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Mets shut out by Phillies as Syndergaard struggles

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The Mets lost the series finale in Philadelphia in uninspiring fashion.

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With the way the Mets have played over the past few weeks, it wouldn’t be fair to say they’ve been mailing it in. But if you’ve been mailing it in as a fan, well, you didn’t miss much in the team’s loss to the Phillies on Wednesday night.

In the last meeting between the two teams in 2018, the Mets just didn’t do much. Aside from Amed Rosario, who went 3-for-4 and is now hitting .260/.298/.393 on the season, the offense just didn’t do much. Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier, and Brandon Nimmo had one hit apiece, but the team struck out nine times, walked three times, and failed to score.

With that kind of offensive performance from the Mets, the Phillies didn’t need much, but they scored several anyway. Rhys Hoskins took Noah Syndergaard deep with a solo shot in the bottom of the first, and Syndergaard wound up lasting just four innings and throwing quite a few pitches along the way. Odubel Herrera tagged him for a two-run home run in that fourth and final inning.

Even the “bad” version of Syndergaard this year hasn’t really been that bad, and despite giving up three runs on four hits with six strikeouts and three walks in his relatively short start, he still has a 3.36 ERA on the season.

It certainly would have been preferable if the Mets could have beaten the Phillies and further cemented their status as a non-playoff team, but in reality, the Phillies aren’t making the playoffs anyway. And the Mets have played a role in sending them home this year already, which is a nice bonus in a season that has gone so poorly overall.

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Big winners: none
Big losers: Michael Conforto, -14.0% WPA, Tomas Nido, -12.8% WPA, Austin Jackson, -12.6% WPA, Noah Syndergaard, -11.4% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Brandon Nimmo walks in the top of the second, +6.1% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Odubel Herrera hits a two-run home run in the fourth, -14.2% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -12.8% WPA
Total batter WPA: -37.2% WPA
GWRBI!: Rhys Hoskins