The Mets are now 2-1 in series sweeps. It’s never a good thing when you get swept, and it doesn’t even matter who the opponent is. Obviously you tend to eye weaker teams with the thought that you’re supposed to get a few free wins off them, but that’s not how baseball works. The Mets ran into the Astros while they were playing well, with the back of the rotation, with a still struggling Ike Davis, and with a couple of players affected by the flu. It’d be as foolish to eye these three games and use it as confirmation bias that the Mets are a last place quality team as it would be to take the 3-0 sweep of the Braves as evidence that the Mets will win the division.
So it’s time for the Mets to crawl home and lick their wounds, reassess the fifth spot in the rotation, and maybe the last bullpen spot as well. Meanwhile the Yankees just lost two of three to the team picked to finish last in their division. The Phillies and Braves traded bullpen explosions through 11 innings before Chipper Jones made it 15-13, final. Roy Halladay started that game btw. Chris Schwinden or Roy Halladay, the result was the same.
Perspective. Sweeps suck and the Mets have a lot of adjustments to make. They’ve been knocked to the mat, but they’ve got plenty of time to stand back up and start swinging. They’ve got a day to dust themselves off and go back on attack mode. Certainly they could take this blow and keep reeling, but I think the Mets have shown a tendency to bounce back pretty well under Terry Collins. They’re due for some home runs, and hopefully as the weather warms up a little and Ike warms up a little, they’ll start hitting more. Scoring more, winning more, and hopefully pitching better to boot. May starts out 0-2, but plenty of time to salvage that. The six games against the Phillies will be important in distancing themselves from them in the standings so that if and when they get Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and Cliff Lee back the Mets have some breathing room.