The New York Mets allowed the Philadelphia Phillies to run all over them, and the Phillies in turn defeated them 4-2.
With Noah Syndergaard on the mound, you usually can expect two things: that he will throw a good outing, and that the opposing team will steal a lot of bases. Well, Syndergaard was not on his game tonight, but the Phillies certainly ran all over him. Syndergaard allowed five stolen bases on the evening, which is simply unacceptable. His delivery to the plate has become so glacially slow that it puts Kevin Plawecki in crisis mode anytime that there is a runner on first. My Gut Reaction is that Syndergaard will not wait until the offseason to work on these issues, and instead work on them as the season starts to draw to an end.
Looking past the stolen bases, Syndergaard allowed four earned runs and eight hits over his 5.2 innings of work. It was a struggle for him to make it through those 5.2 innings, and it took him a season high 115 pitches to get there.
There were two horses pulling the offensive wagon for the Mets against the Phillies. Austin Jackson continued his torrid pace by going three for four, and adding an RBI by driving in Jeff McNeil. McNeil was the other horse that pulled the wagon for the Mets tonight, going 2-4. One of his two hits was a pure hustle double, earned by hustling around the bases on a popup that escaped the reaches of three converging Phillies. The other Met to drive in a run was Todd Frazier, who did so by making a sacrifice fly. The rest of the lineup fell victim to having to face Cy Young-candidate Aaron Nola, who was in form for seven strong innings.
The Mets received a positive surprise out of the bullpen with the debut of Daniel Zamora. Zamora looked like he had been on a big league mound before, showing great movement with his pitches and control. Although it was his first appearance, he certainly looked impressive in his 1.1 innings of work. Gsellman also came in for relief, and pitched a solid inning.
Following the loss, the Mets fall to 52-69 on the season. Tomorrow, they will face the Phillies again in Citizens Bank Park. There will be an impressive pitching match as Jacob deGrom will take on Jake Arrieta at 4:05 pm.