PHOENIX — Given their 59-59 record, the Mets have clearly had trouble winning this season. But there’s a concerning trend in the manner in which they have been defeated: They struggle against losing teams.
Including their sloppy 10-6 loss at Chase Field on Monday, the Mets have dropped all four of their games this season to the Arizona Diamondbacks, who possess one of the worst records in the major leagues. In fact, the Mets are 29-28 against teams with losing records this season.
Losing to the Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies or Kansas City Royals — teams just under .500 — can perhaps be justified. But the Mets are a combined 19-15 against the Atlanta Braves, the Cincinnati Reds, the Milwaukee Brewers, the San Diego Padres and the Diamondbacks, all teams with winning percentages under .450.
Winning teams are typically built on the backs of the cellar-dwelling squads. The Mets went 62-34 against clubs with records below .500 last season. They have not been able to replicate that success this season, and they have been outscored by the Diamondbacks, 27-11.
Fresh off consecutive wins for the first time in more than a month, the Mets stumbled with starter Bartolo…