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Mets split doubleheader with Phillies

Max Scherzer was solid, Chris Bassitt was sharp, and Pete Alonso led the Mets to a series victory.

MLB: New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Game 1

The nice thing about looking back at the first game of a doubleheader makes it easy to try to keep things in perspective. The Mets could have won their first of two games in Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon, but they did not. And at the end of the day, that wasn’t too much of an issue.

Max Scherzer was not his most dominant self in this game, but he went six innings and allowed three runs on ten hits. He struck out seven and didn’t walk anyone, which is good, and despite his imperfect start, he gave the Mets a chance to win.

Unfortunately, the Mets only scored twice, plating two runs in the sixth inning—with one of them scoring on a rally-killing double play into which James McCann hit. They threatened, in that inning and afterward, but didn’t score more. Francisco Lindor drove in one of the runs in the sixth on a double that sure seemed like it could have been a home run with a non-2022 baseball.

But the Mets came up short, dropping the middle game of what became a three-game series in Philadelphia.

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Win Probability Added

Win probability graph from fangraphs.com FanGraphs

What’s WPA?

Big winner: Brandon Nimmo, +10.1% WPA
Big loser: Dominic Smith, -15.7% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +0.6% WPA
Total batter WPA: -50.6% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Francisco Lindor drives in a run with a double in the sixth, +12.9% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: James McCann grounds into a double play in the sixth, -11.0% WPA


Game 2

Sometimes one player takes over a baseball game, and Pete Alonso was the one to accomplish that feat in the second game of the Mets’ doubleheader. He hit a two-run home run in the first and a three-run home run in the fifth, allowing for more than enough cushion for the lone run that Chris Bassitt allowed in his start.

Bassitt went five-and-two-thirds innings with just that one run allowed. He struck out four, walked one, and gave up five hits.

The Mets tacked on a run in the top of the sixth when J.D. Davis scored on a wild pitch. That was their lone insurance run after Alonso’s home run heroics, but it was more than enough.

SB Nation GameThreads

Amazin’ Avenue
The Good Phight

Box scores

ESPN
MLB.com

Win Probability Added

Win probability graph of the Mets’ 6-1 win over the Phillies. FanGraphs

What’s WPA?

Big winner: Pete Alonso, +46.3% WPA
Big loser: Eduardo Escobar, -6.4 % WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +22.4% WPA
Total batter WPA: +27.6% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Pete Alonso hits a three-run home run in the fifth, +25.3% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Jean Segura hits a solo home run in the second, -10.4% WPA