The New York Mets entered the weekend with a series vs the Milwaukee Brewers. Both teams were trending in completely opposite directions. The Brewers were looking to clinch their division, and the Mets were nearing being officially eliminated from postseason play. Both of those things happened in this series. Something that didn’t happen was a Mets win.
Mets Fall Behind Early, Cant Comeback
Game 1 of the series featured Tylor Megill on the mound following a rough series in Boston. Brandon Nimmo tripled to lead off the game, then the next batter, Francisco Lindor, drove him in on a ground out. From that point on, the Mets couldn’t do anything offensively.
The Brewers answered off Megill in the bottom of the inning, via a homerun by Kolten Wong. In the 3rd, the Brewers put up three more runs. Willy Adames hit a 2-run homer, then Christian Yelich hit a solo shot to make it 4-1. Nothing would happen in the 4th, then in the 5th, the Brewers struck again. This time it was on a sacrifice fly by Avisail Garcia.
That would wrap up the scoring for the game. The Mets only had four hits throughout the game. Megill continued his woes, really being hurt by the longball. If he wants a spot in the rotation in the future, he can’t be hurt by it much longer.
Mets Offense Doesn’t Show up Again
This game looked a lot like the first half Mets. Pitch well enough to win, but unable to score runs. The Brewers were the ones that broke the ice. Eduardo Escobar singled off of Rich Hill that drove in two in the 3rd inning. In the 4th, Javier Baez drove in Michael Conforto to cut the deficit in half. Although the team fell off, Baez’s play for the Mets has been amazing since coming off the IL. They wouldn’t really have much more chances throughout the rest of the game. Cy Young hopeful Corbin Burnes shut them down, going 7 innings with 9 strikeouts.
The Mets wasted a good outing by Rich Hill as they lost this one 2-1. Hill went 5 innings, only allowing 2 hits and 2 runs, with 6 strikeouts. The bullpen was great the rest of the game, but the offense couldn’t come through. Brandon Nimmo, however, provided a spark. He had half the Mets hits, going 3-4.
The Mets went into Sunday’s game officially eliminated from postseason play. All they could do was try to avoid the sweep.
Mets Can’t Avoid The Sweep In Game 3
The Mets got going in the 1st in this one due to a home run by Francisco Lindor. That lead would hold for very long. Carlos Carrasco, who has been awful in first innings for the Mets, had another rough one. Before he could get an out, the Mets were already down. Willy Adames launched his 2nd 2-run home run of the series. The Brewers would tack on more in the 2nd. Christian Yelich hit an RBI groundout after Carrasco got into trouble. Eduardo Escobar would tack on two more with a single.
Javier Baez continued his good play with a 2 RBI double in the 4th to put the Mets back in the game. In the 6th, Kevin Pillar brought the Mets back to within 1 with an RBI single. But in the bottom half of the inning, the Bweres would pull away again. The Mets got sloppy in the field, accounting for all of the Brewers’ runs. First, Jonathan Villar made a throwing error to allow a run to score. Then, Francisco Lindor committed one of his own to allow two runs to score, making the score 8-4.
That inning pretty much described the Mets lately. And those were the last runs that were scored for the game. The brewers would take the game by the score of 8-4, officially sweeping the serries.
Anyone could have predicted this being the outcome of the series. The Mets looked awful in Boston and managed to look even worse in Milwaukee. The Mets have now lost 5 in a row, and 10 out f their last 11. They will return to Citi Field for the last home series of the season, a 4 game set vs the Marlins.