How can the Mets be better on the bases? – The Athletic


“The whole atmosphere was in exact balance; this particular problem had no solution. The more you thought about which caused what, the more you felt cause and effect to be nothing except words — convenient to use at times, but not really meaning much.”

— “Storm,” George R. Stewart

The Mets did on Sunday night something they haven’t done much of the last five weeks: They won a one-run game.

(Yes, I hear your witty retort that I could have stopped that at “They won.”)

New York is 29-32 in one-run games this season, a mark that is much better than you’d think given the way things have gone for it in close contests lately. That’s because that record is not equally distributed. Not that long ago, the Mets were an excellent 26-17 in one-run games. They’re just 3-15 in those contests since.

“They all come in different shapes,” manager Luis Rojas said about the one-run losses after the most recent of them on Friday night.

“It comes down to the smallest things,” Brandon Nimmo said.

The Mets entered the spring with an intense focus on fixing their flaws in the so-called “little things;” Rojas defined defense, holding runners and baserunning as three chief concentrations in spring training. The defense was much better for much of the season, though it has slipped since the end of July.

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