Abysmal Mets road trip ends with even more misery

PHILADELPHIA — The scary half for the Mets is they may not even be near all-time low.

An abysmal road trip ended Sunday with this beleaguered bunch managing all of two hits in opposition to Zack Wheeler, who despatched the Mets house battered and bruised with a 3-0 loss to the Phillies for a seventh defeat in eight video games.

Wheeler, who fired a shutout, retired 22 straight batters after surrendering a double to Brandon Nimmo main off the primary, serving to the Phillies win their eighth straight sport. Nimmo additionally delivered the Mets’ solely different hit, a single within the ninth. The Mets fell 2 ½ video games behind within the NL East, after going 1-6 in opposition to the Marlins and Phillies over the previous week.

“I visited the players in the clubhouse,” proprietor Steve Cohen tweeted earlier than the sport. “They are ready and in a good frame of mind for this game.”

That might have been true, nevertheless it didn’t result in execution in opposition to a pitcher who may need turn out to be the entrance runner for the National League Cy Young award with Sunday’s outing. The Mets (56-55) are headed house to face a Nationals staff that was dismantled on the commerce deadline, however then start a stretch wherein they are going to play the Dodgers and Giants, powerhouses from the NL West, for 13 straight video games.

Only including to the Mets’ misery, Javier Baez departed the sport within the fifth inning with left hip tightness, a possible crusher to an already underwhelming lineup.

The Mets fell to the Phillies today.
The Mets fell to the Phillies as we speak.

Michael Conforto walked within the eighth inning to snap Wheeler’s streak of twenty-two straight batters retired, however the right-hander didn’t relent in getting the ultimate 5 outs. He muzzled a lineup that had solely two hits by the primary eight innings on Saturday earlier than breaking out within the ninth with three homers.

Taijuan Walker allowed solo homers to Jean Segura and J.T. Realmuto within the first inning after which settled right into a groove till the sixth, when Bryce Harper cleared the left-field fence to increase the Phillies’ result in 3-0.

Walker, in his greatest begin of the second half, allowed three runs on 4 hits and one stroll over six innings wherein he threw 89 pitches. The right-hander had allowed not less than 4 earned runs in every of his earlier 4 begins. His largest downside has been the lengthy ball, with 10 homers allowed in 21 innings for the reason that All-Star break.

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