By: Paul DiSclafani
In a season that plays out over six months and 162 games, baseball has always been a marathon and not a sprint. Maybe the Mets (83-63) need to take a quick break and catch their breath. And they better because the Yankees are headed to Flushing for continue the Subway Series this weekend.
After running at break-neck speed since the beginning of August, the Mets ran into a hungry Miami Marlins team twice already this month and lost four out of six, including tonight’s 6-0 whitewash. Since the Mets were swept by the Pirates in the middle of August, they have put together a 7-game and 8-game winning streak, losing only 8 games out of 28 – four of them to the Marlins.
The loss, combined with the Nationals win in Philadelphia, reduces the Mets lead in the NL East to 7.5 games. The Nationals begin a 4-game weekend series with the red-hot Marlins tomorrow in Washington. Marlins have won 11 of their last 15 games.
The Marlins are the only NL East team to have a winning record against the Mets, winning 12 of 19 games. The Mets are 38-10 against the Nationals, Phillies and Braves. Good thing they said goodbye to the Fish tonight.
25 year-old rookie Adam Conley (W, 4-1) allowed just three hits and struck out six in his career-high seven innings, facing an all right-handed hitting Mets lineup. Manager Terry Collins gave the night off to lefties Daniel Murphy, Curtis Granderson, Michael Conforto and Lucas Duda. It was the first time the Mets had been shutout since July 23rd.
Bartolo Colon (L, 14-12) gave up two home runs (Martin Prado and JT Realmuto), allowing three runs in his 5 2/3 innings on seven hits, suffering his first loss in four starts. He also allowed his first walk to the Marlins in 55 innings, dating back to last season.
Mets have a much-needed day off tomorrow before the Yankees come into Citi Field for a weekend series that means an awful lot to both teams. The Yankees are just 3 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East and lead the AL Wild Card race over Houston by three games.
Back in April, after the 13-3 Mets had won 11 straight, they went into the Bronx and laid an egg, dropping two out of three with Matt Harvey getting the only win. This weekend, the Bombers come into Flushing and will face rookie Steven Matz (3-0) on Friday against Tanaka (12-6), Noah Syndergaard (8-6) on Saturday afternoon against Pineda (10-8) and then Matt Harvey (12-7) against CC Sabathia (4-9) on the Sunday night ESPN game. Fasten your seatbelts!
POSITIVES: Hansel Robles pitched 1.1 innings shutout innings with one walk … Mets managed just three hits and David Wright had two of them to raise his average to .303 … Dee Gordon had two hits and now owns the record for an opposing batter with 35 hits against the Mets this season. The previous record was Curt Flood with 32 in 1963.
NEGATIVES: Bullpen was brutal again, surrendering three runs in the last two innings. Sean Gilmartin, in an audition as the lefty specialist, was brought in to face two lefties in the ninth and gave up RBI singles to both … Tyler Clippard gave up another home run in his appearance. Clippard has a 9.45 ERA in his last 6 appearances and has surrendered four home runs.