The Mets closed out their season in pathetic fashion today, dropping the game and the series to the Phillies by a score of 11-0. Despite getting two strong innings from Noah Syndergaard to start the game, the fourth inning doomed the Mets, due to some poor pitching, poor fielding, and poor management.
Noah Syndergaard started for the Mets and, over his two innings of work, struck out two, walked one, gave up no hits, and reached 101 mph on the radar gun. Hopefully, Syndergaard has an uneventful off-season, and can get back to performances like this on the reg.
Syndergaard was relieved by Chris Flexen, who pitched a solid third inning before getting into some serious trouble in the fourth. Aaron Altherr led off the inning with a double to center field. After a strikeout of Rhys Hoskins, Nick Williams drew a walk. The next batter was Maikel Franco, who hit a three run home run to put the Phillies on the board. Andrew Knapp then walked, followed by a J.P. Crawford single. Phillies’ starter Nick Pivetta laid down a sacrifice bunt, but an error on Dominic Smith led to Knapp scoring, and Crawford and Pivetta moving up a base apiece. Cesar Hernandez and Odubel Herrera singled to drive in two more runs, putting the Phillies up 6-0.
Although he had more relievers than he could possibly know what to do with, it wasn’t until six runs scored that now former Mets manager Terry Collins pulled Flexen from the game. While the game is more or less meaningless, Collins cemented his reputation as one of the worst in-game tacticians in baseball with today’s utterly inexcusable bullpen usage.
Despite Pivetta walking five Mets, and Phillies pitchers walking 11 in total, the team did little more offensively, getting just singles from Gavin Cecchini and Norichika Aoki in the second and fifth innings, respectively.
Just because the Mets weren’t hitting didn’t mean the Phillies stopped doing so. In the eighth inning, Rafael Montero walked Crawford and Hernandez before Odubel Herrera smacked a ground rule double, scoring Crawford. Altherr grounded out to plate Hernandez ahead of a Hoskins walk, and then Nick Williams hit an inside the park home run, which put the Phillies up by 11.
In terms of Met misery, this game had it all: defensive ineptitude, poor pitching, ineffective hitting, an appearance by Ty Kelly on the other side of the diamond, everything. Good riddance, 2017.
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Big winners: None
Big losers: Chris Flexen, -36.4% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Brandon Nimmo’s third-inning walk
Teh sux0rest play: Maikel Franco’s three run home run
Total pitcher WPA: -24.7% WPA
Total batter WPA: -25.3% WPA
GWRBI!: Maikel Franco