Another day, another loss for the Mets, who dropped a season-low 15 games below .500 following Saturday's 5-2 beating by the Cubs. Captain David Wright said it's a critical time for a young team to maintain its spirit and avoid giving in to the losing habit.
"Nobody is having any fun right now," Wright said. "It's not fun to come to the park and lose and lose in the fashion that we're losing. We're at a point where we need to dig down deep and figure out whatever motivates you individually as a player and find that spot.
"You can go one of two ways -- either go through the motions and play this thing out or get motivated by whatever means necessary and finish this thing strong. A lot of these guys are going to be part of the future."
Wright acknowledged that a team with several young players has mental lapses and doesn't always do the small things right, but he added that much of the problem comes down to a lack of hitting. "Offensively, we're not where we need to be," Wright said. "I want to prevent guys from hanging their heads and going through the motions. I'm not going to let them think this is Mets baseball."
Terry Collins praised Jon Niese (3-6) for battling through 5 2/3 innings when he didn't have his best stuff. "That's what I want -- I want guys who don't want to come out of the game," he said . . . The Mets called up RHP Carlos Torres from Triple-A Las Vegas and optioned reliever Greg Burke to the 51s. RHP Collin McHugh was designated for assignment . . . The Mets signed fourth-round pick L.J. Mazzilli, son of former Met Lee Mazzilli. He will report to the Class A Brooklyn Cyclones.