Mets Game 132: Loss to Phillies

Phillies 3 Mets 2

I’m getting really tired of typing that headline — it turns my stomach every time.

Although the Mets have now dropped all three games in Philly, and four in a row, I did see some positives — believe it or not.

First, Oliver Perez, who struggled mightily with his command yet kept the Mets in the ballgame through six innings. He allowed 3 runs on 5 hits and 5 walks, and struck out 10. There were several situations where Ollie was in a major fix, and/or lost his cool for a moment, but he collected himself and fought through the situation. There’s no way you can fault a guy who allows only three runs in six innings against the Phillies in Citizens Bank Park. He did his job.

Second, it was nice to see the Mets battle back in the ninth inning and tie the game — though the tying run was disallowed when Marlon Anderson was called for interference. It was an awful way to end the game, but the silver lining is this: the Mets did not give up.

Now, the negatives.

The Mets managed to score only two runs — AGAIN. This two-run output every game is completely and utterly unacceptable in the easiest MLB park to score runs against the worst pitching in MLB. Phillies pitching plus CBP equals runs no matter who you are. More unbelievable is that the Mets have been able to get into the Philadelphia bullpen early — the same bullpen whose collective ERA was around NINE prior to this series. It’s understandable, and slightly excusable to have one off day, MAYBE even two — after all, once in a while an opposing pitcher will have a great night. But three nights in a row? Sorry, but I’m sending up a red flag. Make that several, big red flags.

The boxscore claims the Mets had ten hits, but I swear I only remember three or four. The most memorable was David Wright’s homerun in the first, with no one on. Carlos Delgado had a run-scoring single to drive in Carlos Beltran in the fourth — and that was it, the complete scoring for the Mets’ offense. Against AARP-card-carrier Jamie Moyer no less.

People keep saying there’s no reason to panic, why the pessimism, hey the Mets are still in first. Meantime the Phillies are making a mockery of the first-place team from Flushing, and about to close out a sweep, which will put them two measly games away from the leaders. Oh, do you really think the Mets are going to pull out a victory on Thursday? It’s an afternoon game, remember — and those are the ones that Willie Randolph traditionally puts out his “B” team and makes little effort to win. If their top talent can’t score against the worst pitching in the NL, in the most comfortable hitter’s park, why would the scrubs? Though, maybe a change in personnel is exactly what’s needed — sometimes a new set of eyes (and arms and bats and legs) is what can reverse bad happenings.

Notes

The two Carloses went a combined 4-for-8, and Wright was 2-for-3. Jose Reyes reached base twice and both times was picked off first.

Jorge Sosa threw two scoreless innings of relief.

Next Game

Orlando Hernandez pitches another day game, this time against Kyle Lohse in a 1:05 PM start. The way the Mets offense has been sputtering, El Duque will need to throw a nine-inning no-hitter if he hopes to pull out a victory. Let’s hope he’s only on pitch #90 when the ninth inning begins.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.