Takeaways from the Phillies 14-8 rout of the Mets on Tuesday…
The Mets got routed by the Phillies on Tuesday night, falling 14-8 at Citi Field. Here are my takeaways from the loss…
A lost night.
This is not going to be a game that’s going to be featured on the highlight video at the end of the year.
This game was marred by the combination of poor pitching, poor defense, and a mostly flat offense outside of a two-run home run from Yoenis Cespedes. They had a lot of trouble putting together any kind of consistent threat against Aaron Harang, a guy who entered the game with a 7.71 ERA in his last 12 starts during which he had gone just 1-9.
Cespedes’ home run (and later his triple) was certainly noteworthy in that it broke an 0-for-16 skid, and both David Wright and Michael Conforto had good nights at the plate as well to highlight a good night for the offense, but they had a night to forget on Tuesday.
Not a Niese day, again.
Suddenly, Jon Niese has become a great concern for the Mets, as he had his third straight poor start, all of which against last place teams.
He allowed five runs in the third inning thanks to a Darnell Sweeney RBI single, a Jeff Francoeur RBI single, and a three-run home run by Darin Ruf, three of his six RBI on the night.
He then allowed another RBI single in the fifth inning to Ruf to make the score 6-0, and effectively ending his night.
His stuff was flat right out of the gate. He seems to be struggling with his arm slot again, and his pitches are lacking any sort of downward trajectory the moment, instead floating over the middle of the plate regardless of what he throws.
It burned him again tonight, and it’s something the Mets are going to have to watch through the final month as they eye a postseason rotation.
The catastrophe in the sixth inning.
What a disaster the sixth inning was for the Mets. There’s no other way to put it.
It started with Bobby Parnell walking the first two batters of the inning and botching a routine sac bunt play off the bat of Freddy Galvis by throwing the ball into right field.
Then, Terry Collins lifted Parnell for Eric O’Flaherty, who proceeded to walk Cameron Rupp to load the bases with nobody out.
That was it for O’Flaherty, who was replaced by Carlos Torres who allowed a two-run double to Darnell Sweeney which extended Philadelphia’s lead to five runs.
But they weren’t done. Not by a long shot.
The Phillies cracked out five more runs against Torres, who proved just as ineffective as Parnell on Tuesday night. He allowed a two-run single to Ruf, a two-run double to Andres Blanco, and another run scored on a throwing error from Ruben Tejada.
In the end, it was an inning filled with utterly poor pitching and unacceptable play in the field, resulting in six unearned runs for Philadelphia as part of an eight-run inning.
I get Collins needs to know what he has in Parnell and even O’Flaherty. And in Parnell specifically, Collins has a special affinity for him and wants him to succeed. But this is a pennant race, a 6 1/2 game lead not withstanding. The Mets had just pulled back to within two runs after trailing by six, and he didn’t use his better relievers to get a shutdown inning and get his team back to the plate within two runs.
And, this happened with Sean Gilmartin available for long relief and some added depth thanks to the addition of Addison Reed and Erik Goeddel as well.
It’s some questionable bullpen management by the manager there, which is just as concerning as the results.
The eight runs allowed in the sixth inning were the most runs the Mets have given up in a single inning this season.
The 14 runs the Mets allowed were a season-high.
The Mets ten-game winning streak against the Phillies came to an end on Tuesday.
The Phillies won for the first time in eight games at Citi Field, matching their total output in those seven games on Tuesday night.
Addison Reed made his Mets debut with a scoreless eighth inning, and Erik Goeddel returned to the mound with a scoreless ninth inning.
Niese has a 9.92 ERA in his last three starts, having allowed 18 earned runs, nine walks, and 23 hits in 16 1/3 innings over that span. He is now 2-6 with a 6.96 ERA on four days rest this season.
The 21 runs scored at Citi Field on Tuesday is tied for the most runs scored in a game in the stadium’s history.
The Mets are now 21-2 when scoring seven or more runs in a game.