The Mets took the field once again this afternoon in Philadelphia to wrap up their first series of the year. They sent second-year starting pitcher David Peterson to the mound, while the Phillies countered with their ace, Aaron Nola.
Peterson Struggles Early
The young Mets’ left-hander took to the bump today, and it was clear right from the minute he threw his first pitch that he was not comfortable out there. He managed to retire Andrew McCutchen relatively easily to begin the game, but that was pretty much the end of his first-inning success.
From there, Rhys Hoskins hit a cheap-shot homer to right that gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Then, Bryce Harper doubled and J.T. Realmuto walked. Alec Bohm then launched an absolute bomb to left-center field that went a whopping 436 feet that Brandon Nimmo didn’t even bother trying to make a play on.
Peterson managed to get out of the first with relative ease, as well as retiring 7 of the next 9 batters he would face before hitting Matt Joyce, who pinch-hit for Nola, with a pitch. He did manage to get McCutchen to ground into a double play, though. It looked as if he was beginning to settle in.
Right when Mets fans felt as if they were back into the 4-1 ballgame, Peterson hit a rut again. He faced two batters in the bottom of the fifth. Rhys Hoskins, who hit his second double and third extra-base hit of the day, and Bryce Harper, who reached on a bunt single that advanced Hoskins to third.
That would signal the end of the night for Peterson, even though the Phillies would score two more runs that would be charged to him, even though it was Jacob Barnes who allowed the 3-run homer to Realmuto.
Mets’ Offense Continues to Struggle Early
When it comes to the bats for the Metropolitans, it seems like it is the same old Mets. They managed to get 11 hits in tonight’s ballgame, but they only pushed across two runs. For a club that was supposed to be a bunch of world-beaters after this offseason, the Mets better hope this series was a fluke.
Needless to say, it is still extremely early, and they have plenty of time to turn things around. Just look at the Red Sox. They were swept by Baltimore, scoring a total of 7 runs in the series, and then they swept the Rays scoring no less than 6 runs. This is not a 60-game sprint this year. It is a 162-game marathon. Regardless, the bats need to wake up if the Mets want a chance at competing.
Dellin Betances Continues to Struggle
It goes without saying that Betances has not been great in a Mets’ uniform, and today was no exception. He allowed another run in his first outing of 2021. Despite having a respectable career 2.52 mark, entering today, he has pitched to the tune of a 7.82 ERA in his time with the Mets.
When the Mets signed him in 2019, Betances was supposed to be the answer to the bullpen woes. Unfortunately for the Mets, he has been anything but. Betances has been abysmal of late. Many fans wonder whether he was the right decision in the first place. Quite frankly, it is becoming hard to disagree. Needless to say, Betances needs to be better.
If you’re a Mets fan, sometimes, it can be hard to put things into perspective. A lot of the time, we want to go back the the “Family Guy” quote. We all know it by now. “Opening Day and here’s the first pitch… And the season is over.” As tempting as that may be, that mindset cannot be the mentality. The Mets are 1-2, but it is only one series. Remember a few years ago when they started 11-1 and missed the playoffs? Exactly. Don’t panic yet, Mets fans, as we have a long way to go. The Mets will play Miami at home on Friday night in their home opener at 7:00 PM eastern.