After a respectable showing immediately following the All-Star break, the Mets started out this week having gone 4-7 over the last 11 games.
Over the weekend, the Mets hosted a red-hot Kansas City Royals team at Citi Field. They took the first game, 4-2 in extra innings, but paid the price, as David Wright pulled his hamstring trying to stretch out an infield single. He was forced to go on the 15-day disabled list.
However, the Mets would go on to lose the next two. Sunday was a particularly rough outing, as the bright sun played havoc with Marlon Byrd in right field. Byrd lost two balls in the sun in the fifth inning that led to the Royals taking the lead.
Next up for the Mets is the Colorado Rockies (52-61), who come to town for a three-game series. After that, the Mets head to Arizona to start a grueling 10-game West Coast road trip that also include series with the Dodgers and Padres and a makeup game in Minnesota on August 19 on the team’s return to Queens.
In other Mets news, it wasn’t only the Yankees who were left to deal with the fallout from the Biogenesis scandal here in New York, although their headache with Alex Rodriguez is by far much bigger.
Mets infielder Jordany Valdespin, who was sent down to the minor leagues after hitting just .188 at 33 at-bats with the Mets this year, received a 50-game suspension, as did Mets minor league infielder Cesar Puello, who was enjoying a good year with Double-A Binghamton, batting .328 with 16 homers in 90 games.
This could be the end of the road for Valdespin as a Met. His clubhouse tantrum after learning of his demotion was only the latest behavioral transgression; he has been disciplined several times in the past by Mets brass. He just recently served a three-game suspension for his part in a benches-clearing brawl in Las Vegas.
Puello, on the other hand, is the Met’s sixth-best minor leaguer, according to MLB.com’s Prospect Watch.