J.D. Davis: Phillies Sweep Of Mets “Unacceptable”

After a hard-fought series split against the Washington Nationals, the New York Mets went into Philadelphia and got swept by the Phillies. Mets third baseman sounded off negatively on the series sweep.

As a result, they have fell to 9-14 on the season and currently sit in last place in the National League East.

The Met bats fell cold against the Phillies, scoring just nine runs over the three game series. The pitching staff continues to be horrific, giving up 18 runs in the series, six in each game.

J.D. Davis Comments

J.D. Davis was quoted saying after the game “Getting swept by the Phillies is unacceptable.” For a team with expectations, the Mets have flopped.

The team currently sits 2 ½ games back of the Arizona Diamondbacks and St. Louis Cardinals for the last NL Wild Card spots. The way things are going right now, this team could end up missing the playoffs once again. They’ve been nothing short of inconsistent, whether it’s lackluster starting pitching or an impotent hitting core.

Mets vs Phillies Series Recap

In Friday’s opener, the Mets started Walker Lockett in place of an injured Jacob deGrom.  Lockett  finished the game allowing five runs over six innings. A home run by J.T. Realmuto in the fifth inning erased a 4-2 Mets lead.

The Mets would tie the game in the 9th with a game-tying single from Robinson Cano.  Unfortunately, with two men on and one out, Bryce Harper would hit a walk-off single off of Seth Lugo to give the Phillies a Game 1 victory. The Mets challenged the play at the plate. The replay showed a lackadaisical Wilson Ramos applying a late tag to a speedy Roman Quinn

On Saturday, the bats were shut down by a dominant Aaron Nola. Nola threw seven shutout innings for the Phillies, while only surrendering three hits and striking out eight.

In a big start for Steven Matz, he struggled. Matz gave up six earned runs and three walks and a long ball over 4 1/3 innings. As of now, Matz is still winless on the season.

The Mets would score two runs in the ninth inning off of a home run from Dominic Smith. Unfortunately, that’d be all for the Mets as they went on to lose 6-2.

 In the final game of the series, Rick Porcello took the mound against former Met Zack WheelerThe Mets bats were slow again, only putting up two runs against Phillies. Wheeler was solid, surrendering two runs and six hits in seven innings. 

Porcello’s struggles continued as he surrendered four runs and ten hits over six innings for the Mets. Currently, Porcello is now 1-3 on the season while holding an earned run average of 5.76.

Is It Getting Late Early?

So where do the Mets go from here? They will begin a four game series against the Marlins tonight. Robert Gsellman will open the series against Jordan Yamamoto. Will Jacob deGrom be healthy enough to make a much needed start to uplift the rotation?

The Mets are currently 9-14 and will need a spark to turn their season around. Outside of deGrom, the starting rotation truly lacks a consistently good starter. For the bats, they have been inconsistent. The Mets hitting will need to be more clutch.

A week from today the Mets will be  halfway through the season, making this make or break. A sub .500 week can take the team out of the running almost completely. The Mets could potentially be sellers at the trade deadline if they continue to play badly for the next two weeks. Can the rest of the starting rotation create a spark to fire up the pitchers? Will the team bullpen stay consistent? Can the hitters be more clutch?

For now, all of these questions remain unanswered. Nevertheless, one thing remains certain. The Mets will need to turn this ship around.

 

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