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Saturday, June 1, 2013
TC: 'We've been struggling offensively'

By Adam Rubin

MIAMI -- Terry Collins stated the obvious after the Mets lost to the Miami Marlins 8-1 on Saturday afternoon.

The Mets have been struggling to score runs even when Daniel Murphy and David Wright do their jobs. And when the two have quiet games, like Saturday's combined 0-for-8?

"We've been struggling offensively for a while," Collins said. "The Yankees series, Murph and David were red hot. You looked up and they were always on base. And it made it a little easier. So we're not doing that right now. We're looking to get some other people going. It just seems like if we get somebody on, we don't capitalize on it."

Collin McHugh surrendered four runs in four-plus innings. He is now 0-5 with an 8.26 ERA in 11 career appearances (five starts) at the major league level. He walked the second and third batters of the game, which cost him when Chris Coghlan delivered an RBI single in the first inning.

"The two bases on balls early, that was very uncharacteristic of Collin," Collins said. "I told you: He got here because he's a strike-thrower. And, after that, he threw strikes."

"Fastball command is the most important thing," McHugh said. "It wasn't there like I wanted it to be today."

Catcher John Buck suggested McHugh's infrequent use might have contributed to the struggles. McHugh had been used only twice out of the bullpen since his promotion more than two weeks ago.

"His last inning was probably his best. Obviously, he hasn't pitched in a long time," Buck said. "... I think that showed a little bit -- a little erratic, where he's normally a control guy with all of his pitches."

Matt Harvey will now try to stop the Mets' two-game losing streak and salvage the series finale Sunday.

"Matt Harvey. What can I say?" Collins said. "He's been in every game he's pitched. Had we scored him some runs, he'd be 9-0."

Said Buck: "What we did this week is we won five in a row. This is only two. So we can rebound, take tomorrow, and that way get some momentum going into D.C."