Lost a bit in the Mets' ongoing offensive ineptitude during Wednesday afternoon's loss was the lackadaisical and flat out inexcusable defense they played.
The culprits were Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, and Amed Rosario, who were all guilty of lazy efforts.
With one out in the seventh inning, Bruce slowly approached Ender Inciarte's seeing-eye single, allowing Inciarte to turn the hit in to a double. On that same play, Rosario was caught off guard and was out of position for Bruce's throw to second base.
"Bruce and Rosario completely flat-footed on that play," SNY's Gary Cohen said on the broadcast, after which SNY's Ron Darling said "That's when as a pitcher, you start muttering to yourself a little bit."
On another play -- a double that went off Bruce's glove near the wall, Conforto was not in position to back up the play. All of the lazy defense led to another comment from Cohen.
"The way the Mets have played defense the first two games of this series, I would think any manager would be up in arms," he said.
After the game, Bruce took responsibility for his gaffe.
"It was a terrible play by me," he said. "Unacceptable and it shouldn't have happened. He (Inciarte) took advantage of me being nonchalant about it."