Game Recap: Mets 4 – Phillies 1

Result: The Mets topped the Phillies 4-1 on Thursday night to take the opener of their five-game series.



Need to Know: Zack Wheeler was in control from the start. He struck out nine, walked none, and allowed only one run in 6 1/3 innings pitched. Chris Young stroked a two-run homer in the fourth to extend the Mets lead to 3-0. The Mets added to their lead in the fifth, when Curtis Granderson drew a bases loaded walk. The first Mets run came in when Travis d’Arnaud bounced into a 6-4-3 double play with the bases loaded in the second. Jenrry Mejia struck out the side in the ninth to earn the save.


Game Ball: Wheeler, who had electric stuff and put it to use perfectly. He retired 14 of the last 15 batters he faced.


Links: Recap | Boxscore


What’s Next: The Mets play the second game of their five-game series in Philadelphia. The game starts Friday at 7:05 p.m.




156 comments
cyjabeli
cyjabeli

So we stay close till July...What pitcher do we trade......I say Gee....Higher ceiling....

ny4ever
ny4ever

Did anyone else notice when D-Wright grounded into a double play in the ninth,Murphy getting out of the way  and not trying to break up a double play? What kind of crap is that?

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

Is it me or does Flores look like the bat is too heavy when he swings? I think he needs to change his batting stance. Too stiff and upright.

donw
donw

Excuses for professional ballplayers not hitting:

Ballpark - lame

Fans booing - lame

  Broadcasters being critical - lame

Lance Christopher
Lance Christopher

Granted, it's the Phillies, but the Mets look like a different team on the road. So please, change the dimensions of Citi Field. I never understood the concept of building around great pitching, so you need a cavernous ballpark. No, if you have great pitching, a smaller to mid-sized ballpark won't matter. It just helps your hitters.

Chris Kujawa
Chris Kujawa

After the game Ryne Sandberg told the Phillies fans that they wouldn't have made so many errors at 3B tonight if the fans had been less critical. Oh wait no that's only our organization that does that.

ADerosby
ADerosby

Am I the only one that thinks we found our closer of the future?  Don't rush back Parrnell.

openmind6
openmind6

I think D'arnaud was overhyped by scouts.

jetsfan14
jetsfan14

As great as Wheeler looked last night, you have to be thrilled that we seem to have found a real closer, too. Mejia may become the best closer we've ever had, if he stays healthy. 


And if Black ever solves his control issues (like last night), he will be really amazing, too. The bullpen is finally starting to look strong--Familia, Black, Mejia. Add Matsuzaka and Rice, and we have a lot of good arms out there. 

cyjabeli
cyjabeli

Just one more bat.........

Uri Bloch
Uri Bloch

Wilmer & Travis hitting is so poor!!!!! 

Mike Baudistel
Mike Baudistel

The tail end of our bullpen has the potential to be absolutely dominant with Familia, Black, and Meija!

B Rizos
B Rizos

Awesome win! Worried about Burnett tomm though

lindro88
lindro88

I'll give Dan Warthen credit, he has been saying Mejia was a reliever since day one. He looks like he's starting to enjoy this closer role. If he can become the first really reliable closer this team has had since who knows when, it will give this team a huge lift. All of those late inning meltdowns have to contribute to the teams lackluster offense. When you have a closer you can count on, it really changes things.

Doubleday
Doubleday

One thing I can say about Chris Young - the ability is there.  None of his home runs have been cheap.

Olerud42
Olerud42

Nice win Metsies. I'm not gonna read too much into the last few games, but nice win. 

dooley
dooley

When the Mets played the Dodgers earlier, Clayton Kershaw asked TC if he could watch Wheeler throw his bullpen session. The only thing I could find out about the conversation between Wheeler and Kershaw, was that Wheeler did not feel that his slider could get major league hitters out. I could not find any feedback that Kershaw gave him, but this was the first start he made after the conversation.

bigslick
bigslick

The Happy Recap:

Wheeler was awesome tonight - 9Ks and Zero walks, let's hope he can keep it going

Mejia is turning out to be a very good closer, he also looked great tonight

Black is back! 3Ks and no walks

Chris Young had a big 2 run blast...........but I would rather have had Marlon Byrd - much better bang for the buck than CY.

Lagares had another two hits.

We are now 3-0 since the firing of Hudgens.............we should have also fired Terry and brought in Wally............unfortunately we will have to wait for the Mets to lose 20 out of 25 for that to happen..........which means Wally should be here by July.

Hopefully I am wrong and our Mets continue to play with passion and have that fire in the belly!

