Lynne Sladky | AP
The Mets can't hold a lead.
Less than 24 hours after the Mets blew two leads in a 15-inning loss, the Mets blew a 1-0 lead in the Bottom of the 9th inning, as the Marlins walked off with a bases loaded wild pitch. The loss is the Mets 6th straight loss, 7th out of 8, and blows what was a stellar performance from Jeremy Hefner.
Hefner, abused in his first three starts, struck out 8 with no walks in 8 innings of work. Left to complete the shutout, the Oral Roberts alum surrendered a lead-off single to Chris Coghlan. A passed ball from Anthony Recker allowed Coghlan to move to 2nd, and then beat the throw on a sac-bunt that put runners on 1st and 3rd. The attempted tag by David Wright was heavily disputed by both Wright and Terry Collins.
Hefner then was finished for the night, replaced by Brandon Lyon. Lyon got the first two strikes against Donovan Solano, but then three straight balls loaded the count. Solano then took the 6th pitch to right field, scoring Coghlan to tie the game.
An intentional walk loaded the bases, and then the wild pitch brought Juan Pierre home.
THE ANATOMY OF THE LOSING STREAK
During the 6 game Mets losing streak, the Mets have been outscored 27-11. Only once have they made it to 4 runs, coming against the Phillies on Sunday. Only one inning out of sixty have the Mets scored more than one run, and that was thanks to John Buck's home run on Monday.
The Mets have been outhit 57-34, and have reached double-digit hits once during this stretch. That was Monday's 15-inning marathon, where they gathered 11 hits against the Marlins pitchers. Last night's 5 hits was the fewest hits they have held the opposition to.
The Mets have left 42 runners on base during that stretch, just three more than their opponents. 14 of those runners came in the 15-inning marathon where the Mets went 1 for 17 with runners in scoring position, only getting that 1 conversion during the 15th inning.
The stretch has also seen the Mets strike out 55 times. Twice (11, Thursday vs. Los Angeles; 16, Monday vs. Miami) have the Mets struck out more than 10 times. By comparison, their opposition have K'd 38 times. The 55 times means the Mets are out without putting the ball into play 34% of the time.
And last night was the fourth straight game where the Mets had the lead at one point in the game, but could not maintain it and thus lost.
The Mets will try to prevent their 2nd sweep of the season with Dillon Gee. Gee went five innings without an issue against the Philadelphia Phillies, but the 6th inning was his undoing as the Phillies scored all four of their runs in that inning for the win. He'll be paired with Wade LeBlanc, who is 0-4 with a 6.20 E.R.A. Grab some lunch with the Mets - it's an early 12:40PM start. Radio Coverage: 12:00PM on 1230 FOX Sports Radio