to score runs took off in this series with Conforto hitting again.

2. Can’t Get Nimmo Out

Not too long after being named the Mets everyday leadoff hitter, Brandon Nimmo rewarded his manager’s faith by not making one out. In eight straight plate appearances, Nimmo did the following:

  1. Walk
  2. Home Run
  3. Single
  4. Double
  5. Triple
  6. Double
  7. Walk
  8. Infield Single

In the second game of this two game stretch, he was 4-for-4 with two runs, two doubles, a triple, and an RBI.

This eight-plate-appearance stretch serves to show how Nimmo should be batting leadoff everyday and that the Mets are a better team with him on the field.

3. Mets Caught Lightning With Bautista

The signing of Jose Bautista was little more than hope and a prayer a team without a right-handed outfield option could catch lightning in a bottle.

Surprisingly, the Mets did just that as Bautista is 4-for-9 with two runs, a double, and an RBI.

That RBI was a clutch hit as it was a two-out RBI in the ninth that drove home the game-tying run to help send the game into extras.

One important note with Bautista is he has not forced Nimmo or Conforto to the bench, even against left-handed pitching.

3 DOWN

1. Terry Callaway

Mickey Callaway said Jose Reyes was getting a start at shortstop because he was the team’s best shortstop option when Amed Rosario doesn’t play.

He completely discounted Luis Guillorme and Wilmer Flores (with Bautista going to third) being obviously better options than Reyes at shortstop.

On Jason Vargas‘ spot in the rotation after another horrendous start; Callaway said the Mets have no other options.

Apparently, he was unaware Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo used to start. We know he forgot about Chris Flexen all together as he left Flexen completely unused in the bullpen for over a week.

In consecutive games, Callaway lifted Gsellman, who has limited left-handed batters to a .178 batting average, for Jerry Blevins, who can’t get anyone out recently.

These are not just poor decisions but bad thought processes. That, more than anything, is what is most troubling.

2. More Injuries

Remember when the Mets got rid of Ray Ramirez and changed their training staff? Well, it didn’t work.

The team botched another Yoenis Cespedes leg injury. That was just one of a number of important injuries which preceded it including both catchers going down.

Now, Wilmer Flores leaves a game with lower back soreness, and AJ Ramos is sent back to New York to undergo an MRI.

While we await players to return who have been on the disabled list longer than expected we wait with baited breath to see who the next player will be to go down.

3. Mets Are a Bad Team

Looking at this series the Mets could’ve swept the Brewers or at least taken three of four. Instead the Mets lost the four game set. This is what bad teams do.

And the Mets are bad. They followed a 12-2 start with a 13-22 stretch. The signs are everywhere.

The Mets are getting questionable managerial decisions from an inexperienced manager trying to get them most from an under-performing, injured, and shallow roster.

Sandy Alderson could’ve helped alleviate the roster issues by giving Callaway an experienced NL bench coach or looked for more bench depth this offseason. He did neither.

It’s quite noteworthy for a team that had corner outfield depth, the team signed Jay Bruce to a backloaded three-year deal with assurances he’d play right field and not first base. Bruce is hitting .235/.307/.358 and his contract is beginning to seem like an albatross.

That wasn’t even the worst deal of the offseason, which explains why the Mets are the Mets.

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John was raised to be a Mets fan by birth, and now he is raising a Mets fan of his own. He also uses Sabermetrics to either confirm the proverbial eye test or to see if we're seeing things with Mets colored glasses. He looks forward to bringing this perspective to MMO. His work, including the tales of raising his son a Mets fan, can also be seen at MetsDaddy.com.