Mets Game 130: Loss to Phillies

Phillies 9 Mets 2

The final score shows seven runs between the victors and the losers, and it wasn’t even that close.

The Phillies did their usual thing: score a boatload of runs. The scary thing is, they were scoring like the Philadelphia Eagles BEFORE Chase Utley came off the DL. Now with Utley back in the lineup — and swinging just fine, thank you — the only question is whether they’ll be able to convert all the extra points.

On the other hand, the Mets did nothing of consequence. Against J.D. Durbin — he of the 5-point-something ERA and 1.6 WHIP — the Mets offense could muster just two measly runs on six lousy hits in six and a third innings. And would you believe that one of those two runs was scored on an unlikely infield hit by pitcher Brian Lawrence?

With one out in the seventh, and after throwing only 91 pitches, Durbin was inexplicably lifted by Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. This should have been a boon for the Mets, as the Philadelphia phiremen are of the Fahrenheit 451 ilk. But those New York bats could do nothing against future HOFers such as the 12-fingered (and twelve-toed) Antonio Alfonseca, J.C. Romero, Tom Gordon, and Clay Condrey. It was simply a bad, bad night for the Mets offensive.

Notes

Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth has nine hits in his last nine at-bats. I’d say he’s “in the zone”.

Paul LoDuca was 2-for-4 and running around like a ten-year-old at recess in his first game back since August 11. He scored one of the Mets runs and drove in the other.

Message to the Mets: this is how the rest of the series is going to go. If you are interested in taking one of these next three games — and that’s all you need, one friggin’ game — you must score. Don’t plan on the “good pitching beats good hitting” concept — it doesn’t work against this team at Citizen’s Bank Park. Two runs ain’t gonna do it. Neither are three, four, or five. These games will be slugfests — kind of like watching NCAA games with the aluminum bats. Score, score, and score some more.

Next Game

Tom Glavine enters the lion’s den against Adam Eaton. Neither pitcher is expected to pitch past the fourth inning. Of course, that’s expecting the Mets batters can figure out Eaton, who may be the worst starting pitcher in the NL since Jose Lima — and after seeing their putrid performance against the legendary J.D. Durbin, we can’t have any expectations.

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  1. Micalpalyn August 27, 2007 at 9:56 pm
    Anyone else see Lawrence moving to a zipcode closer to Sosa and Mota
    …like now. I would rather trust the 5th day to Brett tomko.

    I see Scho’s road magic was lost in transit.

  2. sincekindergarten August 28, 2007 at 4:14 am
    Supposedly, Lawrence is “likely to make another start for the Mets,” according to something that Gary Cohen said.

    Adam Eaton is a Met-killer. This isn’t going to be pretty.

  3. joe August 28, 2007 at 7:51 am
    Unless the Mets are inclined to start Aaron Sele, I see Lawrence making one more go of it. Don’t be so harsh — the Phillies destroy everyone, especially at home.

    I hate Adam Eaton. And I hate seeing the mighty Mets’ bats reduced to sawdust by incredibly mediocre pitchers such as Durbin and Eaton.

  4. isuzudude August 28, 2007 at 9:50 am
    One error in the story, Joe. It was Jimmy Williams who had the quick hook with Durbin, not Charlie Manuel. The Phillies skipper was ejected in the first inning after a horrible call at first base by Joe West.

    I’m not entirely understanding what’s with all the low morale here. Out of 6 games the Mets have played in Philly this year, last night’s lost was only the second. In those Mets victories, the final scores were 8-1, 6-5, 5-2, 8-3. So it appears that indeed the Phillies offense can be held in check by Mets pitching at Citizens Bank Park. But we choose to dive off the deep end when our 5th starter gets pummeled. Hey guys – Brian Lawrence is a nobody. His giving up 10 hits in 4.2 innings is not a concern.

    It is a bit concerning that the Mets offense was a tad stagnant against a nobody in JD Durbin. But I get the impression here that it’s like the Mets have been getting shut out like it’s going out of style. Remember, prior to Saturday’s 4-3 win over LA, the Mets had scored at least 5 runs in a dozen straight games. More than likely last night was a fluke and the Mets’ bats will start swinging with some pizzazz over the next 3 games.

    On the topic of who to drop to make way for Endy. I still don’t understand why it’s of utmost importance to activate Endy for the 3 or 4 games left in August and force ourselves into letting someone go who we need right now. Couldn’t he have stayed in rehab for another week, then come off the DL when rosters expand in September? It’s not like we’re getting Carlos Beltran back, is it?
    However, if the Mets truly are obsessed with getting Endy back, then it’s time to sever ties with Lawrence. His rotation spot doesn’t come back around until Sept 1 (at Atlanta I might add), and rosters would have expanded by that point. So if you demote him, there’s no harm done because he can come right back on Saturday without having to lose somebody else. If Lawrence has no options left, then release him and let Pelfrey, Vargas, Williams, or who ever make that start. More than likely it’ll be a one and done deal because Pedro should be back shortly thereafter. For those of you who are fans of Lawrence, chew on this: 5 starts, 6.31 ERA, Mets are 1-4 in those games. Compared to Mike Pelfrey: 9 starts, 5.92 ERA, Mets are 1-8 in his starts. Does Lawrence really give you that much better chance to win than Pelfrey to constitute keeping him around?

    Speaking of Pedro, 6 IP, 5 hits, 1 unearned run, 2 walks, 4 K’s, 88 pitches in his latest minor league start. Yes, it is against Single-A batters, but at least he’s throwing strikes and working longer into games. It won’t happen, but I’d like to see a rehab start for New Orleans to really test his arm prior to being activated. But, like they say, a Pedro Martinez at 75% is still better than most other pitchers in baseball at 100%.

    Final note dealing with Jorge Sosa. He’s now given up runs in 4 of his last 6 appearances. He better turn things around soon or he’ll become the latest victim to get Guillermo Moterized.

  5. joe August 28, 2007 at 12:31 pm
    Oh right Jimy Williams was in charge .. thanks for the correction!

    I think we’ll find out by tomorrow whether Lawrence will be making the next start. Personally, I also don’t see the need to rush Endy onto the roster, since there are already too many LH bats on the bench. But I have a funny feeling that Lawrence gets booted and someone else gets a shot on Sept. 1.

    Only two things though. First, the Mets may like Lawrence — who knows why, maybe something we don’t see — and if they don’t think anyone else is going to do a better job then they’ll trot him out there a few more times. Second, I think Omar is really concerned with Humber’s psyche, and may prefer to give him his first big start vs. someone not named the Braves — especially with plenty of games against the Nats and Marlins coming up.

    Pelfrey has not pitched well at AAA and one wonders if the Mets are worried about his psyche as well — though Omar said he’s a candidate to start on Saturday.

    As for Pedro, I’m not so much concerned about whether he can come in and compete at 75% as much as whether rushing him back is going to cause a regression in the healing process. We’ve already lost him for a year, I wouldn’t want him to miss more time in ’08.

    Re Sosa: I’ve mentioned this before, too many times, but will say it again. A guy who relies on throwing sliders for strikes eventually fails. The only one who got away with it was Sparky Lyle — but he had one of the best sliders anyone will ever see, AND he kept it out of the strike zone most of the time.

  6. isuzudude August 28, 2007 at 2:10 pm
    Sosa is also no Turk Wendell. The man with the shark-tooth necklace and #99 could be used everyday and employed the slider with great success. But Sosa doesn’t have a rubber arm and doesn’t have as sharp a slider. He’ll be good in certain spots but not in that role.