Mets Game 141: Loss to Phillies
Phillies 8 Mets 4
The game was over by the fourth inning. But for whatever reason, I kept watching till the end. Must be the same reason people stop to look at car accidents, or watch bad movies on Cinemax at 2 AM.
For the second straight start, Jenrry Mejia did not look like a Major League pitcher, displaying poor command of his fastball, inconsistency with his breaking pitches, and getting hit hard when he was throwing strikes. He did hit 95 a handful of times, but once again hovered in the 91-92 MPH range with his fastball. The numbers weren’t good, either: 6 runs on 9 hits and a walk in 4 innings and 81 pitches. It actually could’ve been 8 runs on 10 hits but Jose Reyes made a spectacular play to end the third and rob Placido Polanco of a two-run single. Additionally, Mejia did a terrible job of backing up home on a play at the plate — an issue we noticed in the previous start. Little things like this eventually affect the outcome of ballgames, and there is absolutely no excuse for failing to hustle your way into position.
On a positive note, Josh Thole had three hits and threw out a runner attempting to steal. His footwork looked really good on his throw to second base.
Also on a positive note, we got to see the great future HOFer Roy Halladay pitch his way to his 18th win of the year.
The best part of the game: Hernandez at the plate, Carter on deck (thanks to tweet by WFAN). Unfortunately it wasn’t Keith and Gary, but Luis and Chris.
Next Mets Game
Game two is one of those FOX telecasts, beginning at 4:10 PM. Mike Pelfrey faces Kyle Kendrick.