David Peterson put the Mets behind by two runs twice and failed to make it to the fifth inning, as the Mets fell to the Phillies, 5-4, Thursday night in Philadelphia.

Peterson walked the first two batters in the first inning and both came around to score. After the Mets tied the game, he allowed two more runs in the third, including a home run. It was an extremely disappointing outing.

The Mets tied the game the first time with an RBI double by Jeff McNeil, who came in to score himself on an RBI single by Brett Baty. After the Phillies went up, 4-2, the Mets again battled back. McNeil tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and they tied it again in the sixth thanks to a home run by Mark Vientos.

But the Phillies went ahead in the bottom of the sixth on another homer.

The Mets had chances in both the eighth and ninth innings. They put two runners on in the eighth but Francisco Alvarez and Brett Baty couldn’t get the ball out of the infield. In the ninth, Brandon Nimmo hit a one-out double but was stranded there as Ronny Mauricio flew out and Pete Alonso had a lousy AB, as he watched a fastball over the heart of the plate for strike two and then flailed helplessly at a pitch in the dirt to end the game.

It was a rare good night for the bullpen, as Jeff Brigham and Grant Hartwig allowed just one run in four innings. But Brigham gave up the second homer and took the loss.

4 comments on “Gut Reaction: Phillies 5, Mets 4 (9/21/23)

  • NYM6986

    Mauricio, Alonso and Alvarez went 0-12. Three hits for McNeil who looks like 2022 lately. Nimmo did his best to set the table in the ninth. Vientos another HR. Thinking Peterson will be included in an off season trade. He needs a change of scenery and we need him to do so. All that and it was one run loss. Megill tomorrow and it’s on Apple TV. Yuck

  • Footballhead

    I agree with you Mets6986, Peterson will be rid of during the off season. 50/50 chance he’ll blossom with another organization, but not here in NY. I had higher hopes for him; and for Megill also, but I see Megill as a long man out of the pen……sort of the way Trevor Williams was used.

    Speaking of Trevor, he’s the only one of the four (pitchers) that we didn’t resign after 2022 that is not doing well with his new employers. The other three? GS ERA IP WAR Salary

    Lugo 25 3.79 137.2 1.4 7.5million Sure they all had flaws and perhaps not
    Stroman 23 3.76 131.2 2.1 25million worth the $$$, but why on earth would you
    Walker 29 4.40 159.2 2.3 18million jettison three ML worthies, and for 7 million
    less, sign an aging Verlander?

    And is it just me, but can’t the Mets do better than Jeremy Hefner as a pitching coach?

  • ChrisF

    God bless ya Brian. I dont know where you summon the courage to do such a good job with these gut reactions every day. Hopefully next year’s team will reward you. It’s more than well deserved.

    • Metsense

      Gut Reaction: Peterson gave up four runs in four innings. He also had seven strikeouts. He has a good arm but is inconsistent. The Mets always give him the first chance for the rotation. I don’t think he deserves that anymore.
      Vientos is really hot and has opened up the door for consideration. He has more than a season in AAA, so if he doesn’t make it now in the Major Leagues, then he will be destined as a quad A player.
      Alvarez, Baty and Vientos had RBI’s last night. McNeil too and is creeping up on an OPS+ 100. He had an OPS+ 97.
      Megill will get another opportunity tonight.

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