Offensive struggles continue for Mets as they fall 9-0 to San Francisco

By Brian McMahon,
The Mets offense took the weekend off, managing just two hits in two off their last three games.

The Mets were blown out 9-0 in the third game of their four game series with the Giants.

Bartolo Colon took the mound on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field having won his last two starts. However, for one of the few times this season, Colon looked his age against the Giants. Colon, 41, gave up six runs on five hits and was not able to make it out of the fifth inning.

San Francisco would make the playoffs if they started today, but many believe their injury depleted starting rotation could hold them back. That has not looked like the case in this series however, as the Mets only managed two hits in Friday's 5-1 loss, and only two hits in their thumping on Sunday.

The Mets won Saturday behind a strong outing from Rookie of the Year candidate, Jacon deGrom. The lanky right-hander held the 2012 World Series champs to two runs on four hits, pitching into the eighth inning. The Mets offense came alive for the only time so far in the series in the seventh inning of Saturday's game, scoring all four of their runs. Travis d'Arnaud, Juan Lagares and Wilmer Flores each had RBIs after Daniel Murphy doubled with one out to start the rally.

The biggest news of the weekend for Mets fans was the resurfacing of their highly talented right-handed pitcher, Matt Harvey. Harvey, who has been out all season after having Tommy John surgery, threw 15-20 pitches and felt good afterwards, reports News Day. Harvey still hopes to pitch this year, though the Mets would rather have him come back at the start of the 2015 season.

The Mets (53-58) decided not to make any moves before MLB's trade deadline on July 31, choosing to hold on to all of their minor league prospects, instead of making a trade for an established hitter to help their woeful offense. There was also some interest from teams for second basemen Daniel Murphy, who leads the NL in hits, and for Bartolo Colon. General Manager Sandy Alderson defended his decision to not make any deals, reports AmazingAvenue.com.

With Sunday's loss, the Mets now trail the Nationals by eight games in the division, and are 6.5 games out of the wildcard.

If the Mets are going to make some sort of push for the playoffs, it will have to start soon. Dillion Gee (4-4) will take the mound tomorrow, as the Mets will try to split the series. The Giants will answer with All-Star right-hander Tim Hundson (8-8).

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