- Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer
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WHAT IT MEANS: The Mets are probably getting Jose Reyes back on Tuesday. But they really could have used him on Monday night.
The Mets' offense was punchless in a 4-1 loss to Florida. The Mets mustered just three hits -- and one through six innings -- in the loss, the sixth in their last eight games.
With Carlos Beltran (flu) and Reyes out -- not to mention Ike Davis and David Wright -- the Mets offense was non-existent against Marlins starter Clay Hensley, who took the mound with an 0-2 record and 3.63 ERA.
After allowing a first-inning double to Willie Harris, Hensley retired 13 of the next 17 Mets he faced.
OFF-PITCH: Mets starter Chris Capuano was solid through three innings, but struggled in the fourth. He allowed four hits and a walk -- the key knock a Mike Stanton two-run double -- as the Marlins plated three in the inning. Overall, Capuano allowed four runs on seven hits in 7 2/3 innings. He was lifted after allowing an RBI single to Logan Morrison in the eighth.
RISP: The Mets went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position on Monday after going 4-for-20 in such situations in the last two losses against Philadelphia. They left six runners on base.
HAIRSTON: Scott Hairston was lifted from the game in the top of the third after suffering a left shin contusion. He is listed as day-to-day by the Mets. He suffered the injury after fouling a ball off of his shin in the first.
TEJADA: Shortstop Ruben Tejada, who will lose his starting spot when Reyes returns, made an impressive diving catch with his back to the plate on a Chris Hensley fly ball to shallow left in the fifth.
PAGAN: Angel Pagan, who replaced Reyes in the leadoff spot in the Mets' lineup, went 0-for-4 on Monday. In Reyes' place, Pagan hit .192 with one homer and five RBI.
WHAT'S NEXT: In addition to Reyes' expected return, the Mets will send Dillon Gee (8-3, 3.76 ERA) to the mound Tuesday night to start a three-game series against the Cardinals. Gee and the Mets will face off against Cards' starter Kyle Loshe (8-6, 3.32 ERA).