It was déjà vu for Keon Broxton in Washington.
The bases were loaded, two outs were on the board, and the Mets were down one run. Broxton, who was filling in for Michael Conforto after he left with what was diagnosed a concussion, came to the dish with a chance to tie or take the lead against the division rival. It was the same situation that presented itself against the Phillies last month.
And unfortunately for the Mets, the same result transpired.
Just as he did in Philly, Broxton swung through a fastball to strikeout and end the game. The Mets had tacked on two runs in the inning, but the rally was all for naught.
After the game, Broxton addressed the at-bat, but also had some other words of frustration that came out.
"I'm not here to make excuses for anything. I think everybody in this game knows it's really hard to do, come off the bench and do it," he told reporters. "Getting one [at-bat] a week, if that, it's definitely tough. But I work hard everyday and try to prepare myself everyday like I'm playing. So when I get in there, I try not to think that I haven't had as many at-bats as everybody else or haven't had regular playing time."
The 29-year-old clearly isn't satisfied with his role on the Mets, and he admitted he isn't sure why he's been so limited. At the start of the season, Broxton saw four starts in the team's first nine games, where he went 4-for-13 from the plate.
But since then, he's had five starts and has been strictly used in a bench role as either a pinch hitter or runner.
"From the start of the season, I've been surprised at why I haven't been playing as much and why I haven't gotten as many opportunities," Broxton, who the Mets traded for with the Brewers this offseason. "It's not like I started out bad. It is what it is though. They got a plan, they're working with it. So all I can do is try to be ready."
Though Broxton said all this to the media, he noted not bringing up his qualms about playing time with GM Brodie Van Wagenen or manager Mickey Callaway. He doesn't want to "confuse" the plan that they are trying to put in place for the team.
And that plan may be to make a switch when it comes to Broxton. Mets fans may forget that Carlos Gomez is down in Triple-A, where he is quietly hitting .361 with four homers and nine RBI in his last 10 games. Gomez has a June 1 opt out that he could threaten to exercise if he continues to perform well.
SNY's Andy Martino has also reported that the Mets don't have a long leash when it comes to Broxton, which means a cut could be coming soon.
So it isn't looking good for Broxton, who says it has been more pressure to come up in these situations when he knows his status with the team is on the line with every at-bat.
"1000 percent," he said about there being more pressure to be successful. "Every time I get up there, I feel like I gotta do more than what I need to do just to be able to keep playing. It's tough."