In a matchup of former Cy Young Award winners with lousy current ERAs, Jake Arrieta did a better imitation of a top pitcher, leading the Phillies to a 4-1 win Tuesday night in Philadelphia, sending the Mets to their third straight loss. In two games against the Mets this season, Arrieta is 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA. Against every other team he’s faced, Arrieta is 2-4 with a 6.19 ERA.
Rick Porcello started and gave the Mets 6 IP but gave up 4 ER. That’s a 6.00 ERA but at this point all we can do is shrug and say – that seems about right. For the season now, Porcello has a 6.06 ERA. He’s been lousy but it’s not like the Mets are in a position to replace him. At least he gives them six innings, with is more than Michael Wacha does while he’s stinking up the joint.
And it’s not like the offense gets a free pass. They banged out 11 hits and somehow only managed to score one run, which came on a solo shot by Brandon Nimmo. They were 0-6 with runners in scoring position, including 0-2 marks from both Wilson Ramos and Dominic Smith. Ramos hit into a particularly deflating double play with the bases loaded, swinging at the first pitch from JoJo Romero, who came on for an injured Arrieta. Ramos weakly grounded to third base for the inning-ending twin killing.
It’s tough to remain optimistic about the Mets’ chances, even with the expanded playoff format. But their starting pitching just doesn’t give them enough chances to win the game. A fact made even tougher when Zack Wheeler and his 4-0, 2.47 self sits in the Phillies’ dugout.