The Mets got some hits and scored some runs but it was another pitiful outing, as they fell to the Phillies, 10-5, Wednesday night in Philadelphia. They’ve now lost five of their last six games and are now 4-9 in the month of May.

The Mets scored two unearned runs early and had a 2-1 lead. But Joey Lucchesi had trouble with walks and the Mets had trouble making plays in the field. By the end of the game, Mets pitchers had five walks and the Phillies scored three unearned runs.

All of the Mets’ infielders had plays where they didn’t distinguish themselves and while they were only charged with two errors, there were other brain farts and plays simply not made. A few years ago, Keith Hernandez drew criticism as he rightly pointed out how un-fundamentally sound the Phillies were. And the Phillies weren’t good in this game. It’s just that the Mets were worse.

Mark Vientos started and had two hits, including an RBI double. But he was shaky in the field, failing to make at least two plays that an MLB third baseman needs to make. However, it seemed to me that the booth, especially Gary Cohen, gave him too much grief on a slow roller that he charged and was unable to make a play at first on a speedy runner. Cohen wanted him to stop on a dime, field the ball and tag the runner. It would have been a really nice play if he did that. But perhaps we should focus on Vientos making the routine play before we start expecting him to make the difficult ones.

In these three games against the Phillies, the Mets have covered the gamut. They’ve gone from the most disappointing loss of the season to the most impotent loss and now the most pitiful all-around display. Just makes you wonder how they’ll screw up on Thursday.

13 comments on “Gut Reaction: Phillies 10, Mets 5 (5/15/24)

  • Woodrow

    They’re just not very good,a 74-78 win team. And they can’t hit.

    • Brian Joura

      Way to stay on brand despite all evidence to the contrary. Posting “they can’t hit” on a GR where they had nine hits and scored five runs is a moronic comment. From the site’s Comment Policy:

      “Our goal is to have 100 well-considered comments on every story. However, we have no interest in having moronic or profane material on this site. If you say something pointless, obscene, or needlessly argumentative – it will be removed.”

      If you want to say they can’t hit in a game like Tuesday when they were shut out – that’s both an accurate and reasonable comment. If you post the same thing on a game where they score five runs, it’s neither accurate nor reasonable in any way, shape or form.

      The next time you post some version of “they can’t hit” in a game where they do in fact hit and/or do in fact score more runs than league average – all of your future comments will go to moderation and will not hit the site.

      • José Hunter

        “However, we have no interest in having moronic or profane material on this site.”

        But some of my best comments are moronic!

  • Steve_S.

    Gee, it was just yesterday when Baty botched a rundown throw at 3B, as well as striking out all the time. Vientos is the way to go at this point. I hope they play him against righties too, with Baty being sent down and Iglesias brought up.

    • Steve_S.

      Additionally, Pete threw behind the pitcher covering 1B again, Lindor botched a DP ball, and McNeil threw wildly to 1B on a grounder. What a game for the infield! Sheesh…

      • José Hunter


        I don’t dispute your post, except for one fairly minor point.

        My impression of Lindor’s flub was at least partially due to everything being wet. Other players on both teams gave indications of fielding difficulty due to wetness.

        Regardless of that, what concerns me about Alonso is his new-found propensity to try to beat the runner to 1B by diving

  • NYM6986

    I am comforted by our collective anxiety and disappointment about the state of this team. And we are all hoping that things will fall into place. I have said that same thing for the last several decades. What did we all miss about this team that led us to believe they’d at least be a .500 team instead of how they are now sinking lower? Taking nothing away from the Phillies starters who again did a nice job, but again we can’t get any timely hits.
    The Knicks and Rangers are in their respective playoff series with good chances to advance. That keeps my sanity while I’m watching the Bad News Bears.

  • Footballhead

    I read this morning that Megill is with the team; and will start Sunday or Monday, but hasn’t been activated from the IL yet. Do you think that Luchessi will be sent down to make room for him on the roster, or is something else planned?

    And even though I felt you were a tad harsh with Woodrow, I understand your point re: your reply to him. Is it fair to state that; contrary to what Stearns goals were, that this is not a fundamentally sound defensive squad?

  • T.J.

    Are we sure it’s mid May right now? For some reason it just feels like June to me. Do the Mets have a 10 game series with the Chicago White Sox any time soon?

    I understand that a playoff birth is a tidy target, and that anything can happen in a short series, but the gap between the Mets and the better teams is a bit depressing. So far, having the wealthiest owner hasn’t helped change the divisional dynamics. So far.

  • José Hunter

    “Do the Mets have a 10 game series with the Chicago White Sox any time soon?”

    TJ, things could definitely be worse. Imagine being a Chisox fan and reading the above remark

    • T.J.

      Jose, you are the Zenmaster.

  • Forgetitkid

    Wait, I’m confused. Everyone had this team pegged as .500 or thereabouts. Right now they are 4 under after a particularly brutal stretch of schedule. Not long ago they were 4 games over. They are 5-4 vs. the Braves and Dodgers, the two teams we “aspire to be like”.

    They played one crappy game in crappy conditions. Is that all it takes to lose faith? Do we really think this is how they’ll play the rest of the year?

  • Woodrow

    Seems to me 3 of the five runs were scored in the 8th inning of a blowout. Also two of the runs were unearned.

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