LGM!

melmet
melmet

great to see d'arnaud back.....he can now resume with his .189 batting average and below average skills behind the plate.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Why is it that the opposition has no problem with the dimensions at Citifield? Band-boxes like the ones that the Yankees and Phillies play in cheapen the game and take away the sheen from a team's defensive and pitching skills. Home-run derbys in these smaller playing fields have an initial impact that wears off quickly once the stultifying home-run trot around the bases stops the game in its tracks.

It is plain boring to see good pitching efforts wasted by a cheap shot. Try instead for better hitters, who have no problem with Citifield.

jose_who
jose_who

@Lance Christopher Yeah, the Giants didn't win a couple Championships with great pitching as their foundation. It's never ever worked before... Why not make Citi more like the little league stadium in the Bronx? SMDH...

jose_who
jose_who

@openmind6 All the scouts? Probably not over-hyped, just didn't see all the injuries coming. It happens to prospects all the time. That's the risk, it always has been. This is why they're not locks, and why we have another C  on the way.

jetsfan14
jetsfan14

@cyjabeli Well, it's more like 3 or 4 more bats, but I get your point. Realistically, we need more production from left field, right field, shortstop, first base, and catcher.


But, damn, the pitching sure looks good. Wheeler has been impressive for the last two outings, Montero looked great last time out, and deGrom has been amazing. Add Niese and Gee to that, and the Mets potentially have 5 stud starters, even without Harvey. I have a feeling that one of them gets traded this winter to try to get a bat.

Gerard Farrell
Gerard Farrell

@jimmybxnyc  Not necessarily. Wheeler may have figured something out. I mean, he is only 23. His arm won't stay inconsistent forever

jetsfan14
jetsfan14

@jimmybxnyc I'm old enough to remember when Nolan Ryan came up with the Mets in the 60's--and his control was much worse than Wheeler's. He was really frustrating to watch his first year or two--but he went on to have a HOF career. A lot of young pitchers go through this sort of thing--and Wheeler has gone through it at each level he's been promoted to. With these last two starts, he seems to be getting it. Give him a little time before you get so negative. 

willymayshays
willymayshays

@jimmybxnyc



Boy, how many 23 yr olds don't have good control...

Oh yeah how about the 23 yr old Mejia...and the list goes on and on.

"Scatter arms" like Wheeler happen to be coveted young athletes. 

dylan94
dylan94

@jimmybxnyc  jeez don't be so negative........ have a little faith he's only 23

hrvwlzthor
hrvwlzthor

Ur the exact person that gives real Mets fans a bad name

dooley
dooley

Or he may have turned a corner. This is the best game I have ever seen him pitch.

Rob DiMola
Rob DiMola

@jimmybxnyc The kid is 23 and has less than a full season worth of experience in the majors. Give him a break. You are basing your opinions on nothing valid. He has a brilliant performance and you give him no credit. It's fans like you who help ruin the atmosphere at Mets games. 

dooley
dooley

He has only had 200 career major league at bats. I will reserve my judgment when the sample size becomes larger. I think he could have a similar career to Paul LoDuca.

hrvwlzthor
hrvwlzthor

I don't think this is the night to be bashing d'Arnaud bruh. The dude caught 15 K's and no walks, so I think there's a chance he might be doin something right behind the plate

pj10
pj10

@hankypanky While I agree that the Mets should upgrade their hitting in many places, it's not necessarily true that the opposition has an easy time hitting the long ball here either.


As of yesterday, In 30 games at Citi this year there have been 44 home runs...20 by the Mets and only 24 by the opposition.

metsfan36
metsfan36

The reason u don't see the same effect of the ballpark on opposing players is bc they don't have to play here everyday. You saw it right away in 09 where wright had several balls in April that would've been easily out in the old ballpark. Similar with bay in 2010. Eventually this stuff starts to get in your head and can mess you up. This doesn't affect opposing players bc they're only here 3 games. When u hit the ball real well, it'll go out even in citi. It's all those tweeners that start to screw with their heads.

Lance Christopher
Lance Christopher

@hankypanky 82 games in this stadium is tough for hitters. Unless you're one of the elite power hitters like Miggy or Chris Davis, you're not going to see the sustained power success at Citi. A 40hr hitter will hit like 25 instead. 

qualcomm
qualcomm

@hankypanky How did CBP play for the pitchers yesterday?  The opposition doesn't have to deal with what Mets players have to deal with.  MLB players have gotten a LOT softer and more detached in recent years; it's hard to play in a gritty place. Ownership then makes it 100X harder because they have no idea how to maximize NYC or just happen not to like what the rest of us like.

