Not a good beginning for this critical west coast swing.
The Mets lost 5–1 to David Wells and the Padres Monday night. Jorge Sosa looked good in his first start back from the DL.
But once again, the Mets offense did not show up. In the first five games back from the All-Star break, the Mets are averaging 3 runs scored a game. Leaving men on base has become the norm.
The Carloses (Beltran and Delgado) have been the worst offenders. Beltran was 0–4 last night and is something like 7 for his last 51 at-bats. His average has now dropped to .254.
The Mets defense was also uncharacteristically flimsy last night, committing two errors.
Mercifully, the Braves got mauled by the Reds 10–3 at home last night, so the Mets still retain a 1.5 game lead in the NL East. But they are not hitting like a team that deserves to be in first.
Tonight, El Duque goes up against Jake Peavy. After a shaky start last Thursday, Hernandez settled in and pitched 6 innings of 2–hit ball against the Reds. He’s going to need to repeat that performance – or somehow improve upon it – if the Mets are to win tonight.