The Mets have gone 7-16 since starting the season 11-1. And their downward spiral culminated on Wednesday, when they lost their three-game series to the National League-worst Reds in Cincinnati.
Manager Mickey Callaway, who faced questions about the lineup snafu that cost the Mets a scoring chance in the first inning on Wednesday, said "It's tough right now," but is staying even-keeled.
"We're gonna figure out what's going on and work on it diligently to right the ship," Callaway said. "We're better than this. And we're gonna start figuring it out."
"If I were in here getting angry and yelling at people, that would not be productive," Callaway concluded.
Wilmer Flores, who will likely see more playing time with Todd Frazier on the 10-day DL, said the Mets are "way better" than they're playing right now and that they will figure it out.
"There's good players here," Flores said. "There's no reason to play this bad. ... New series (coming up). I know we're gonna get out of this."
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If the Mets had won Wednesday's game, the lineup incident would've been a funny aside. Instead, it's a main topic. But in the grand scheme of things, I couldn't give less of a damn about it. What I give a damn about is how the season has spiraled out of control with no immediate fix on the horizon.
During a rant on WFAN on Wednesday afternoon, Mike Francesa asked rhetorically what the Mets have going for them right now. Well, they have two of the best starting pitchers in baseball (Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard), a solid bullpen that is getting really good contributions from Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Paul Sewald, and Jeurys Familia, and some active hitters who are producing near their expected levels (Yoenis Cespedes, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Brandon Nimmo).
The Mets have the pieces to contend. That hasn't changed.
But they're operating without a legitimate big league catcher, without their third baseman, are trotting out an ineffecitve Jay Bruce (who has been dealing with plantar fasciitis), have gotten close to no power from Michael Conforto, have seen Jason Vargas almost immediately put them out of all three games he's started, and have gotten inconsistent results from Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz.
While Wheeler and Matz have been erratic, both have at least shown flashes of harnessing their potential. Vargas is another story. But the main issue is the offense, and the limited options the Mets have to fix it. At this point, with major changes not likely coming soon, the Mets will have to break out of this while in their current structure.