Steven Matz reached the dugout, jumped up on the bench, and sat quietly with his elbows on his knees. This time, there would be no public outburst after getting knocked around, only a private moment of frustration for an afternoon lost.
The Mets began the second half seemingly intent on avoiding a trade deadline selloff, thrashing the Rockies in consecutive games. But that momentum dissipated beneath a fusillade of line drives on Sunday afternoon, when the Mets absorbed an 11-4 drubbing because the lefthander Matz turned in the worst start of his major league career.
On Friday, general manger Sandy Alderson declared that the Mets would have to play “exceedingly well” to change his plans to sell leading up to the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline. The Mets seemed to respond, outscoring the Rockies 23-5.
“The break probably helped us, brought some energy back to the team,” Collins said before the game. “Guys were starting to drag a little bit.”
But just as quickly, the Mets found themselves hopelessly out of the series finale, falling behind 9-0 before mounting any kind of resistance. On paper, the Mets won two of three games, a series victory.
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