The New York Mets looked to take a commanding lead in the NL East after a 4-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Mets just came off another 4-game series against the Atlanta Braves, in which they split, going 2-2. New York is currently in a stretch where they are playing 16 consecutive game against National League East competition. This series is obviously another crucial one. The Mets have been in first place for well over a month now, so they obviously don’t want to lose any ground.
June 25th (Game 1): Mets 2 – Phillies 1
In the first game of a doubleheader, pitching dominated throughout. Taijuan Walker was given the start for the Mets, and he was solid through 5 innings. Walker struck out 5, allowed only 3 hits, 1 walk, and 1 earned run. 2 out of the 3 hits were allowed to Phillies’ pitcher Aaron Nola, who had a very memorable performance himself. Nola struck out 10 consecutive Mets’ batters at one point, which tied a 50-year old record held by Tom Seaver. Nola finished his day going 5.1 innings, striking out 12, and allowing only 2 hits.
The Mets were in danger of getting shutout once again going into the bottom of the 7th, but Francisco Lindor came up clutch with a 2-out RBI single. Seth Lugo came into pitch the top of the 8th with a runner on second, and he dominated striking out 3 in the inning. In the bottom of the 8th, with Lindor on second, Dominic Smith came up to plate and drove in the winning run with a single up the middle. The Mets won the game by a score of 2-1.
June 25th (Game 2): Phillies 2 – Mets 1
The second game of the doubleheader was no different than the first game. The starting pitching dominated due to terrific games from David Peterson and Matt Moore. Peterson went 6 innings for the Mets, allowing only 3 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 5. His only blemish of the game was a Bryce Harper solo home run in the top of the 6th. Moore went 5 scoreless innings allowing only 3 hits and 1 walk.
The Mets were once again in danger of getting shutout 1-0, but they were able to get to Archie Bradley by loading the bases with no outs. James McCann tied the game on a sacrifice fly with 1 out, but the Mets could not score the game-winning run. Sean Reid-Foley gave up an unearned run in the top of 8th on an Odubel Herrera ground out, and that was enough the Phillies. The Mets did not score in the bottom of the 8th, and lost 2-1. The Mets went 0-8 with RISP and left 7 runners on base in the game.
June 26th: Mets 4 – Phillies 3
It was another close game between the Mets and the Phillies in game 3 of this series. Jacob deGrom got the start for the Mets, and he actually looked human. DeGrom pitched well, but he wasn’t as dominate as he usually is. Through 6 innings, deGrom allowed 3 hits, 1 walk, and 2 earned runs, while only striking out 5. This would be a good start for any other starting pitcher, but this was by far deGrom’s worst start of the season. His ERA went from 0.50 all the way up to 0.69! It’s amazing how high our expectations for deGrom are. Zach Eflin got the start for the Phillies and he was also really good, allowing only 1 run over 6 innings pitched.
The Mets were down 2-1 going into the bottom of the 7th, but Kevin Pillar stepped up to the plate and hit a solo home run to tie the game at 2. Nick Maton hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the top of the 8th, and the Mets once again were down going into the bottom of the 9th. Travis Blankenhorn led off the 9th facing Hector Neris, and he reached first base on a fielding error by Rhys Hoskins. Billy McKinney followed that with a walk, then Kevin Pillar hit an infield single to load the bases with nobody out. Luis Guillorme was able to tie the game with yet another walk, and Michael Conforto won the game on a sacrifice fly. The Phillies’ bullpen imploded once again.
June 27th: Phillies 4 – Mets 2
The Mets went for the series win in game 4 with Marcus Stroman on the mound. Stroman after leaving his previous start with hip soreness, did not fair well in this start. Through 3 innings, Stroman allowed 5 hits, 3 walks, and gave up 4 runs (2 earned). Zack Wheeler on the contrary was terrific. The former Met pitched 7 scoreless innings, while striking out 8 in the process.
The Mets were down 4-0 for the majority of the game, and with their woeful offense, the lead was enough for the Phillies. The only Mets’ offense came from a Pete Alonso RBI single in the bottom of the 8th and a Kevin Pillar solo home run in the 9th. The Mets winded up losing the game 4-2, splitting the series with the Phillies at 2. Very discouraging series when it comes to their offense.
What’s Next for the Mets
The Mets are right back at it tonight, when they face the Washington Nationals in DC at 7:05 PM EST. New York will only be facing the Nationals for this one game as it is a makeup game from April 3rd. Jerad Eickhoff will get the start for the Mets with Paolo Espino getting the nod for the Nationals. The Mets will begin a 3-game series with the Braves in Atlanta starting tomorrow. Brandon Nimmo is expected to return to the Mets lineup sometime this week.