The Mets were completely ruled out of the Miami Marlins over the weekend and lost 2 -0 am Saturday as a 23-year-old starter Pablo Lopez threw a one-hitter and then went in a 0-3 defeat on Sunday against 23-year-old Sandy Alcantara, who gave only two hits. Add in a Friday defeat to Miami and two previous defeats against the Washington Nationals, and the Mets are on a losing streak of five games, five games under .500 and six and a half games back in the NL East. To be swept by the Marlins at any time of the season should be enough to exclude a team from the playoff competition. But even though this rule is not yet officially on the books, the chaotic Mets still implode.
At the center of this gravitational collapse is Robinson Cano, the second baseman whom the Mets withdrew from the Mariners and then loudly pointed out everything in the offseason to say, "Look! See! We really try it this time! "Even though they avoided the biggest free agents in the league, 36-year-old Cano suffered a huge drop in production at the start of the season, and is one of the worst hitter on the team with an OPS of .677 (along with another new signing in) Wilson Ramos) Not only that, but on two separate occasions during the Marlins series, Cano entered dual games in which he barely or not at all tried to run for the first time.
On Friday, after a GIDP had ended a seventh inning in which the Mets threatened, Cano said he had not rushed because he thought there were two outs. He blamed this misunderstanding on the scoreboard but in fact he may only need glasses.
On Sunday, in an action that JD Davis visibly angered after his entry He did not even leave home after beating his double, and decided instead to argue with the referee for a fair foul appeal.
"I saw the ball hit and he did not even hit the plate – he hit the plate afterwards," Cano said afterwards. "I thought it was a lazy ball."
The controversial second-year manager, Mickey Callaway, the current target on both sides of the tabloid, came to defend his player:
"Things are mounting on Robbie these days." said when asked about Cano's latest bad looks. "Come on, let's be honest – the ball lands lazily and whirls on fair terrain, he saw how it hit bad, and when he looked up again, the ball had turned on fair ground and the game was over If things go badly. "
What else is Callaway saying? On the whole, these bad-looking games in themselves are not what keeps Cano below the substitute level, and even if he still has problems, it will Mets will be unable to lose over $ 120 million to Cano before the expiration of his five-year contract, so they need to make him happy, so maybe the Mets can return to New York for a big series in good weather against the Nationals energize the domestic crowd and recover, that is, um, when fans are actually there.