Mets manager Mickey Callaway expressed his frustration with his team not being able to put together a complete game on the diamond after Sunday's 8-7 extra-inning loss to the Dodgers at Citi Field.
"We just can't sync up exactly what we're trying to do every day," Callaway said. "If we swing the bats, we give up seven homers. If we pitch and swing the bats good, our defense isn't quite there. It's kind of been the whole season, we're not syncing up all the components that we need to sync up to win some ballgames."
The Mets, who have lost six in a row and 18 of their last 22 games, have their third separate losing streak of at least six games this season, and their second since they lost eight in a row from May 31 to June 9.
On Sunday, they weren't able to hold onto a 4-3 lead and needed to score thrice in the eighth inning to tie the game and force extra innings. After placing Jason Vargas on the disabled list, the Mets needed to rely on seven relievers to pitch them through Sunday afternoon, as they combined to allow seven home runs, a record for one team in one game at Citi Field.
Though the Mets are 4-18 since May 31, only two of those wins have been by more than two runs. Of their 18 losses, nine have been decided by two or fewer runs. It's been a far cry from their 11-1 start.
During their eight-game losing streak, they scored no more than four runs in each game, but held opponents to four or fewer runs five times. In their current losing streak, they have scored at least four runs four times, but have allowed at least five runs in each game.
"We [were able to sync] early in the season," Callaway said. "Guys were picking each other up, the defense made some good plays, we got the big hits or the big strikeouts. We can't sync all those components of the game up lately -- or since the beginning. That makes it tough to win games."
Callaway had Jerry Blevins make his first MLB start, and he allowed back-to-back home runs before he recorded an out. He said the team's plan was to have the relievers get the ball to Anthony Swarzak and Jeurys Familia for the later innings, but Chris Beck allowed a game-tying home run to Kiké Hernandez in the sixth inning.
Swarzak allowed three runs and six hits in 1 1/3 innings, and the Mets needed Kevin Plawecki's three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game at 7. In the 11th, Chris Flexen surrendered a game-winning home run to Justin Turner.
"It's a frustrating day, that's for sure," Callaway said. "Going into the game, our goal was to get it to Swarzak and Familia, and we thought if we could get them a lead, we would have a really good chance to win the game. It just didn't happen."