The Mets finished up their four-game series against the division rival Philadelphia Phillies on Monday afternoon. The end result was not pleasant as the team falls to 19-23 after a 9-8 loss. A victory would’ve pulled the team to just two games under .500 and just 2.5 games behind the Phillies for second place. Instead, they now sit four games under .500 and 3.5 games behind their divisional rivals for second place.
Peterson Struggles Early as Mets Face Early Hole
Mets rookie David Peterson entered Monday’s game against the Phillies with a 4-1 record and 3.03 ERA. He was looking to help the Mets take three of four from the Phillies, however, it was evident early on that he did not have his stuff. Peterson hit his first batter, Andrew McCutchen, which was a sign of things to come. He ended up giving a three-run bases-clearing double after allowing a single and a walk. The next inning, Peterson allowed another base-runner via a walk and gave up a home run to Rhys Hoskins. Peterson would be pulled after two innings where he gave up three hits, five runs, and four walks.
Erasmo Ramirez Weathers Storm in First Mets Appearence
With the Mets facing an early 5-0 hole, Erasmo Ramirez, who was pegged as the Mets long man, came in relief of Peterson. He gave the Mets a chance as he pitched five innings of one run ball and only allowed two hits. He was only the team’s second reliever to pitch five or more innings in relief while allowing one run or less. His strong performance on the mound gave the team a chance to erase their early whole.
Offense Pulls Ahead Late
The New York Mets’ offense chipped away at former Met Zack Wheeler, who early on looked as if he could go the distance. The team, with the help of four doubles in the fifth inning, were able to cut the Phillies in half to 6-3. Wheeler would pitch one more inning, allowing two runners via hit-by-pitch, but surrendering no other runs. Joe Girardi pulled Wheeler after only 83 pitches and six innings for the bullpen and it didn’t work out. JoJo Romero and David Phelps each gave up two runs in the seventh inning, with the big blast coming off the bat of the Squirrel, Jeff McNeil. After not having a single home run for his first 33 games of the season, he hit one in back-to-back games. However, the 7-6 lead would last a mere fourteen minutes as Jeurys Familia would blow the lead a half inning later.
Phillies Take Lead on Big Blast from Segura
The Phillies knew this was a game they couldn’t afford to lose after having blown a 6-0 lead. Brandon Workman would get through the ninth inning and the Phillies went to work. The team started with the inning with a runner at second base to baseball’s new extra inning rules for 2020 and looked to take advantage. Bryce Harper would advance the runner on a fly ball, however, he would get thrown out at home on a fielder’s choice. It was then left up to Jean Segura, who had already been 3-4 in the game. He blasted a Miguel Castro fastball into the M&M Sweet Seats to give Philadelphia a 9-7 lead.
Hector Neris would take the ball for the bottom half and would close it out only surrendering one run. The Phillies would pull through in a game that they seemed destined to lose, through much fault of their own due to misplays in the field. As a result, they split the four game series in Queens.
Time is Running Out for the NY Mets
Time is currently not on the New York Mets’ side as baseball is currently in the home stretch of September baseball. Currently, the team stands at 19-23, with just eighteen games left to go. To finish with at least a .500 record, which may or may not put them in playoff position, they need to go 11-7. However, with teams like the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins both having to make up large chunks of games, it’s tough to see where the Mets could be two weeks from now. One thing’s for certain, they need to find a way to go on a run starting today as they host the Baltimore Orioles for two games.
With eight teams making the playoffs in each league this year due to the truncated schedule, there is no excuse for the Mets to miss. Each and every Mets player needs to step up or they will find themselves having a bitter taste in their mouth if they fail to make it. The schedule isn’t doing the team any favors, however, as they have to face the red-hot Blue Jays coming up, and the Atlanta Braves, Phillies, and Tampa Bay Rays three times each.
Thus, it’s not going to be easy, but if the New York Mets do indeed want to get in, they need to star getting hot right now.