There is a meme on the internet from a cartoon comic where Spiderman is pointing at an identical version of himself, both of them bewildered at the other’s existence. For those who aren’t aware, memes are screenshots from any form of video or photo and often captioned with a witty remark. The Spiderman meme is used to mock two separate entities that have fooled or wronged themselves, pointing at each other as if saying “No, you are the problem.” The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies were the Spiderman meme coming into tonight’s game.
The Phillies have lost their last seven games and are spiraling out of the division lead. The Mets are in fourth place in the division and have embarrassed themselves on multiple public relation levels over the last 48 hours. Tonight’s game was a continuation of the mockery as the clubs traded the lead five times over the first five innings. Steven Matz imploded, giving up seven runs over 4.1 innings. The defense didn’t help either, as Pete Alonso and Amed Rosario failed to make routine plays and defensive shifts were severely mismanaged. To make matters worse, Jay Bruce hit a pinch hit, two run home run in his first AB against the Mets since being traded. At least we got to see a pitching duel of guys named Pounders and Hammer tonight.
The Mets look to clean up their act tomorrow against Jake Arietta, Walker Lockett is currently listed as the probable pitcher for the game. My Gut Reaction is that the Mets will somehow find a way to temporarily dig themselves out of this mess in a matter of two weeks. They will be back to hovering around .500, there will be no clear direction on their trade deadline buyer or seller status and the news of threatening reporters will be forgotten.