The New York Mets lost yet another one-run game this season, this time 4-3, on Monday in the finale against the Washington Nationals. They have a mediocre 27-27 mark in one-run games, according to SNY, and that can likely be blamed, at least partially, on two things: a not-so-reliable bullpen in the late innings, and a constant failure to capitalize with runners in scoring position.
On Monday, we saw the two situations: Edwin Diaz blew a 3-2 game and turned into a 4-3 defeat in the ninth inning, and the Mets went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
For the year, the Mets are batting .240 with men on second or third, which was the the eighth-worst batting average in that scenario before Mondayâ€™s game.
â€œWe probably could have won more games, one-run, for sure,” Mets manager Luis Rojas after losing to the Nats.
The Mets need more timely hits
The Mets are currently 69-69, four games behind the division leaders, the Atlanta Braves. They are going to need more timely hits if they want to go to the postseason.
“We went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position today, and we had chances to score more runs, and itâ€™d probably be a different game than 3-2 in the ninth. So I think thatâ€™s why most of those games werenâ€™t probably won for the most part. The pitching has been responsible to keep us close. I know itâ€™s a tough loss, and weâ€™ll talk about that ninth inning and the walks and single there, but once again, 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, you just gotta finish. You gotta deliver. You gotta score the runs that youâ€™re setting yourself up to score. Itâ€™s happened repeatedly for us this season,â€ Rojas explained.
Rojas also defended the Metsâ€™ closer after he allowed two hits, two walks, and two runs to lose the game.
â€œEdwinâ€™s done it for us all year. Weâ€™re not making drastic changes. I think the command is something he can bounce back from. He had a little stretch in the middle of the season where he was struggling with his command a little bit, and then he bounced back and started throwing more strikes. This is the last two games where heâ€™s done it. For sure, he can work on things like this,” Rojas said.