CHICAGO – The Mets were riding high after winning four of five games in Philadelphia to open a three-city trip.
Three days later, after getting swept by the lowly Chicago Cubs, the complexion has considerably changed. With Thursday’s 7-4 loss at Wrigley Field, the Mets are now 28-32 on the season.
“I thought we played well in Philadelphia,” captain David Wright said. “Here things just didn’t click for us. We didn’t pitch all that well. We didn’t hit all that well. We didn’t field all that well. It’s just the recipe for getting swept. That’s what happened. They played better than us in pretty much every area of the game. We didn’t play well at all.”
The Cubs have the worst record in the National League.
Asked if the Mets had wasted an opportunity to take advantage of a downtrodden team, Terry Collins noted any major league team is a challenge.
“If they don’t have big-league uniforms on, you’ve got problems. When they all have big-league uniforms on, they’re major leaguers,” Collins said. “They’re trying to beat you just as much as you’re trying to beat them. Once in a while they play good, you don’t play good, and you’re going to get your butt kicked. That’s the way it is. That’s just the way it is around here.”
Wright said playing 14-, 14- and 11-inning games consecutively in Philadelphia was no valid excuse. Nor is being deep in a stretch of 20 games in 20 days.
“I think we played well in Philadelphia, and then got here and didn’t play well,” Wright said. “You can use the excuse of the extra-inning games. You can use the excuse of whatever -- 20 in a row. You can go on and on about the excuses. The fact is we just got outplayed in pretty much every area of the game.”
Things don’t get any easier for the Mets. They now travel to the Bay Area to face the San Francisco Giants, who own an MLB-best 39-21 record. The Mets face Matt Cain, Tim Hudson and Tim Lincecum during the series.
“We’ve got our work cut out for us in San Francisco,” Collins said. “We’ll get on the plane tonight, we’ll hopefully get some rest and get after it tomorrow night. There are no secrets. You’ve got to keep playing hard.”