Another Steven Matz start, another implosion as the Mets fell to the Phillies last night by a final score of 6-2. The Phillies will now go for the sweep later today.
Steven Matz matched up against Phillies ace Aaron Nola, and it did not fare well for Matz yet again. Matz has a ballooned 9.00 ERA in 23 innings pitched while having a 1.57 WHIP after five starts. He has also posted an 0-4 record in the process, with the Mets losing each of his first five starts.
After what looked like a promising first start for Matz as he pitched six innings of one-run ball, it has gone all downhill from there.
In his following four starts, he has now given up three, five, eight, and six runs, respectively. The Mets offense has been unable to make up for any of his tough outings and lost each one.
Big Fifth Inning Leads Philly to Victory
Steven Matz gave up a second-inning home run to Jean Segura to put the Phillies up 1-0, however, things didn’t turn completely bad until the fifth inning. The Phillies started off with two soft hits and ended up scoring five runs. The biggest blow was struggling Rhys Hoskins’ bases-clearing three-run double which put the Phillies up 5-0. They would add one more in the inning to go up 6-0 which would hold till the ninth inning.
Last night’s game went like a typical Mets game in that the once-hyped offense was stymied by Aaron Nola. Nola pitched seven scoreless innings while only allowing three hits, two walks, and eight strikeouts. However, early on, Nola faced some trouble as the Mets offense dealt with their continued worst nightmare. They were able to get runners in scoring position on a couple of occasions but failed to score.
The Mets have been hurt significantly by their lack of clutch hitting with men in scoring position when needed most. The Mets are near the bottom of the league in hitting with runners in scoring position and simultaneously first in runners left on base, and it isn’t even close.
While being in the top five of many team offensive categories, it seems to be negated by the fact that the Mets have left many runners on base. That would be exactly left 176 men on base, by far ahead of the second-place Astros who have left 141 men on base. Unfortunately, the heights the Mets offense can go will be unknown if the bats cannot hit when it matters.
Early Offensive Struggles Haunt Mets
In the first inning, the Mets would get two base-runners after two strikeouts from Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto. J.D. Davis would single followed by a Dom Smith double, who has been on fire recently. Pete Alonso would strikeout, however, killing the Mets rally.
In the third inning, the first two Mets would reach base on a single and walk, but Michael Conforto would ground into a double play. J.D. Davis would follow with a walk, however, Dom Smith would strikeout, ending another inning without a run scored.
That would be the last time the Mets would get a base-runner till the 8th inning when Luis Guillorme would get yet another hit. He continued his hot start to the season in which he’s hitting to the tune of a .455 average. Tomas Nido would come up next and hit into a double play, killing any rally hopes for the Mets.
The ninth inning would be the last hope for the Mets. After Michael Conforto led off with a single, and J.D. Davis flew out to right, Dom Smith would extend his home run streak to four games as he would go yard to right field. However, that would be all the Mets could muster as Pete Alonso would follow with a strikeout, and Robinson Cano would fly out to left.
The Mets will look to avoid getting swept as former Met Zack Wheeler takes the mound for Philadelphia. He faces his former team for the first time since signing a five year, $118 million contract with The Phillies. He will face off against Rick Porcello, who looks to build off his last two strong starts.