Tony Plate - Mets Lose Weekend Series to Phillies



The New York Mets lost a crucial series to the Philadelphia Phillies this past weekend at Citi Field and their playoff hopes are dimming. 

Things began well for the Mets on Friday when they pulled out a wild 5-4 to victory when Pete Alonso drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs to cap a hectic ninth inning. Prior to his heroics the Phillies rallied and scored two runs to tie the game against Edwin Diaz in the top of the ninth. 

 On Saturday, Drew Smyly pitched seven good innings and the Phillies pounded ten hits off of Marcus Stroman to win 5-0.  

On Sunday, The Phillies rallied from being three runs down and scored four runs against Noah Syndergaard who was lifted for a pinch-hitter after five innings and scored six more runs against the Mets bullpen including home runs by Mets nemesis Maikel Franco and Scott Kingery to win 10-7. 

When battling for a playoff spot the losses that hurt the most are the ones that you allow the opposing team to rally against you after leading them by three runs or more. There was a piece of history in this game. It was the Mets longest nine-inning game in their history which lasted four hours and twenty-nine minutes. Their previous longest game was four hours and fourteen minutes long against The Washington Nationals last year.

The Mets are still alive, but the odds are still stacked against the them and it won’t be easy with less than twenty games left. I’ve seen many strange things happen in the past. The Mets will be doing plenty of scoreboard watching during the rest of this month. The Mets were lucky that the Chicago Cubs lost three games in a row during the weekend to the Milwaukee Brewers and the Mets were still four games behind the Cubs after weekend action.

The Mets began a four-game series against another wild-card contender, the Arizona Diamondbacks last night and then play the defending National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers. Perhaps they will have to go 16-3 the rest of the way to secure a wild-card spot. The Mets approach should be taking it one game at a time and stay focused on what they have to do and hopefully get some wins while they shrink some leads of the other teams in front of them.


Tom Brennan said...

Tough to go 16-3, when 3 are against LAD and 3 against Atl.

John From Albany said...

If you deserve to make the post season, you have to beat the good teams. Otherwise stop talking about the playoffs and figure out how you can beat the good teams next year.

Tony said...

I agree, If you deserve to make the postseason you have to beat the good teams.
We'll see what the Mets are made of when they face the Dodgers.

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