Things you should know about today's game...
1) Seth Lugo allowed a three-run homer to Nelson Cruz in the first and a solo shot to Leonys Martin in the second. Robinson Cano doubled in Seattle's fifth run later in the frame. Lugo was charged with five runs on eight hits with no walks and five strikeouts in five innings.
2) Matt Reynolds singled home Curtis Granderson in the ninth for New York's only run. Wilmer Flores was the only Met with a multi-hit game, finishing 2-for-4 with a pair of singles.
3) Jose Reyes was hit by a pitch on the left forearm by Mariners starter James Paxton and was removed from the game. X-rays were negative.
4) AJ Ramos made his Mets debut and allowed two runs and two hits with a walk and wild pitch in the eighth.
Post-game reaction from Michael Avallone...
I say this half-facetiously, half-seriously. Do the Mets actually understand that playing games on Sunday is required? Not only has New York dropped 12 of 17 on the eve of a new work week, they've been outscored 120-60 in the process. It's odd and just one of those baseball quirks, but they look lethargic and completely uninterested in virtually every Sunday game they play. Perhaps next week's Sunday night game with the Dodgers garners a different result.
As for this one, Lugo put the Mets in a five-run hole less than two innings into the game, rendering a comeback against Paxton a tall order. Predictably, New York did little against the Canadian southpaw, who has won six straight starts in dominating fashion.
With the game in the rearview mirror, all of the attention turns to the trade deadline tomorrow afternoon. Who will go? Who will stay? When will Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith make their debuts? By the time the Mets return to Citi Field on Friday, the roster figures to look quite a bit different... >> To follow Michael on Twitter, click here.
News and notes...
The Mets have dropped four of five since opening their 10-game road trip with two wins. They finished July 11-13 and have not posted a winning record in any month this season.
New York is 5-11 all-time against the Mariners, losing five of its six series.
Neil Walker committed a pair of errors on Sunday, giving him three in the series.
Flores is batting .343 (12-for-35) with four homers and seven RBIs in his last 11 games.
Lugo (5-3) has completed five innings in all 17 of his career starts, tying Bill Pulsipher for the second-longest streak to begin a career by a Mets starter. Matt Harvey holds the club-record by pitching at least five frames in his first 44 career starts.
Josh Edgin was designated for assignment to clear a roster spot for Ramos.
The Mets (48-55) are off Monday and begin the final three games of their road trip against the Rockies (60-45) at Coors Field on Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. on SNY.
Steven Matz (2-4, 5.51 ERA, 1.50 WHIP) takes the mound having lost three straight decisions over a four-start span while posting a 14.18 ERA. The left-hander allowed six runs and nine hits in three innings of a 6-3 loss to the Padres on Wednesday. Matz was tagged for seven runs and nine hits in one-plus inning against the Rockies on July 16. It was the shortest outing of his career.
Jeff Hoffman (6-3, 5.58 ERA 1.39 WHIP) opens the series with two straight losses and a 9.45 ERA in his last four starts. The right-hander has surrendered 13 earned runs and 16 hits in seven innings over his last two outings. Hoffman defeated the Mets on July 16, allowing four runs over six frames in a 13-4 win.