Prosperity can be fleeting. For the Mets, it's often gone in an instant.
In the span of 24 hours, they went out of feeling good, headed to what looked like their sixth victory in eight games, getting swept in a makeshift doubleheader and once again fading away from .500.
In both cases, the bullpen delivered the dagger, ruining potential victories. First was Edwin Diaz, the closest guy who was in the lead Thursday night before the game was suspended due to heavy rain, and then, after the game was resumed Friday, allowed a run-scoring single to Paul DeJong in the 10th of a 5 -4 gut-punch defeat
DeJong got to another of the Mets' arsonists in the nightcap, homering off Jeurys Familia to pull the Cardinals even in the eighth, and Dexter Fowler blasted a three-shot shot off the former closer to head the ugly inning and send St. Louis to a 9-5 win
The bullpen ruined the three-run seventh inning rally in which Wilson Ramos had given the Mets a lead with a two-out, two-run single. The Mets' relievers have proven good at that, wasting strong starting pitching performances and clutch rallies. Friday's ugliness was just the latest example. He and the recent 2-5 road trip, the bullpen gave up two big leads in crushing losses. Diaz blew a three-run lead against the Dodgers on May 29 and the bullpen also flushed and a 5-1
"You want to win those games. You've got to win them if you're a good team but we did not get the job done, "said manager Mickey Callaway. "We've had a few of those in the past couple of weeks that have hurt us."
Minutes after the Game 1 defeat, Pete Alonso responded to a tweet by Kevin Clancy of Barstool Sports, who had written that he was upset at the Mets first baseman's lobbying the umpires to try to get the game in the previous night amid the rain . After the Cardinals he was tied it off by Diaz, the game went into a delay and was evenutally postponed until Friday
"Are you kidding me? Why are you mad at me for having confidence in my teammates? "Alonso tweeted. "I'm a damn competitor and I'll take my team over any one else any day. A real Mets fan does not talk like that. Clean it up. #YaGottaBelieve. "
Steven Matz pitched well in Game 2, like most Mets starters have recently, allowing just three hits over six innings. He made a bad mistake, hanging and 3-2 curveball to Jose Martinez that resulted in a 3-run homer. He got one back in the bottom of the fifth, hitting his first homer of the year, and Mets went ahead in the home half of the seventh. Ramos picked up Dom Smith and Todd Frazier, who had struck out and grounded out respectively, lining a two-run single to right field off one-time Mets farmer John Gant
But just two pitches into the next inning, lead was gone. The family was taken deeply on a 1-0 slider by DeJong. Even after the Familia allowed a two-out double to Yadier Molina and walked Harrison Bader, Callaway stuck with the right-hander, which backfired. Fowler took him deep, resulting in a stadium full of boos as Familia's ERA rose to 6.91