The Mets mustered three hits en route to their fifth consecutive loss, 2-1, to the Orioles on Tuesday night at Citi Field.
Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) The Mets' offense managed a run on two hits and a walk in six innings against Orioles starter Alex Cobb, who entered the game with a 6.80 ERA and 1.81 WHIP in nine starts. The right-hander did not allow a hit until Jay Bruce and Kevin Plawecki singled and doubled, respectively, leading off the fifth.
2) Bruce singled twice and Jose Bautista plated New York's only run with a pinch-hit sacrifice fly in the fifth. The run snapped a 21-inning scoreless streak that dated back to the sixth inning of Saturday's extra-inning loss to the Cubs. The Mets put two runners on in the eighth with one out, but Asdrubal Cabrera grounded into an inning-ending double play. Todd Frazier went 0-for-4 in his return from the disabled list
3) Jason Vargas allowed hits to the first three batters and surrendered two runs in the opening inning before settling in to pitch effectively. He worked out of a second-and-third, one-out situation in the second and set down 12 of the last 13 Orioles he faced. Vargas (2-4) was charged with two runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts in five innings.
4) Seth Lugo allowed one hit over three scoreless innings in his return to the bullpen. Anthony Swarzak made his first appearance since March 31 and pitched a clean ninth.
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If there is such a thing as "rock bottom," the Mets will find a way to crawl underneath that subterranean level ... only to find a way to dig even deeper after that.
This team right now has completely lost its way. There is no sugarcoating. There is no silver lining. Offensively, the Mets are nauseating to watch. Gone is the aggressiveness they showed early in the year and in its place, is what appears to be no approach at all. The hitters are up there with no apparent plan, flailing at pitches and hitting weak and lazy pop-ups and grounders. The offense has struggled for a majority of the last five weeks, but it's reached a point where the team appears to be simply swinging and hoping for the ball to drop. There is zero thought or process to what they're doing, and it shows in the fruitless at-bats.
Outside of Jason Vargas righting himself after another poor first inning and Seth Lugo's strong relief outing, there is nothing redeemable about losing to a team which has less than 20 wins under its belt this far into a season. The Mets cannot get out of their own way and making matters worse, they don't seem to have any urgency towards their struggles of late. That includes one run in their last 26 innings and two in their last 33.
What's rock bottom?
News and notes...
The Mets have lost five consecutive games and seven straight at Citi Field to fall to 12-18 at home. It's New York's longest losing streak in Queens since the 2013 club lost eight consecutive games. They are winless (0-4) in June and 16-30 since winning 11 of their first 12 games.
Baltimore snapped a seven-game losing streak and a six-game slide in Queens.
The Mets have scored seven runs during their five-game losing streak and 10 in their seven-game slide at home. They've tallied 98 runs during their 30 home games.
New York has one hit in its last 20 at-bats (.050) with runners in scoring position. They scored two runs or fewer for the 22nd time this season and one run or less for the 14th time.
Cabrera has one hit in his last 25 at-bats (.040).
Vargas has 3.50 ERA in his last four starts, which includes a pair of scoreless efforts against the Marlins and Braves.
The Mets optioned Gerson Bautista to Triple-A Las Vegas and designated Buddy Bauman for assignment to make room for the returning Frazier and Swarzak.
The Mets (27-31) close their brief series with the Orioles (18-41) on Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field at 1 p.m. on SNY.
Zack Wheeler (2-4, 5.14 ERA, 57 K, 1.48 WHIP) closes the series after turning in a solid outing during a no-decision against the Cubs last Friday. It marked the fifth time in six starts the right-hander has completed six innings, although he has a 5.82 ERA in that span. This will be Wheeler's first start against the Orioles.
Dylan Bundy (3-7, 4.46 ERA, 83 Ks, 1.30 WHIP) toes the rubber for the O's, who own the Majors' worst record, which includes a 7-23 mark on the road. The right-hander followed up a complete-game, 14-strikeout performance against the White Sox on May 24 by allowing three runs over six innings in a setback to the Nationals last Tuesday. Bundy has never faced the Mets.