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When the Mets left Colorado on Sunday, the team was riding high coming off the three-game series win with victories in five of their last six games overall.
But as they depart Chicago Thursday night and head back to New York, all of that positive momentum seems to have been halted, as the Mets fell to the Cubs, 4-3, in 10 innings Thursday in a three-game sweep.
“It was a tough series here in Chicago. We left Colorado feeling pretty good,” manager Luis Rojas said after the loss. ‘We played well, got the bats going timely when we needed it. First two games here, we made some errors, we cost ourselves the result of each game, so it was like we beat ourselves.
"Then tonight we showed and we played a really good ball game and we created our chances. I thought we threw the ball well, and the only questionable thing that I have was when we walked the eighth and ninth hitter in the third inning, [Joey] Lucchesi, and that created that three-run inning at the time. Tough series. We just got swept, now we just have to get home, regroup, and come back and play good baseball again tomorrow, keep pushing like we do.”
Pete Alonso, who homered for the second straight game, had an overall optimistic look on where the Mets are as a team, but that doesn’t make getting swept feel any better.
“Getting swept feels like eating a s--t sandwich, to be honest with you,” Alonso said. “It is what it is, but we have to go home and really focus on one day at a time. And we can’t necessarily get too far ahead of ourselves. It’s a tough series, for sure. The Cubs played extremely well and we didn’t play up to our full potential. They’re a really good squad over there. They’re a great and talented opponent and they beat us. We had opportunities, for sure … but we just need to take this as a learning experience and apply those lessons and get better.
“We’re still very, very early and we have a great opportunity tomorrow when we’ve got a game at home, and hopefully the weather holds up and we can play continuous baseball.”
The Mets have had a lot thrown at them in the early going this season, from their opening series in Washington getting postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests from the Nats, to rain and snow postponements that have kept the Mets from truly hitting their stride.
Still, the Mets sit at 7-7 and are tied with the Philadelphia Phillies for first in the NL East.
“We’ve definitely faced some adversity, but how we’ve been battling and handling it, our attitude is fantastic and our outlook and our process is there,” Alonso said. “And I feel like it’s not for a lack of effort, we’re grinding, we’re putting all of our effort and laying it out there, and that’s all that we can do right now.
“It is early and there’s going to be mistakes and there are going to be opportunities that aren’t necessarily going to be capitalized on at the start, but it’s not about how you start, it’s how you finish, and I think that this group is a resilient group, and I know that there’s a lot of talent on our squad. And there’s been glimmers of greatness, and I feel like as the season goes on, we’re going to capture more of those moments collectively as a whole.”
Next up, the Mets head home for a weekend set with the Nationals at Citi Field. Jacob deGrom will take the ball Friday against Erick Fedde, with first pitch on SNY set for 7:10 p.m.