This afternoon the Mets lost 2011′s first Mets-Phils series in horrifying fashion, getting shut out by Halladay and the Phillies’ bullpen.
The Mets offense was stagnant for the most part, although fans were teased in the early innings with lead-off runners making base and even a bases-loaded 1 out scenario. Unfortunately, these opportunities bore no fruit, featuring David Wright’s strike-out in the latter scenario (followed by an overreaction on twitter, where many deemed Wright as “the worst situational hitter in baseball”). However, Halladay hung on through the 7th, as Baez and Herndon finished out the shut-out for the Phils.
Mets pitching wasn’t much prettier, as Niese lasted only four innings, while allowing six earned runs. The highly-praised Mets bullpen didn’t fare any better, as Beato, Byrdak, and Carrasco combined for another four innings and five runs allowed.
No one needs to be subjected to an extended horror story, but I’ll suffice to say that there were several occurrences of flawed fundamentals by the Mets both offensively and defensively throughout the game.
The Mets begin their first homestand of the season tomorrow afternoon against the lowly 1-4 Nationals, where hopefully this team will begin to gel.
And of course, let’s not forget this week’s tribute to Grave. May he be blessed enough to have missed today’s game.