The New York Mets have had very little to feel good about lately, both on and off the field.
In the midst of discouraging comments from owner Fred Wilpon, the Mets will try to put one of their worst losses of the season behind them against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.
New York (22-25) has been in the headlines lately, but not for reasons it would like. Wilpon criticized David Wright(notes), Jose Reyes(notes) and Carlos Beltran(notes) in an interview with The New Yorker, then told Sports Illustrated the club is “bleeding cash” and could lose up to $70 million this year.
Manager Terry Collins held a pregame meeting before Tuesday’s series opener with Chicago, urging his team to focus on its play. The Mets said they got the message, but it sure didn’t look that way in an 11-1 loss.
New York committed a season-high three errors and suffered its most lopsided defeat since an 11-0 loss to Philadelphia on April 7. Jason Bay(notes) also left in the seventh inning with a stiff right calf but said he was fine.
“We’re going to move on. Just chalk it up as a game we didn’t play very good,” Collins said. “We didn’t catch the ball as well as we can. We didn’t pitch as well as we can.”
It was the third straight loss for the Mets, who have totaled 14 runs in their last seven games.
One of the players Wilpon called out has been in the middle of this slump, as Beltran is batting .214 with one RBI in his last eight games.
Reyes had two hits and drove in New York’s lone run Tuesday after going 3 for 17 (.176) in his previous four contests.
While the Mets are sputtering, the Cubs reached the 11-run mark for the third time in 12 games.
Building on this kind of outburst, however, has proven to be difficult for Chicago (21-25).
The Cubs, winners of four of six, have scored eight or more runs seven times, winning all of those contests. They followed each of those first six games with a loss, combining for 10 runs.
Chicago’s double-play tandem of Starlin Castro(notes) and Darwin Barney(notes) led the offense Tuesday, as the two combined for five hits and four RBIs. Castro had his major league-leading 10th three-hit game.
Gee is coming off his best outing of his brief career, allowing two hits and two walks in a career-best 7 2-3 innings in Thursday’s 1-0 win over Washington. The right-hander had a no-hitter through 5 2-3 innings.
Gee, who has shuffled between the rotation and the bullpen, is 3-0 with a 2.73 ERA in his five starts, with New York winning each time.
Coleman allowed four hits and struck out a career-high seven in 5 2-3 scoreless innings in Thursday’s 5-1 win over Florida, his first victory since April 16.
Although Coleman kept the Marlins off the scoreboard, he once again struggled with his command, walking five. This has been an ongoing problem for the right-hander, who has issued 25 free passes in 34 1-3 innings.
It could be tough for Coleman to fix this problem against a Mets team tied for third in the majors with 179 walks.