Monday, June 13, 2011

Why the Mets Loss on Monday Was Critical

The Mets lost to the Pirates on Monday night by the score of 3-1. They split the series with the Bucs, but should have taken at least 3 out of 4. So far the Mets are 4-3 on this road trip and could just as easily be 6-1.

But Monday's loss was critical for this ball club. Here's why.

With a win that would have been back to back road series win and the team would have been at .500 heading into Mordor (a.k.a. Turner Field). Even with 2 losses in Atlanta the Mets would be in good shape heading home at only a game under .500 and winning record on a tough 10 game road swing.

Instead the Mets find themselves 2 games under .500 and there's a pretty good chance they'll be 3 or 5 games under .500 after the Atlanta series. No matter how well the Mets have played of late we all know how horrendous they play in Atlanta. They haven't won a meaningful series there in years. Winning 1 of 3 would be considered a success.

So the Mets have put themselves in a hole heading into the last place they ever find success. All they had to do was beat the Pirates on Monday and regardless of what happened in Atlanta, they could feel good about coming home for interleague play. Instead we roll the dice against the Braves and hope this team continues to surprise us.

History says that's unlikely.

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