Final Score: Phillies 4, Mets 2
The Mets didn’t get a hit in this game with a runner on base. That really tells you all you need to know. The game was hard to watch. The highlight of the game may have been when this Pete Rose lookalike caught a hard hit foul ball down the right field line barehanded. We need Yoenis Cespedes back. He’s a walking highlight reel.
Manufacturing Runs: In the third inning, Juan Lagares hit a leadoff double. Then Logan Verrett sacrificed Lagares to third and Jose Reyes drove him in with a sac fly to make it 1-1. In the fourth inning, Curtis Granderson hit a leadoff double. Neil Walker helped Grandy advance to third with a ground out. Then James Loney was hit by a pitch and Travis d’Arnaud hit a sac fly to make it 2-1.
Nice Effort: Logan Verrett gave the Mets a quality start. He went 6 innings, gave up 8 hits, and 2 runs. He gave up a Ryan Howard second inning solo homer. Of course Gary Cohen caused the home run by citing the exact number of career home runs Howard has against the Mets seconds before he launched the ball. Howard almost hit another one in the 6th inning to the opposite field but came up just short. Verrett escaped some two out trouble in the fourth inning. In the fifth inning he gave up back to back doubles to pitcher Jerad Eickhoff and Odubel Herrera. Eickhoff undoubtedly should have scored on the Herrera double, but for some reason he was standing on second tagging when the ball was inches from being a home run. Base running blunder for sure. Eickhoff ended up scoring anyway on an RBI ground out by Cody Asche to make it 2-2. But Verrett limited the damage in the inning.
Thanks I Guess: In the 6th inning, Logan Verrett retired the first two Phillies. Then he hit Carlos Ruiz with a pitch and gave up a single to Freddy Galvis. With two outs and runners on first and second, the Phillies left pitcher Jerad Eickhoff in to hit instead of pinch hitting. I understand he can hit, and he already hit a double against Verrett in the game. But leaving Eickhoff in to bat is the wrong move. Terrible managing by Pete Mackanin. Anyway, Eickhoff ended up hitting a weak grounder to shortstop and actually beat Asdrubal Cabrera’s throw to first base. But Carlos Ruiz, arguably the slowest runner in the league, decided to run home and James Loney nailed him at the plate. Travis d’Arnaud applied a perfect tag. The only thing bad about the play was Ruiz’s choice to run. Instead of bases loaded for Odubel Herrera, the Phils ran themselves out of an inning. I get taking a chance with two outs. But it’s the wrong decision. Maybe Lucas Duda throws that ball away, but Loney is making that play for sure. Thanks for the break I guess. It certainly didn’t end up costing the Phils the game because the Mets couldn’t execute with men on base at all.
Can’t Execute: Yoenis Cespedes isn’t playing. He’s our best hitter. It’s tough to do anything without him in the lineup. In the 7th inning, Travis d’Arnaud hit a leadoff double. Then Brandon Nimmo hit a ball back to the pitcher and d’Arnaud was caught off second base. But Eickhoff waited too long to throw back to second and d’Arnaud made it back to the bag. The Mets had first and second with nobody out and failed to score a run. Juan Lagares bunted the runners over and Kelly Johnson couldn’t get a sac fly. Horrendous execution.
More Blunders: In the 8th inning, Erik Goeddel gave up a leadoff double to Carlos Ruiz, and Ruiz advanced on a soft ground out by Freddy Galvis. Then Goeddel threw a wild pitch and Ruiz scored. The old men Ruiz and Howard really helped beat the Mets tonight. And of course the Mets also beat themselves.
Niese and Clippard: I read real rumors today that the Mets would entertain trading for Jon Niese if the Pirates do end up dealing him. I also saw that the D-Backs are open to trading Tyler Clippard. If the Mets wind up trading for Niese and Clippard, the front office should publicly apologize for their offseason.
DL Management: Tonight was the 8th straight day that Cespedes was out due to his injured quad muscle. I’m sure the Mets will continue to play short-handed because we always do. Someone should be fired for the handling of our injured players. Remember when the Jets hired Dick Curl for clock management? The Mets need to hire a coach for disabled list management.
Tomorrow: The Mets will fall 7 games behind the Nationals once they win tonight. The Yankees fell below .500 today. When we play the Yankees the last week in July, we may both be in sell mode. Although probably not since the Mets are at least in the Wild Card race. Thank God for the Wild Card. Thank God for Jacob deGrom on the mound tomorrow. Please win this series. Let’s get Yo healthy.