When you are a 31-win ball club and you are on the verge of being swept by one of the best teams in baseball, there is no room for anybody on that team to talk about anything but trying to right the ship and find ways to stop underachieving.
That would be the case for any other team but the New York Mets.
Los Angeles Dodgers’ slugger Yasiel Puig slugged a home run in the fourth inning of Wednesday’s 8-2 win. The Dodgers are back on top of the National League West and look primed to make a serious run in the summer.
The Mets did not like that Puig took time to look at the baseball. Wilmer Flores used that idiotic phrase that Puig “lacks respect for the game.” Yoenis Cespedes also had a talk with Puig in the outfielder during a half-inning, like being down five runs is not a big concern.
Flores and Cespedes struck out a combined five times in the loss Wednesday. Flores used the wrong platform to spit his dribble about home run trots instead of talking about how the Mets are going to turn things around when getting outscored 30-8 in three of the first four games of the series.
New York has been an utter joke this season — only two years removed from a World Series appearance. How is anyone on that team allowing Cespedes and Flores to do what they did Wednesday without consequences? Focusing on the trot over your own performance is down right dumb. Puig does this all the time and the Mets should be used to getting shellacked by the Dodgers by now.
If any Dodgers player hits a home run Thursday night, their bat flip should hit the Big Apple. Maybe that will be a wake up call to whatever Sandy Alderson is putting out on the field in Flushing.