The Mets were held to two hits and were swept in a 2-0 loss to the Braves on Wednesday afternoon at SunTrust Park.
Things you should know about today's game...
1) Mike Soroka held the Mets hitless through six innings in his first start off the disabled list before Michael Conforto reached on an infield single to begin the seventh. He reached second on a wild pitch with no outs but was stranded when the next three hitters were retired. The Mets have 48 hits over their last 11 games.
2) New York amassed five baserunners in the game -- three on walks. Brandon Nimmo's two-out double in the ninth put the tying runs on base, but Jay Bruce popped out on the next pitch to end the game.
3) Jacob deGrom allowed a run on seven hits with seven strikeouts and no walks over seven innings. It marked the sixth straight start deGrom (4-2) completed at least seven innings, which is tied for the second-longest streak of his career. He did it a career-high eight consecutive times from April 21-June 8, 2015.
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Mind-boggling, inexplicable, never-before-seen. These are just a few of the things that pop to mind when watching the Mets, particularly in games started by Jacob deGrom. It's come to the point where scoring two runs counts as some sort of gigantic achievement ... which is about as sorry a comment you can make about a team's offense.
However, the real issue now creeping in is a team that appears to have quit. Their play in the field in recent days has highlighted a complete and total lack of focus, and that is a deadly thing at any point in the year, especially on June 13. There was no bigger example than Jay Bruce casually fielding Ender Inciarte's single to right only to be caught by surprise the Braves' speedster was motoring into second for a double. It looked awful, it felt awful and it was awful. There is no excuse.
I wish there was some sort of commentary that I could provide that hasn't already been said a hundred times over ... but there isn't. The Mets' offense is playing at an historically bad level right now. They are averaging barely four hits per game over the last two weeks and under two runs in that span. Teams during the Dead Ball era would laugh at that sort of production. Worse, a general malaise has befallen the club and it shows during the game. There is no urgency, a constant lack of focus, silly errors and seemingly no idea how to properly work an at-bat.
There is zero defense for what we continue to see on a daily basis
News and notes...
The Mets have lost 10 of 11 and 15 of their last 18 games. The offense has scored three or fewer runs in nine straight games and have totaled 15 in their last 11 contests.
New York fell to 3-9 against Atlanta and ended their season series at SunTrust Park with a 3-6 mark.
DeGrom surrendered one or fewer runs for the 56th time in 121 career starts and for the ninth time in his last 10 outings. He has a Major League-best 0.87 ERA in that span and two wins. New York is 2-8 in those games.
The Mets' starters have a 2.60 ERA over the last 23 games, the lowest mark in the Majors during that span. The club has won six of those games.
Conforto's seventh-inning single snapped an 0-for-23 stretch.
The Mets (28-36) continue their road trip against the Diamondbacks (37-29) on Thursday night at Chase Field at 9:30 p.m. on SNY.
Steven Matz (2-4, 3.53 ERA/5.33 FIP, 54 K, 1.261 WHIP) opens the four-game set after allowing three runs over six innings against the Yankees Saturday. Since his ERA reached 4.98 following his start on April 25, the southpaw has posted a 2.68 mark while holding opposing batters to a .228 average in seven outings. Matz has surrendered six runs in 10 innings (5.40 ERA) in two career starts against the Diamondbacks. He has not faced them since Aug. 9, 2016.
Matt Koch (4-3, 4.20 ERA/5.50 FIP, 33 Ks, 1.217 WHIP) returns from a stint on the disabled list due to a strained muscle near his right shoulder. It will be his first start since he surrendered five runs -- one earned -- in 4 2/3 innings against the Giants on May 12. Soroka limited the Mets to one run over six frames in his Major League debut on May 1 at Citi Field.