It has been a wildly uncomfortable week in Flushing. On Monday, Mets owner Fred Wilpon channeled his inner Steinbrenner, calling out everyone from Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran to the batboys.
The comments, which Wilpon issued on Monday, were more than likely a direct result of the Mets’ back-to-back losses to the Yankees to close out a three-game interleague set with the Pinstripes. And if Wilpon’s intentions were to motivate the objects of his scorn, his tactics didn’t work. The Mets were thumped at Wrigley on Tuesday, committing three costly errors in an 11-1 loss to the Cubs.
As undone as the Mets might appear psychologically right now, they are in worse shape physically. The club’s three best players -- David Wright (back), Angel Pagan (ribs) and Ike Davis (ankle) -- are all on the DL. Jason Bay left Tuesday’s contest early with a stiff right calf. And Chris Young was lost for the season on May 16, when he underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his right shoulder.
The very thin, nearly imperceptible silver lining to the Mets’ current dark cloud is Dillon Gee (3-0, 3.44), who takes the hill tonight against Chicago. The 25-year-old right-hander is unbeaten since being moved to the starting rotation and is coming off a 7 2-3-inning gem against the Nats.
Braves: Atlanta has lost four of its last six, but after Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over the Pirates, it has become abundantly clear that Jair Jurrjens (6-1, 1.56) is awesome. He has gone at least six innings and has allowed less than two earned in each of his eight starts this year.
Marlins: The Fish have won three of their last four, but Florida’s biggest victory could come today as Josh Johnson resumes throwing to rehab his shoulder inflammation. Of Johnson’s nine starts this season, the Marlins have won nine.
Nationals: Both corners of the Nats’ opening-day infield -- Ryan Zimmerman (abdomen) and Adam LaRoche (shoulder) -- are on the DL and are not expected back until mid-June. Washington has dropped four straight ballgames and six of their last seven, falling to eight games back in the East.