Mets Fall to Phillies 5-3 in Opener As Bullpen Collapses

After a delayed start to the 2021 season, the New York Mets traveled to Philadelphia to take on the Philadelphia Phillies tonight. The Mets season was delayed a few days to a COVID-19 outbreak within the Nationals organization, in which they had multiple positive tests. New York was scheduled to play them this weekend in a three game series. However, the series will be made up later in the season. While this was the Mets first game, it was the Phillies fourth.

Mets Jacob Degrom Pitches Six Scoreless Innings

The Mets three time CY Young winner Jacob DeGrom got the start tonight. Looking to improve on his great 2020, he threw six innings of scoreless baseball. His final line is as follows:

6 IP

3 H

0 ER

2 BB

7 K

He was in control all night as the Mets held a 2 run early lead. Additionally, he contributed offensively too, driving in a run and having two hits. He finished with a no-decision on 77 pitches.

Mets Strike Early

With the score tied 0-0 in the the fourth inning, Mets catcher James McCann drove in a run on a single. The new addition to the Mets contributed immediately. Additionally, DeGrom drove in a run with a hit of his own. After four, the Mets held a 2-0 lead and held it until the eighth inning.

Phillies Score Five in Eighth Inning to Take Lead

Although DeGrom was pitching well, manager Luis Rojas took him out after the sixth inning. Philadelphia took advantage of the poor decision making by Rojas. The Phillies scored in the eighth inning first on a hit-by-pitch that drove in a run. Then, star catcher JT Realmuto tied the game with a hit. The game changing point was when McCann mishandled a catch after a throw from third base. Two runs scored on the play and the Phillies took the lead. Later in the inning, they added insurance on a sacrifice fly by Didi Gregorius. The runs were given up by Mets relievers Trevor May and Aaron Loup

The Phillies would end up winning the game 5-3.

What’s Next

Even though the Phillies have played more games than the Mets, the two teams square off for two more games. The games will be on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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