The Mets are in an all-out Free Fall — and no Job is Safe
MILWAUKEE — DEFCON 1 and it is only 36 games into the season.
Mets starters can’t get the job done, the relievers are fire starters, any pitching move Terry Collins makes blows up in his face and it all came to a head Sunday afternoon at Miller Park as the Mets managed to blow a six-run lead and come up 11-9 losers to the Brewers.
Talk about a hangover.
This was a game the Mets led 7-1 heading to the bottom of the sixth with Jacob deGrom, their most reliable starter, on the mound.
Catcher Manny Pina delivered the death blow with a two-out, three-run home run off a garbage slider from Addison Reed in the eighth, and this wasn’t a simple bat flip by Pina, this was a bat slam, an exclamation point to the Mets’ bullpen atrocities.
The loss was the Mets’ fourth straight — this losing streak started with an epic bullpen failure by Jeurys Familia on Wednesday, but that was not nearly as ugly as Sunday’s debacle as the bullpen managed to allow seven runs to the Brew Crew.
General manager Sandy Alderson was present in the morning, but was said to be flying back to New York during the game. Imagine his shock with the final result.
Now, all bets are off as the Mets continue to collapse. You have to think that no jobs are safe here — including Collins’, as the Mets head to Arizona for a three-game series.
Collins admitted it was the most frustrated he’s been all season.
“We didn’t get an out when we needed an out, we didn’t make a pitch when we needed to make a pitch,’’ Collins said. “We have a clubhouse full of veterans, they’ve all been through a game like this, they’ve all been through a series like this. You have to rise out of the ashes and get back on the horse.’’
Yep, it’s been that kind of week. Horses-ashes.
As for the trying week, Collins said: “You get up in the morning around here and you just don’t know what you are going to face. You start with Matt [Harvey], then we’ve got Jeurys, then [Asdrubal Cabrera] gets hurt [thumb]. It’s part of the game. You got to play over stuff.’’
The pitching is killing this team and even deGrom could not get the job done Sunday. You have to go all the way back to May 6, 1995, to find a game where the Mets lost a bigger lead. That day a seven-run advantage evaporated.
The Mets seem to play short-handed every night and it is catching up to them on a daily basis. The Mets could use a jolt with the addition of young shortstop stud Amed Rosario, something, anything to get them going.
When The Post asked Collins if the Mets have enough weapons to survive, he said, “If we play well we do.’’They cannot continue to run Curtis Granderson into the outfield as his average is sitting at .144, 125 at-bats into the season. It appears time has finally caught up to Granderson at the age of 36.
Don’t forget all this really started when Harvey called in sick, was suspended, and the Mets wound up with a sacrificial starter Adam Wilk in a 7-0 loss to the Marlins last Sunday.
The Mets also made a critical base-running mistake in the fifth when Granderson hit into a double play, first base unassisted and then a tag play at second on Lucas Duda as Neil Walker, who was on third, did not cross the plate before the last out of the inning.
“That’s on me,’’ Walker said.
It would have helped if Duda read the situation better and got hung up and did not slide into the out. But that is the kind of mistake the Mets continue to make.
Bad pitches, bad plays.
Reed, a home-run delivery system, said, “It was a slider right down the middle of the plate.’’
In the three-game wipeout by the Brewers, the Mets allowed 29 runs.
Reed said he had no idea why he has surrendered five home runs over 18 ²/₃ innings. “It’s frustrating but it’s baseball.’’