Just when it looked like the New York Mets were turning things around, winning six of seven games, they took a huge step backwards by getting swept in a three-game series by the Chicago Cubs, the worst team in the National League. The Mets were just able to grind out four wins in a five-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies in which three of the games went to extra innings. But all of that is for naught after losing three straight to the Cubs, including two games by a single run.
The first game of the series against the Cubs tells the story of the series, as the Mets failed to capitalize on opportunities time and time again. That loss also stole all of the momentum the Mets had built up in Philadelphia. Of course for that they have only themselves to blame in what was one of their most frustrating losses of the season, and David Wright admitted afterwards that the Mets gave the game away. New York was in position time after time to break the game open and bury the Cubs, but they never got the hit they needed and ended up standing 10 runners, which cost them the game and set them up to lose the series.
Once the Mets found a way to lose that game, things started to spiral out of control. They continued to leave runners on base and failed to make the plays they made in Philadelphia that enabled them to win close games. Not only did the Mets squander opportunities and fail to keep up their momentum by losing that first game, but they also let one bump in the road completely derail them, leading to more losses against a team they should have been able to beat and more importantly had ample opportunity to beat.
Despite the setback in Chicago, the Mets are far from out of it in the NL East and remain one hot streak away from being at or close to the top of the division. However, after such a strong showing in Philadelphia, three games against baseball’s worst team could have been the springboard to such a hot streak. Instead, the Mets took a giant step backwards to negate the progress they made the previous week, and that’s something a team in the Mets’ position can’t afford to do.