Buck Showalter’s lame excuse for Mets sweep to Braves isn’t good enough

New York Mets manager Buck Showalter. (Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Buck Showalter. (Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports) /

Mets manager Buck Showalter said he was proud of his team during their sweep at the hands of the Braves. His lame excuses aren’t working.

The New York Mets went into Friday’s game against the Pirates on a six-game losing streak, suffering two sweeps to the Blue Jays and then the Braves.

Manager Buck Showalter faced questions about the team’s mindest after falling three times in Atlanta. His answers were not encouraging. Not even a little bit.

“I think tonight’s game [a 13-10 walk-off loss] is an indication of [having the right mindset]. And the second game here and the first game here. Guys came in and competed as good as you want to see,” Showalter said. “Scored 10 runs tonight against one of the best pitchers in the league and I’m real proud of them. There’s a lot of opportunities there to fold the tent and these guys aren’t going to do that. I’m proud of them. I look at it as positive other than we couldn’t get outs.”

Buck Showalter is making lame excuses for the underwhelming Mets

Someone needs to remind Showalter that his team, with the highest payroll in MLB, is three games under .500 and sitting fourth in the NL East. He’s not talking like a manager who has any sense of just how disappointing his team has been this year.

There’s no shame in losing a game to the Braves, but getting swept by a division rival is never acceptable. Feeling proud when your team three games by giving up three consecutive three-run leads to a division rival makes it all even more insane.

And it’s clear that the mindset isn’t in the right place, because New York turned up in Pittsburgh and gave up 10 runs in the first four innings.

Is Showalter proud now? He shouldn’t be.

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