Over a 10-game road trip through Atlanta, Arizona and Colorado, the Mets watched Brandon Nimmo emerge as a potential All-Star, Michael Conforto flip from ice-cold to red-hot, and Jacob deGrom cement himself as perhaps the best pitcher in the National League.
They finished the trip with three wins and seven losses.
The last of those defeats occurred Thursday at Coors Field, where Steven Matz allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings — easily their best start at elevation of any pitcher not named deGrom — in a 6-4 loss to the Rockies. Homering for the third consecutive game, Nolan Arenado drove home five runs against Matz, giving him nine RBIs in a three-game stretch. The Mets could not match that type of offensive output, going mostly silent after Todd Frazier’s solo homer in the first inning and Nimmo’s RBI single in the third.
So Thursday, offense was the Mets’ undoing. Wednesday, they could blame their defense and bullpen. Tuesday, starting pitching was the culprit.
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