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Sunday, August 17, 2014
Futility continues at plate for Mets

By Adam Rubin

NEW YORK -- Mets manager Terry Collins resorted to gallows humor when asked after Sunday’s 2-1 loss to the Cubs what he is seeing from his offense.

“Not much,” Collins said dryly, with a laugh. “We’re not swinging very good.”

Collins went on to compliment Cubs starter Jake Arrieta’s curveball, but the Mets’ rough showing at the plate has been prolonged.

The Mets have not exceeded four hits in any of their past four games. They will tie the franchise record for futility if that streak continues when they face Kyle Hendricks in Monday’s series finale.

The Mets are collectively hitting .210 in August.

Collins acknowledged Daniel Murphy looks tired and likely needs a day off. The manager added, however, that he likely cannot afford to give Murphy a rest while David Wright is sidelined with a left shoulder injury.

Murphy went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Sunday. Although he entered the game leading the National League in hits, he is now hitless in his past nine at-bats and 4-for-24 on the homestand.

“There’s no question, I think Dan is getting tired,” Collins said. “I’ve got to get him a day off here, although with David out, I’d hate to have them both out of the lineup at the same time. I’ve got to get Murph off his legs. He’s getting tired. You can see it.”

Said Murphy: “I’ve played as much baseball as anybody else in the big leagues, so I’m not the only one who has played a lot of baseball. I’ll try to center the ball better tomorrow.”