It must have sounded like a capacity crowd at Citi Field to beleaguered Michael Conforto when the boobirds rained jeers down on him in the sixth inning.
The last thing Mets fans will accept is yet another betrayal of Jacob deGrom, much less on a day when he tied a career high with 14 strikeouts and was victimized by one mistake in a 3-0 loss to the Marlins on Saturday. But when Conforto whiffed for the third time against Trevor Rogers with deGrom on third and Brandon Nimmo on first, you could bet that the angry mob wished that third base umpire Ron (Mea) Kulpa were behind the plate again for another hit-by-third strike, walk-off or not.
Or wished that Steve Cohen had pinch-hit for him.
Or for everyone else in a Mets lineup that is taking the old baseball theory that the pitchers are ahead of the hitters at this time of the season to new heights, because Pete Alonso struck out to end the inning.
“We just haven’t delivered that big hit,” manager Luis Rojas said.
The faces in the dugout change — from Terry to Mickey to Luis — and deGrom pitching like the modern-day Tom Seaver becomes an exercise in futility and frustration anyway.