After a day off, the Mets’ bullpen felt the need to remind us how terrible it is and it did it in impressive fashion, allowing five runs in the ninth inning, leading to a 7-2 loss to the Phillies Friday night in Citi Field.
Allegedly one of the driving forces for Brodie Van Wagenen in the offseason was to build a solid back end of the pen, so Jacob deGrom wouldn’t have a repeat of 2018 with relievers blowing his leads. While deGrom didn’t hand the pen the lead – more on that later – the two big imports by Van Wagenen, Edwin Diaz and Jeurys Familia, combined to allow 5 ER in 0.2 IP. And the only reason it wasn’t worse is because Luis Avilan came on with two runners on and stranded them. Diaz now sits with a 5.67 ERA and Familia has a 7.76 mark.
deGrom struck out 10 over seven innings and allowed just two runs. But he should have allowed only one, as the Mets were without a challenge on a scoring play that would have been overturned. But what looked horrible in the seventh inning became a mere side note after the bullpen implosion.
Pete Alonso accounted for both Mets runs, smacking a HR in the fourth inning and an RBI double in the fifth.
Fans in attendance got a bobblehead. Fans at home got to hear Jerry Seinfeld in the booth for a little while. Those things are great. Too bad we can’t trade them for a solid relief corps.