Mets Coming Off Lifeless Sweep To Cardinals
The Mets were coming off a terrible series against the Cardinals in which they were swept in three games and were outscored 25-10. Coming off an emotional weekend against the rival Yankees, it was a disappointing series against a team the Mets were chasing in the Wild Card standings.
Going into that series, the Mets were just two games back, of the Cardinals. They have since lost five games since then and are now seven back of St. Louis.
Mets Lose One-Run Game Yet Again, 4-3 To Phillies
As a result, this weekend series against Philadelphia would be a big test for the Mets and one they needed to take. Zack Wheeler took the mound for Philadelphia, while Taijuan Walker started for the Mets. Walker went five innings and allowed just three hits and two runs. It was a quality start for Walker and a bounceback from his previous start where he allowed five runs to the Yankees.
Wheeler could only muster five innings himself, as he had to labor through 93 pitches to get through 5. His most stressful inning was the fourth inning, in which the Mets loaded the bases. Javy Baez would drive in yet another run for the Mets, his 19th with the club, as he blooped one to right. However, the Mets were unable to capitalize further.
Jeff McNeil lined one to center and James McCann lined one to shortstop as they were unable to score further and the score remained tied at one apiece. The Phillies would respond instantly in the following inning with a Brad Miller home run off of Walker.
Mets Unable To Capitalize On Later Chances To Tie
The Mets had a chance to tie it and then some as they had 1st and 2nd with no outs in the bottom of the sixth inning. However, Michael Conforto grounded into a double play to kill the rally. The Phillies would get a couple more runs in the 7th and 8th innings to extend their lead to 4-1. Then, it was time for the inevitable “false hope” for the Mets.
In the bottom half of the 8th, Francisco Lindor would get things started with a double. After Pete Alonso grounded out, Michael Conforto would respond with a double of his own to drive in a run. Javier Baez would then strike out looking and Kevin Pillar would follow with an RBI double to get the Mets within one.
That would be as close as the Mets would get, as they would go down 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the ninth and fall 4-3. Thus, it was yet another one-run loss for the Mets, their seventh of the month, and 15 of 17.
Jean Segura Leads Phillies To 5-3 Victory Over Mets
After a close loss on Friday night, the Mets were looking for a bounceback game on Fireworks night at Citi Field. Early on, there were some fireworks provided by Jean Segura, as he belted two home runs in the 1st and 3rd innings, respectively.
Carlos Carrasco started for the Mets as his first-inning struggles continued. Carrasco has a 14.44 ERA in the first inning this year and has allowed at least one first-inning run in 9 of his 10 starts this year. On the positive side, he has been much better in subsequent innings, as he has pitched to a 2.60 ERA. Thus, if he can figure out how to consistently get through the first inning unscathed, he will be much more effective next year.
The Mets would get on the board in the fifth inning. Brandon Nimmo would rip one to the wall in deep right-center field off of Phillies started Aaron Nola and get a triple out of it. Francisco Lindor would drive him in with a groundout to second base, as the Phillies were playing back conceding a run.
Phillies Get Clutch Hits To Extend Lead
However, as the Phillies did on Friday night, the Phillies answered back the following inning. Brad Hand started the 7th for the Mets and was only able to get one out. Back-to-back doubles by Brad Miller and Freddy Galvis gave the Phillies another run and a 3-1 lead. Trevor May would replace Hand and get Jean Segura to fly out to right.
However, May was unable to get the next batter out. Bryce Harper, who is one of baseball’s hottest hitters, drove a ball down the right-field line for a double that brought in two more runs. Yet again, the Mets were down multiple runs late in the game.
The Mets would get one of those runs back on a pinch-hit RBI single from Dom Smith, which scored Javy Baez from 2nd. In the bottom of the 8th, Brandon Nimmo would hit a home run to get the Mets two runs closer at 5-3. However, that would be as close as the Mets would get, as the next six Mets would go down in order. It would be the Mets’ fifth straight loss and drop them to five games under .500.
Mets Salvage Series Finale, Defeat Phillies 3-2
The Mets finally won a game! After five straight losses, the Mets defeated the Phillies 3-2 on Sunday Night Baseball. It was the Mets’ first win since the club’s 7-6 victory over the Yankees.
The Mets trailed early Sunday night after a J.T. Realmuto RBI double. The Phillies would extend their lead to 2-0 in the 5th inning after a Bryce Harper sacrifice fly to center field. After the Phillies responded quickly to the Mets scoring the previous two nights, this time it was the Mets.
In the bottom half of the 5th, Jeff McNeil would get things started with a single. Then, Tomas Nido would drive a double to left field, putting the tying runs ins scoring position. Dom Smith would come up yet again in a pinch-hitting opportunity and come through. He drove a ball down the right-field line to drive in McNeil and Nido, evening the score at two apiece. The Mets would have a chance to take the lead, however, groundouts and strikeouts from Nimmo, Lindor, and Alonso kept the score tied.
Jeff McNeil Comes Up Clutch, Hits Go-Ahead Homerun
Jeff McNeil would come up clutch two innings later as he would hit a big home run off of Kyle Gibson. It was just McNeil’s 7th of the season and his first since August 1st against Cincinnati.
It was a much-needed hit from McNeil, who has had a tough time of it recently and really the whole season. The Mets bullpen was flawless tonight as they only allowed two hits and struck out eight Phillies in 4.1 innings. Trevor May struck out the side in the 6th inning and Aaron Loup got out of a jam in the 7th inning. Loup has been phenomenal for the Mets all season and he continued to show everyone how great of a season he has had.
After losing Harper to a walk, he got J.T. Realmuto to ground out to keep the game tied, enabling McNeil to have his big moment. Then, after being given the lead, he would have a relatively clean inning, allowing one hit but nothing else.
Edwin Diaz would come in the 9th for the save opportunity and look to lock it down. He got Odubel Herrera to fly out after a missed foul-out catch by Tomas Nido. Diaz would subsequently hit the next batter, Freddy Galvis, putting the tying run on base.
However, Diaz would get a huge strikeout of Jean Segura and left the game in the hands of Bryce Harper. Diaz won the battle as he got Harper to fly out to left and the Mets held on for the one-run victory.
Mets Playoffs Hopes Slim After Series Loss
The Mets playoff hopes continue to be slim despite Sunday’s victory over Philadelphia. The team has put themselves in every difficult position as they currently stand 5.5 games back in the division, and 7 in the Wild Card, with just 12 games remaining.
The Mets schedule doesn’t get any easier on top of that as they head to Boston for two and Milwaukee for a three-game series. For the Mets to have a chance of making the postseason, they will likely have to win out or at most lose one or two games if they seriously want to have a chance at getting in this year.
Thus, it will be another uphill battle, like every other year has been for the Mets. As a result, it’s more than likely that the Mets miss the playoffs for the fifth straight season.