Lazy Sunday has taken on a new meaning at Citi Field.
For the sixth time this season, the Mets dropped a Sunday series finale at their home ballpark, falling to the Rockies, 13-4. The Mets missed a chance at what would have been a needed sweep against Colorado, who currently holds the National League’s second wild card spot.
The Mets are now 2-6 in home Sunday games this season. They’ve been outscored in those contests 59-24.
Steven Matz started for the Mets and was an unmitigated disaster. The left-hander allowed seven earned runs on nine hits and left the game with no outs in the second inning.
The Rockies took advantage of numerous fastballs up in the zone from Matz and led 7-0 by the middle of the second. They added two more runs on the Mets bullpen in the fourth inning and extended the advantage with homers in the seventh and eighth.
New York tried to claw back into the game, plating runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth. But the early deficit was too large to overcome.
The Mets (41-48) fall back to seven games under .500. They have seven more contests remaining in this season-deciding home stand.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Already trailing 4-0, Matz gave up back-to-back hits to open the second inning, bringing up Nolan Arenado with two on and nobody out. In a 2-2 count, Matz fired a four-seam fastball that caught too much of the plate, and the Rockies’ star third baseman drove the ball over the left-center-field fence for a three-run shot, his 18th of the season. Matz allowed a single to Mark Reynolds in the next at-bat and was subsequently pulled from the contest.
It was clear from the onset Sunday that Matz wasn’t sharp. Ian Desmond’s flare single to right brought home the first two runs of the day in the first inning. At that point, Matz could have rebounded and limited damage. But Gerardo Parra reached on a bunt single before Trevor Story ripped a two-RBI double down the left-field line. The Mets trailed 4-0, and Matz’s afternoon had unraveled in minutes.
STAR OF THE GAME
D.J. LeMahieu, who went 4-for-4 with two doubles and three runs in his first four at-bats to spark the Rockies’ big day with the bats.
STAT OF THE DAY
Matz has surrendered more earned runs (12) in his last 5.1 innings than he did in his previous 51.1 innings dating back to 2016.
Asdrubal Cabrera, who connected on a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth, his first long ball since July 1.
Matz, whose ERA rose from 3.05 to 4.58 after Sunday’s miserable performance.
Monday, July 17 vs. St. Louis, 7:10 p.m.
RHP Zack Wheeler (3-6, 4.86) vs. RHP Adam Wainwright (10-5, 5.20)