The Mets fell to the Braves, 12-3, on Monday and once again it was the bullpen that was the biggest concern following the loss.
Jeurys Familia struggled again, allowing three earned runs on a walk and two singles in just .1 of an inning. He was pulled from the game before allowing a run, though, but Drew Gagnon was unable to clean up his mess, allowing all three baserunners to score plus giving up four runs of his own in 1.1 innings pitched.
"We just stunk," manager Mickey Callaway said after the game. "We weren't good. We gotta recalibrate what we're doing and have to do the job better. That's just plain and simple."
The bullpen has been a disaster of late. The Mets have now lost four of their last five games with three of those four games they were either tied or leading in the eighth inning.
In Monday's loss they were trailing by two runs in the seventh, but the bullpen failed to keep the offense in the game.
Asked if he has the right guys for the job, Callaway said, "We're going to keep on running them out there until they do, or we're gonna have to get some new ones."
Familia had left the ballpark on Monday before he could speak with the media.
The Mets' loss also means they are beginning to lose their grip on staying in any sort of contention for a playoff spot. They are now four games under .500, 8.5 games out of the NL East lead and 5.5 games behind the Phillies for the second wild card spot.
"Battling is not enough," Callaway said. "You got to figure out to win games. You can battle all you want, but if you're not winning games it's not going to count for anything."