DENVER — The last time the Mets played the Colorado Rockies, they were at rock bottom. They had just suffered series losses to the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves and they had just been swept down the road by the Detroit Tigers.
The Mets edged the lowly Rockies 1-0 in Game 1 of a three-game series at Citi Field, but the team failed to get back on track after the win. The bats weren’t showing up and the tee shot was in bad shape.
This streak started 21 days ago and since then the Mets bats have come to life and the tee shot has also begun. Memorial Day usually marks the time of the baseball season when the rankings become relevant and the Mets look to right the ship just in time as they head to Denver for another three-game run against Colorado after having won six of their last eight. .
It shouldn’t be a particularly pressured series, but given the issues the Mets have had against opponents with losing records, like Colorado, Cincinnati, Washington and Detroit, their mistakes and mistakes could be magnified.
Rookie catcher Francisco Alvarez has been one of the Mets’ hottest hitters of late and he arrives in the Mile High City on a five-game hitting streak. He went 8 for 18 (.444) in those five games with a double and three homers. He’s posted two-hit games each of the last two nights and he’s given the Mets a spark at the bottom of the order.
While there are arguments to be made for moving him up, the Mets aren’t getting much out of their 6-8 hitters. Mark Canha was the only hitter not to base Thursday night in the Mets’ 10-1 run of the Chicago Cubs and DH Daniel Vogelbach has just five hits in his last 10 games, none for bases additional. The Mets used Mark Vientos as DH but still prefer to work the rookie slowly and feel Vogelbach will return to his old form. The club continue to lease their ability at the base, but a former Met aren’t buying it.
Vogelbach watched two third strikes called on back-to-back hits against Chicago on Thursday and former Mets shortstop Jose Reyes tweeted some advice: “I don’t know if Vogey understands this concept but… You have to SWING THE BAT to Hit the ball!”
After Vogelbach received a hit later in the game, Reyes followed up with another tweet, saying, “Good things happen when you swing the bat.”
The Vogelbach vs. Vientos debate isn’t about to go away any time soon, especially with the Mets’ relative lack of power in the roster. The Mets are hitting just .241 with runners in the scoring position, which ranks in the bottom half of the league, and have hit just 57 homers this season, tied with the Toronto Blue Jays for 15th in the league. league. Pete Alonso is 19 and he hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down.
He was hit while sick and well, but Thursday night at Wrigley Field could be something new. The first baseman told Foul Territory TV he “had to poop so much” and ran straight inside to use the restroom after rounding the bases.
It’s not exactly a huge streak for the Mets, but the games still take on some meaning with Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander on the mound, and it’s a chance for the team to show that their struggles are fully behind them. .