Mets manager Terry Collins addressed the team following Sunday's loss to the Marlins, which marked the end of New York's first road trip of the season.
"I just told the guys, 'We came on this road [trip] .500, we're going home above .500,'" Collins revealed to Mike Puma of the New York Post. "We've got to take that as a positive, not a negative. Should we have won more? Maybe. But we didn't. Can't worry about that."
The Mets departed Citi Field with a 3-3 record last week. They began the road trip with a three-game sweep of the Phillies before continuing their success with a 16-inning marathon win Thursday night against the Marlins. But New York went on to lose the next three games in Miami, with the Marlins taking the lead in their final at-bats in all three losses.
On Friday night, J.T. Realmuto hit a double to right center off Josh Edgin to score Miguel Rojas in the bottom of the ninth to give the Marlins a 3-2 victory. The following night, the Mets took a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the eighth before Fernando Salas allowed back-to-back home runs to Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton, putting Miami up 5-4, a lead in which AJ Ramos would keep in the ninth. Then after rallying to tie the game in the top of the ninth of yesterday's contest, Addison Reed allowed JT Riddle to hit his first career home run to give the Marlins a 4-2 walk-off win.
"This is a good baseball team," said Collins. "We have issues like everybody else, but we're trying to mesh a pitching staff that we've got to be careful with and a bullpen we've got to be careful with, and we're going to be OK."
The Mets finished the road trip 4-3, and will head back to Citi Field with a 7-6 record.
Overall, New York outscored Philadelphia and Miami 40-31 during the seven-game road trip.