Bobby Parnell, Eric O’Flaherty and Carlos Torres combined to allow eight runs, four walks and three hits in the sixth inning during Tuesday’s 14-8 loss to the Phillies at Citi Field.
Parnell didn’t retire any of the three batters he faced, walking the first two and then throwing the ball into right field on a sacrifice bunt. He has allowed two or more runs in three straight outings.
“It was the bottom of the order,” manager Terry Collins said after the game. “If you get him back out there after what he’s been through, I thought it might be a lift for him, early in the game like that against that part of the order. He just didn’t throw any strikes.”
Parnell, making his first appearance since going on the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis on Aug. 18, failed to record an out for the second time in his last three games. He has an 81.00 ERA over his last three appearances, allowing nine runs (six earned) in (officially) 2/3 of an inning.
“I wasn’t real happy. It was one of them days,” Parnell said. “I’ve been working hard and I’m going to continue to work hard. Things aren’t going my way right now and it’s not where I want to be.”
O’Flaherty, who has a 14.14 ERA since joining the Mets, walked the lone batter he faced. Torres gave up a two-run double to Darnell Sweeney, two-run single to Darin Ruf and two-run double to Andres Blanco.
“Obviously, we had two brutal innings,” Collins added.
Torres has given up seven runs (six earned) and seven hits during his last 1 2/3 innings.
The Mets had the fifth-ranked bullpen in the majors in the first half of the season, but they have collectively recorded a 4.63 ERA during the past two weeks.
“You’ve got to hope they can keep up in a game,” Collins said. “You hope they give you a chance to catch up, especially when you are in that part of the game, that part of the lineup, so you can save the matchups later in the game you really want to have. … We just didn’t get it done tonight.”
Matthew Cerrone: I don’t know what the Mets should do with Parnell. I respect Terry for wanting to try and get the guy going. And, if that moment, against those batters, in that type of game, isn’t the day to do it then I don’t know that a better day will come. The fact is, Parnell was on the verge of becoming an elite closer and then a terrible series of events, from a back injury to Tommy John surgery, have totally derailed his career. It doesn’t mean he can’t one day get it going again, but trying to jump start him in the middle of a pennant race may prove to be a huge mistake…
As for the rest of the bullpen, again, now is the time to figure this thing out. So, I have no problem with TC trying to run with O’Flaherty and Torres, etc., because I certainly don’t want him experimenting with a lesser lead in the division. Go for it. Figure it out. Get a grip on the best bullpen so when the heat is on and there is no room for error, whether next week, the last week of September or in October, the Mets know who should be doing what and when.
To read more about Parnell and the bullpen’s disastrous night, check out reports by MLB.com, NJ.com, Newsday, Daily News, NY Post and ESPN NY.
Addison Reed made his Mets debut on Tuesday, pitching a 1-2-3 eighth inning, despite a rough night for the rest of his team’s bullpen.
“He’s going to be fine,” Collins said. “He’s got a good arm. The slider, I thought, was pretty effective tonight.”
Reed, who struck out Jeff Francoeur on three pitches, has 1.17 ERA during his last 13 games.
His fastball topped at 94 mph and his slider reached 89 mph Tuesday, which Collins thinks will be effective in close games in the later innings.
“You take a guy who’s going to be in some high-leverage situations and you put him in those that aren’t sometimes it’s just about getting the ball over the plate,” Collins said. “So, I think there’s even more in there than what we saw tonight.”
Jon Niese has allowed five or more earned runs in three straight starts, including last night’s 14-8 loss to the Phillies at Citi Field..
Niese gave up six runs and seven hits in five innings Tuesday, as his ERA rose back up above 4.00 for the first time since June. He allowed an RBI single to Jeff Francoeur and a three-run home run to Darin Ruf in a five-run fifth inning.
“He’s just leaving balls over the plate,” manager Terry Collins told reporters after the game. “That’s two games in a row where, in a big situation, he’s hung two curveballs to Ruf and gotten hurt by it.”
Between June 23 and Aug. 10, Niese went 4-2 and had a 2.47 ERA in a nine-start span. Excluding his three-inning, six-run outing when his wife was in labor, his numbers in that span move to 4-1 with a 1.63 ERA. However, in his last three starts, Niese is 1-1 with a 9.92 ERA and 1.96 WHIP.
“When I was going good, I was able to throw all my pitches in the bottom of the zone to a consistent basis,” Niese said. “Right now, I’m leaving a few pitches up, making too many mistakes and not getting away with them.’’