Everyone suffers.  Ownership doesn't make money, the fans and media are unhappy, the players are unhappy, Saul is unhappy, Jeff is unhappy, Sandy is unhappy... everyone but Bud & Fred are upset.  What are you going to do? 

Unless Eddie Kranepool makes a fortune on Frozen Orange Juice stock, we have to hope for a miracle.

Lance Christopher
Lance Christopher

@jose_who I never said anything about a little league stadium. Hell, just mimicking the dimensions of Shea would be an improvement. And as for the Giants, at least they had average Major League hitters. The Mets don't even have that. 

qualcomm
qualcomm

@jose_who That's an extreme...  I agree with Lance.  Look at what happens in Philly, how bad was the pitching?  You can argue that the larger outfield makes the pitchers too comfortable.

If they make the fences fair all the way around, stop the horrible horrible hoooorible vibe around the park that comes from whoever plans in game media for the Mets & MLB and go into the rotunda and at least take the Dodger uniforms out (so the fans won't be cranky walking in), I think the problem would go away.

Fans are negative toward ownership, but they're also agitated in the park and the less mature fans tend to project that on to the players.

I can't tell you how often I was in left field about 50 ft from Duda... 20 fat guys downed about half the beers in NYC and were starting to get sweaty in their 7-line shirts. Suddenly some horrible thing blasts through the speakers... random VERY dated cheesy sound bites, plugs for products, cheap Mets gimmicks... really loud and really consistent.  You can't hear yourself think, you can't chat with anyone... just "Evey-body clap yo hands Bam! Bam! Bam! Bam! Bam! Bam! Bam! Bam! Bam! Bam! Bam!" until you're flipping nuts. Then these guys get up and lay into Duda... who then walks to centerfield until the action starts. 

That... change that.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Gee and Niese will be salary dumps.

jose_who
jose_who

@jetsfan14 @cyjabeli I agree, the more the merrier., but realistically... If we had a  one strong hitting SS or LF, the other could be forgiven a bit. I still think TdA  will eventually be fine. Granderson has been hitting rather well since May started, people have to give this guy a break, seriously.The only SS that would be a total game changer is Tulo, and that's a pipe dream. So that leaves LF in my mind.

wingo43
wingo43

I've been loyal Mets fan since - Im gonna guess here - probably before you were a twinkle in your parents' eyes (1967). I am The Real Mets Fan. LOL. (Yes, I am that old.). My parents opened up a bottle of champagne when we won the WS in 1969. I was 11. I still try and watch almost every game and I follow the team daily and I completely agree with jimmybxnyc.

This game was great for Wheeler because at least it should us what he's capable of doing. But he has to be much more consistent before he's won me over. If he had another two starts like way he was pitching before tonight, I'd would think he might get sent down to AAA.

I'm not too happy with Lucas Duda or Chris Young or Travis d'Arnaud or Curtis Granderson right now either. Does that make me any less of a Mets fan compared to you?

Elaine Varian
Elaine Varian

@Rob DiMola @jimmybxnyc 

All though I understand and agree with what you said in part, I also agree with the person you commented on only because wheeler himself said in an interview he's had command issues his whole pitching Carrere. He is young and there is time for him to correct it. but for now I think these kind of starts are few and far between. But that being said our young pitching is falling into place very nicely. Mejia, Degroom, Montaro. all finding there way. Now we need some big league hitting to go with it!!!! 

Greg Nichols
Greg Nichols

Loduca was a phenomenal defensive catch but his offense might have been aided by nefarious substances

jetsfan14
jetsfan14

@willymayshays @melmet His defensive skills have been impressive. The bat, not so much. You have to hope that he will develop as a hitter, because you'd love to keep him behind the plate, for the pitcher's sake. But Kevin Plawecki has been tearing it up at Binghamton, and if d'Arnaud doesn't start hitting, we might see Plawecki up here next year.

stemog
stemog

@jimmybxnyc @dylan94 So he's not good enough for our rotation, but he's good enough to be a part of a deal for a legitimate hitter? Interesting. Let me guess, he's the throw-in. I agree with you that's he been wildly inconsistent, but you can't have it both ways: not good enough for our rotation, but a piece for a major hitter.

Gabriel Luna
Gabriel Luna

@jimmybxnyc @dooley Didn't know one season in the big leagues was considered a career lol...


Nolan Ryan happened to have control issues I wonder what became of him?

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@jimmybxnyc You would have given Sandy Koufax his unconditional release after two years. The delusion is on your part. Pitchers don't become great overnight like Gooden and Harvey. It's a process for 98% of them.