Sunday, June 8, 2014
Mets limp into off-day on six-game skid
By Adam Rubin
SAN FRANCISCO -- New York Mets manager Terry Collins said his team desperately needs Monday's off-day after playing 20 games in 20 days.
The Mets were swept by the San Francisco Giants with a 6-4 loss Sunday at AT&T Park. The Mets also were swept by the Chicago Cubs in the team's preceding series at Wrigley Field. It marked the first time the Mets had been swept in consecutive series of three-plus games since July 20-25, 2012 at Citi Field, by the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals.
"We need it a lot," Collins said about the day off. "I don't make excuses, you guys know. It's part of the game -- all the travel, all the innings, everything else. That's what we do. That's what we signed up for. But we need it right now. We're tired. We're beat up a little bit."
Wheels off: Zack Wheeler and Collins agreed on the reason after Wheeler (2-6) lasted a season-low 3 2/3 innings and surrendered four runs.
"He wasn't really as sharp as he has been," Collins said. "The command of his fastball was not there today, which is what he's really been successful doing lately. He pretty much had to go to his offspeed stuff to get some swings. Normally, when he's on, his fastball is dynamic. Today is just one of those nights."
Said Wheeler: "That's definitely not the start that the team needed out of me. I needed to go deep into the game and not let up any of the runs that I let up. That's all there is to it. I didn't pitch well. I didn't really have fastball command. Everything else was working for me. Just the fastball command was off, and it's kind of hard to pitch and get ahead of guys when you don't have that."
Water mark: Curtis Granderson became the third Met to homer into McCovey Cove beyond the right-field stands. Carlos Delgado and Cliff Floyd had done it twice apiece -- most recently by Delgado on May 9, 2007.
Granderson had a two-homer day, with the first shot -- to center field -- actually traveling farther.
"The wind was blowing out today," Granderson said. "That definitely helped me out a little bit."