Originally written on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 7/15/12

What a weekend.  The New York Mets strolled into Atlanta on Friday evening looking to improve on their then 46-40 record.  Instead the Mets received poor pitching performances from Chris Young, R.A. Dickey, and Johan Santana leading to a three-game sweep moving NY 3  1/2 games behind the Division Leading Washington Nationals as well as 3 1/2 games behind the Wild Card leading Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates:

Following Sunday afternoon’s 6-1 loss, manager Terry Collins told reporters his club can not continue to play catch-up, saying:

“We’re not swinging the bats anywhere like we can — or like we have. Not even close. So we’ve got to get that going again. We’ve got to put some points on the board. Our pitching has done a great job. We’ve gotten big hits, key hits. But we can’t keep being four and five and six runs behind, trying to catch up. We don’t have that kind of power. It takes a lot of hits to catch up when you’re that far behind.”

During Friday night’s contest, Young failed to escape the fourth inning allowing five runs on three hits and three walks over three innings of work.  Dickey followed that up with a stinker of his own, allowing five runs over five innings of work.  R.A. has now allowed ten earned runs on 19 hits over his last two starts, spanning 12 innings of work:

Santana capped off the weekend series allowing six runs on eight hits over five innings:

Mets pen wasn’t much better. Surprise. Surprise.  During the three-game set, Mets relievers combined to allow five earned runs over 11 innings of work while walking 13 batters. Yuck.  That is the only word I can think of to describe this weekends putrid performance.  What makes it worse is knowing that the club battled back and actually held a 7-5 lead in game two which the bullpen could not hold.  Bottom line.  This can not happen in Washington.  Not if the Mets want to stay in the pennant race.

I can only hope my MetsZilla mate, Jay Robotham is corrected when he tweeted the following from the MetsZilla twitter account earlier this afternoon:

I don’t know why everyone is so down, clearly the Mets will follow up this sweep by sweeping the Nationals. #ClownRollerCoasterBro about 2 hours ago via webReplyRetweetFavorite @metszilla metszilla

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