Mets manager Terry Collins said he was disappointed by his team's pitching staff after Sunday's 11-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, their fourth in the past five games, dropped New York to seven games under .500.
"We haven't pitched," Collins said, according to Newsday's Mark Hermann. "We haven't pitched like we can. This game is about pitching."
The Mets gave up 11 runs (nine earned) and 15 hits on Sunday, as their 4.91 team ERA ranks among the worst in the majors. By comparison, the Mets ranked third in team ERA last year and fourth in 2015, when they made it to the World Series.
New York's pitching staff has been decimated with injuries through the season's first two months. Ace Noah Syndergaard is still out several months due to a lat injury, closer Jeurys Familia underwent surgery to repair a blood clot and is also out several months, and Steven Matz and Seth Lugo have yet to appear in a game, though both of them are set to make their season debuts next weekend against the Atlanta Braves.
"We've had some injuries, there's no question about it," Collins said. "We certainly did not have any indication in spring training that some of these guys would struggle like they've struggled. One day, they're really good, the next time, they're not."
The Mets have had nine different pitchers start a game this season, including Tyler Pill, who allowed five runs (three earned) and eight hits in five innings in his second MLB start. Their bullpen has a 4.81 ERA after giving up six runs in four innings on Sunday.
"I'm shocked by it,'' Collins said, according to the New York Daily News' John Harper, of his pitching staff. "I'm disappointed by it. I didn't anticipate the wear and tear on our pitchers. But we're not going to fold up our tent yet. We're going to push forward."