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Mets lose sixth game in a row

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It already feels like ancient history, but the woebegone Mets had a rebirth towards the end of July and extending into mid-August. With a 46-55 record, the Mets won seven games in a row from July 26 through August 1, then went on an eight-game heater August 3-10. After stumbling a bit against the Braves, they went back on a five-game winning streak August 17-22, reaching a season-high seven games over .500 at 67-60. Mickey Callaway’s motley crew, once a trainwreck, was officially back on track.

Some cautioned against buying into the hot streak too heavily, pointing out that the Mets’ hot streak featured many wins against subpar competition like the Padres (61-71), Pirates (56-77), White Sox (60-72), Marlins (47-85), and Royals (47-87). Others countered by saying that you still have to win those games. The Phillies, for example, haven’t even been able to beat the lowly Marlins, going 7-9 against them this season.

It appears the Mets’ hot streak wasn’t terribly informative after all. The club was swept by the Braves at home over the weekend, then got swept at home by the Cubs, culminating in a disappointing 4-1 loss tonight to run the losing streak to six games. The Mets are nearly back to .500 at 67-66. They’ve five games out of the second Wild Card with the Phillies and Brewers ahead of them and the Diamondbacks even with them. The Giants are also within striking distance.

On Thursday night, ace Jacob deGrom was on the hook for four runs over seven innings. Three of the runs scored on a back-breaking three-run home run by Victor Caratini in the top of the seventh. Tyler Chatwood, Brandon Kintzler, and Craig Kimbrel shut the Mets down from there, with the only base runner reaching on a Kris Bryant error. This came a day after Noah Syndergaard‘s clunker in which he allowed 10 runs (nine earned) in three innings of work. The Mets fought back but ultimately lost 10-7.

The Mets’ schedule doesn’t get any easier from here:

  • 3 @ Phillies (69-63)
  • 3 @ Nationals (74-58)
  • 3 vs. Phillies
  • 4 vs. Diamondbacks (67-66)
  • 3 vs. Dodgers (88-47)
  • 3 @ Rockies (59-75)
  • 3 @ Reds (63-69)
  • 4 vs. Marlins (47-85)
  • 3 vs. Braves (81-54)

20 of their 29 remaining games will come against teams .500 or better. Nine of those 29 games will be against teams that are currently at least 10 games over .500.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.