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Mets’ offensive struggles continue in another tight loss to the Dodgers: ‘We just can’t finish what we start,’ says manager Terry Collins.

Mets' offensive struggles continue in another tight loss to the Dodgers: 'We just can't finish what we start,' says manager Terry Collins.

Fans watching Saturday’s game between the Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers experienced the worst kind of déjà vu. Another game, another slew of squandered chances with runners on, and another another narrow defeat. The Mets’ 4-3 loss on Saturday was their eighth in their past nine games.

Mets’ offensive struggles continue in another tight loss to the Dodgers: ‘We just can’t finish what we start,’ says manager Terry Collins.

And, with the exception of Sunday’s 14-4 loss to the Dodgers, the average margin of defeat in those games has been 1.4 runs, making the squandered opportunities all the more frustrating. “It’s another heartbreaking defeat. Luis Rojas commented afterwards, “I’m happy of the players that we’re pushing all the time, showing resiliency every day.” “However, we just can’t seem to finish what we start. Bases loaded at-bats or runners in scoring position at-bats have happened before, and I believe we went 0-for-9 today. It’s just something that we need to improve on. We sequenced a bit better from at-bat to at-bat today, and the runs came from two homers, but it once again demonstrates our inability to drive in runs, which has been consistent all season and is now working against us. “We have to be better than that, and I am confident that we are. All we have to do now is keep trying to get to a place where we can slow things down in certain situations.”

The Mets knew they’d have to be at their best during a 13-game stretch against the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, two of baseball’s top teams. However, the Mets are merely 1-8 in the first nine games of that period, falling three games below.500 and 7.0 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East standings. “It’s extremely tough because we were in first place a few weeks ago and feeling fairly good about things,” said Brandon Nimmo, who had three hits on Saturday, including a solo home run. “We knew we were in for a rough stretch, but we were confident in our abilities. This has not been an easy task. It’s really tough to maintain a level head, even though that’s exactly what we need to do at this moment. I know all the guys in there want to win and correct this, but it’s been a trying period for us, and baseball can be like that sometimes, and these have been talented teams, so any minor thing has been magnified and made to appear even greater. It’s been a bumpy road here over the past few weeks.” On Sunday, the Mets play one more game against the Dodgers, with Marcus Stroman against David Price, before returning home for a three-game series against the Giants.

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