Takeaways from the Mets 3-0 loss to the Phillies…
The Mets were defeated by the Phillies by the score of 3-0 on Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. Here are my takeaways from the loss…
Despite clinching the National League East over the weekend on Philadelphia, it’s safe to say the Mets aren’t happy with their effort during this three-game series.
For most of the series the offense was lacking, scoring 2.6 runs per game over the week against the Phillies, including being held scoreless for their final 17 innings.
Their struggles the first two games, even with a five-run 1st inning on Wednesday, were tough to watch, as they just couldn’t get much of anything going with their regulars. Today, however, the Mets opted to play essentially no one from their regular starting lineup aside from Michael Conforto, and didn’t even go as far to use any of their starters as pinch-hitters in this one.
With the talent they have on this roster and the pitchers they went up against this week–although to be fair, Jarrod Eickoff was terrific today–it was an overall disappointing performance by this offense in this series.
A valiant effort.
With Steven Matz being scratched from his start for the second consecutive day, Sean Gilmartin was tasked with holding things together for five innings today in his first major league start, and he did just that.
It was an excellent showing from Gilmartin, who hadn’t thrown more than 58 pitches or 3.2 innings in a single outing in his major league career prior to today. He did allow a two out, two-run home run to Darin Ruf in the 4th that was ultimately his undoing, but Gilmartin gave the Mets exactly what they needed today, going five innings, allowing three hits, two earned runs and a walk while striking out three.
Unfortunately the bats weren’t able to back him.
A lost series.
For the Mets, there was a clear lack of fire from them in this series, as manager Terry Collins pointed out to reporters following the loss on Wednesday night. After dominating the Phillies all season long, they fell victims to a rather underwhelming sweep over the last three days.
Aside from a pair of at-bats by Lucas Duda and one good inning on Wednesday, the offense struggled mightily in this series, the defense was sub-par, the pitching faltered and the team just played sloppy.
While the division has been wrapped up for five days now, this team is still playing for home field advantage in the NLDS against the Dodgers. Losing a series in this fashion is disheartening and while it won’t affect their ability in the postseason, it could have ramifications of what happens once they get there.
Hopefully they play a little better this weekend in their final series before that.
Other notes from Thursday:
The Mets were shutout for the 14th time this season, ending their record 33-game streak of scoring at least three runs in a road game.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 3-for-4 with two doubles at the plate.
Outside of Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Kelly Johnson and Ruben Tejada, the Mets combined to go 0-for-20 in this game.
With the loss, the Mets were swept by the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park for the first time since 2009.
The Mets finished the season 13-5 against the Phillies.