Jose Reyes is due back in the Mets lineup on Tuesday after a successful rehab game in Brooklyn on Monday (below), and he couldn’t come back a moment too soon. The Mets have lost their last two games that included pitiful performances by the offense.
Monday’s 4-1 loss in a makeup game against the Marlins mirrored Sunday’s loss to the Phillies — no offense until the end, then the Mets tease us with a comeback that falls way short.
Through the first eight innings, the Mets managed zero runs and just two hits. Marlins starter Clay Hensley, who hadn’t started a game in three years, made the Mets lineup look life the Quadruple-A lineup that it is. They loaded the bases in the ninth, but could only score one run.
So Reyes and probably Carlos Beltran come back Tuesday, and David Wright is due back Friday — hopefully it’s not too late.
Incidentally, it appears today’s players high-five each just for showing up. The Mets scored their one run on a sacrifice fly by Jason Bay, so of course he received the adulation of his teammates after returning to the dugout. The problem was, it came with the bases loaded and one in the ninth inning. A sacrifice fly was useless — the Mets needed hits. The only people who should have been high-fiving Bay were the Marlins, who were thrilled to get the second out. Way to lower the bar.