For weeks, the Mets have prayed for a hot streak like the one that powered them into the playoffs last season. But with Tuesday’s 5-3 loss to the struggling Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field, the Mets’ summer inconsistency continued.
Hansel Robles, pitching in relief, undid the work of Steven Matz and Neil Walker, whose blistering bat smashed a go-ahead home run off Zack Greinke, the Arizona starter, in the sixth inning. With the Mets clinging to a one-run lead heading into the seventh, the normally reliable Robles coughed up three runs.
Two of the first three batters he faced reached base, and they executed a double steal. The Diamondbacks took advantage of the Mets pitchers and catcher Travis d’Arnaud all night, and stole five bases. D’Arnaud, whose throwing arm was injured early in the season, has thrown out only nine of 42 base stealers this season.
With two runners in scoring position,…