Niese won his first two starts against the Phillies this season, allowing three runs (one earned) in 13 1/3 innings. In his last two starts, he’s allowed 11 runs and 12 hits in 11 innings. Francoeur hit an RBI single and Ruf homered in a five-run third inning on Aug. 27.
“I made the same mistakes to the same two guys,” Niese said. “I’ve got to give them credit. They didn’t miss, once again. So I’ve just got to learn from it.”
Jon Niese allowed six runs in five innings and Bobby Parnell, Eric O’Flaherty, and Carlos Torres combined to allow eight runs in the sixth inning as the Mets lost to the Phillies, 14-8, on Tuesday night at Citi Field.
However, the Nationals lost to the Cardinals, so the Mets remained 6 1/2 games up in the NL East…
Steven Matz will start on Saturday in Miami in place of Noah Syndergaard, with the Mets conserving Syndergaard’s innings. Syndergaard will reenter the rotation during the next turn, at which time they’ll go to a six-man rotation.
The Mets promoted Eric Campbell, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Eric Young, Jr., and Kevin Plawecki, and activated Steven Matz, Bobby Parnell, and Erik Goeddel from the disabled list, as MLB rosters expanded to include any player on the 40-man roster.
To make room on the 40-man roster, Vic Black and Danny Muno were outrighted off the roster, cleared waivers, and were reassigned to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Low-A Mets SS Luis Guillorme of the Savannah Sand Gnats was named the MVP of the South Atlantic League.
What’s on tap for Wednesday, September 2
The Mets wrap up their three-game series against the Phillies on Tuesday at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY.
Matt Harvey (11-7, 2.48 ERA) gets the start for the Mets. He’ll be opposed by Aaron Nola (5-1, 3.26 ERA) for Philadelphia.
For every Mets home run hit at Citi Field® this season, Citi will show their appreciation to an NYC community partner with a $2,000 donation. Thanks to Yoenis Cespedes’s home run in yesterday’s home game against the Phillies, Citi is donating another $2,000 to an NYC community partner.
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Steven Matz will start in place of Noah Syndergaard on Saturday in Miami against the Marlins.
Matz was activated prior to Tuesday’s game and will fill in on Saturday in order for the Mets to conserve Syndergaard’s innings.
After the next turn through the rotation, Syndergaard will reenter as the Mets go to a six-man rotation.
Syndergaard has thrown 152 innings so far this season after throwing 137 in 2014.
Matz, who has been out since July 5 due to a strained lat, has thrown 119 innings so far this season.
Tuesday’s minor league recaps…
2B Dilson Herrera hit his ninth Triple-A home run of the season leading off the bottom of the 1st inning in the 51s 8-7 win over El Paso. It was Herrera’s second homer in the last two days and one of his two hits in the game. He also reached on a walk and scored three times.
RHP Logan Verrett had a poor outing, allowing six earned runs on 11 hits in 6 1/3 innings of work. He struck out six and did not walk a batter but gave up three home runs >>Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors
Jon Niese and the bullpen struggled mightily as the Mets lost to the Phillies, 14-8, on Tuesday night at Citi Field.
With the Mets trailing, 6-4, in the top of the sixth inning, Bobby Parnell, Eric O’Flaherty, and Carlos Torres combined to allow eight runs on three hits and four walks as the Phillies extended their lead to 14-4. The Mets also made two errors during the frame, one coming on a throwing error by Parnell.
Travis d’Arnaud‘s RBI single in the sixth inning and a run-scoring single by Daniel Murphy in the seventh inning cut the lead to 14-6. Wilmer Flores hit an RBI single in the eighth as the Mets drew within 14-7 and Michael Conforto‘s sacrifice fly in the ninth cut the lead to 14-8.
Niese put the Mets in a 5-0 hole in the third inning, allowing run-scoring singles to Darnell Sweeney and Jeff Francoeur before surrendering a three-run home run to Darin Ruf. A two-out, RBI double by Ruf in the fifth increased Philadelphia’s lead to 6-0.
The Mets got four runs back in the fifth as Kelly Johnson delivered a pinch-hit RBI single, Curtis Granderson hit an RBI ground out, and Yoenis Cespedes swatted a two-run homer to cut the lead to 6-4.
Addison Reed made his Mets debut in the eighth, tossing a perfect inning, while striking out one.
Erik Goeddel made his first appearance since June, working a perfect ninth.
The Mets wrap up their three-game series against the Phillies on Wednesday at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. Matt Harvey (11-7, 2.48 ERA) gets the start for the Mets. He’ll be opposed by Aaron Nola (5-1, 3.26 ERA) for Philadelphia.
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets’ loss to the Phillies on Tuesday night.