The Mets are on a four-game streak and it’s not a good one. For the fourth straight game the Mets not only lost to a division rival, but they wasted a strong start, failed to hit much, and were undone by a shaky bullpen. For good measure, they threw in a few costly errors as well.
Zack Wheeler pitched quite well, striking out 7 and allowing just one run, but at 99 pitches, Terry Collins felt obliged to pull his starter after just five innings. At that point, the Mets led 2-1. The Mets scored their two runs in the opening inning and the bats went completely silent after that against Zach Eflin and five Phillies relievers. Hansel Robles, Josh Smoker, Fernando Salas, Jerry Blevins, and Addison Reed combined to allow just 1 unearned run over four innings to keep the Mets in it, but then Rafael Montero entered the game with the score tied 2-2 in the 10th and promptly began throwing batting practice. The Phillies crossed the plate four times in the 10th to take a 6-2 lead that would stick as the final score.
There are four key aspects to winning in baseball – starting pitching, offense, the bullpen, and defense. You can get away with one of those areas failing you, but not three. Thankfully, Jeurys Familia is due back on Thursday and that should help plug the leaky bullpen. But right now Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Wilmer Flores, and Curtis Granderson are all hitting below .200 and Neil Walker is at .220. We need to score some runs and we also need a starter to go more than 5 or 6 innings once in a while. The bullpen has failed us, but they are overworked and have too much pressure on them. Come on, Mets. Time to snap out of it.