Following a 13-inning win Saturday night, the New York Mets entered Sunday with a chance to reach the .500 mark for the first time this season with a win over the Los Angeles Angels. However, the game began with Bartolo Colon surrendering back-to-back-to-back home runs and ended with both David Wright and Daniel Murphy being thrown out for arguing balls and strikes in what turned into a painful and embarrassing loss for the Mets.
Despite the disaster in Anaheim, it’s imperative that the Mets show some resilience and bounce back quickly when they begin a three-game series on Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Even though opportunity quickly turned to agony during the team’s rubber match against the Angels, the Mets have played good baseball over the first two weeks of the season; they’ve regularly held leads and put themselves in position to win games.
More importantly, the Diamondbacks have proven to be one of the worst teams in baseball early in the season, the three games in Arizona is a great opportunity for the Mets to get on track. Arizona is the first team to reach the 10-loss mark on the young season, and their pitching staff is easily the worst in the big leagues thus far.
If ever there was a time for the Mets to get on track offensively, especially for players in the heart of the order like Wright, Curtis Granderson and Lucas Duda, it’s now.
The Mets needs to quickly forget about Sunday’s disaster and focus on playing the Diamondbacks, a team they should be able to handle. Just like there was the opportunity to reach .500 on Sunday, the Mets have the opportunity to not only reach, but to go above the .500 mark if they’re able to sweep the Diamondbacks, which would give them some much-needed momentum heading into a seven-game stretch against the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals.