Before the Mets welcomed the Dodgers to Citi Field this weekend — the start of a 13-game gauntlet against the Dodgers and Giants that could make or break their season — Pete Alonso called it a “show-me stretch.”
With three games in the books, the Mets have absolutely nothing to show for it.
After hanging their hat on taking the Dodgers to extra innings in each of the first two games, only to drop both, the Mets suffered a full-on blowout Sunday night to get swept with a 14-4 loss at Citi Field.
Carlos Carrasco got shelled for six runs and three homers while lasting just two innings. The Mets couldn’t get anything going against Max Scherzer — despite the Dodgers’ lackluster defense giving them plenty of chances early to get back in the game — and went 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
By the time Max Muncy had hit his second home run of the night in the sixth inning to push the Dodgers’ lead to 9-2, chants of “Let’s Go Dodgers” filled Citi Field. Later, the Mets needed two position players, Brandon Drury and Kevin Pillar, to pitch the ninth inning.
And if all that wasn’t enough, awaiting the Mets (after their cross-country flight late Sunday night) on Monday in San Francisco? The team with the best record in baseball.
The Dodgers ambushed Carrasco, who now owns a 10.32 ERA after four starts as a Met. Ex-Met Justin Turner crushed a two-run homer to left-center field before Will Smith added a two-out solo shot for a 3-0 lead in the first inning. It was Smith’s third home run of the series — the first gave the Dodgers a lead in the 10th inning Friday night and the second broke up Taijuan Walker’s no-hitter and tied the game in the seventh inning Saturday.
Cody Bellinger led off the second inning with a double ripped to the gap and then scored on Trea Turner’s RBI double. Muncy came up next and made it 6-0 with a two-run homer sent 420 feet to left field.
Carrasco walked Justin Turner — drawing a mound visit from pitching coach Jeremy Hefner and action in the bullpen — before finally getting out of the inning at 57 pitches.
After the Mets wasted a two-on, one-out scenario in the first inning, a Dodgers error put runners on first and second with one out in the bottom of the second. Carrasco laid down a sacrifice bunt — with manager Luis Rojas not turning to a pinch hitter from his four-man bench — but Brandon Nimmo followed with a groundout to strand runners at second and third.
Curiously, after Carrasco hit for himself, Jake Reed relieved him to begin the third inning. Though the damage was already done, Reed kept the Dodgers in check and delivered three scoreless innings to help save an already tired bullpen.
The Mets finally pushed a run across in the third inning on a groundout by Jeff McNeil to make it 6-1.
With help from some more shoddy Dodgers defense, the Mets loaded the bases with one out in the fourth inning. But again they missed a chance to put a dent into the lead, scratching across just one run on Michael Conforto’s groundout that made it 6-2.
The Dodgers padded their lead in the sixth inning off Yennsy Diaz. Ex-Met Billy McKinney roped a one-out triple to right field, which Conforto was unable to snag before running into the wall. After Scherzer drove him home with a sacrifice fly, Muncy’s two-run shot pushed the lead to 9-2.
The Mets got two runs back in the seventh inning off the Dodgers bullpen, with a wild pitch and a J.D. Davis sacrifice fly driving in runs to get the Mets within 9-4.
The Dodgers hung another three-spot in the eighth inning off Geoff Hartlieb before adding two more runs off Drury in the ninth.
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