Game recap: Mets 7, Phillies 1

Result: The Mets took the series opener from the division-rival Phillies, 7-1.



Need to Know: The Mets exploded for four runs in the first inning against A.J. Burnett, quickly snapping a streak of nine consecutive games scoring three or fewer runs. Bartolo Colon shut out the Phillies until the eighth inning, when consecutive doubles plated Philadelphia’s lone run. Colon scattered 10 hits and struck out six to pick up his 10th win of the season and increase his potential trade value to contending teams. Travis d’Arnaud had three hits and extended the Mets’ lead with a three-run home run in the fifth inning. The homer was his seventh of the season and fourth in 96 at-bats since returning from a short stint at Triple-A Las Vegas. Juan Lagares added two hits and two RBI, snapping a six-game hitless skid.


Game Ball:  Colon, who cruised through seven innings before tiring in the eighth, after being staked to a big lead in the first.


Links: AP recap | Box score


What’s Next: The Mets will look to improve to three games under .500 for the first time since June 4 in the second game of their series with the Phillies on Tuesday. Dillon Gee (4-3, 3.49) will take the mound in his fourth start since being activated from the DL, facing off against Cole Hamels (5-5, 2.72).




143 comments
Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

A minor point with regard to TC's managing 'strategy.'  You've got an ancient, out-of-shape guy, with well-over 100 pitches working in a blowout. You've got a fairly well-rested bullpen. Edgin hasn't thrown for a week. Give the guy some work.And once again, Buddy Carlyle?!? I'm sure he's a nice fellow but it's taken Sandy FOUR YEARS to assemble a decent bullpen. Bring up Montero or someone else from Vegas for a taste.

ry110891
ry110891

Should we trade Plawecki? I wIsh we could move him to LF

Pete Pirone
Pete Pirone

I know the mets aren't a playoff team or in a pennant race... but all I could ask is they continue to play hard, which they have been. At this rate (and with a Syndergaard call up) I may make my way over to Citi a few times in August and September. This team is pretty fun to watch right now..

BronsonSNY
BronsonSNY

Should the Mets gauge in a deal and are entitled to eat majority of Bartolo's remaining contract, their return should be better than a mid-level prospect----possibly somewhere equal or better than Dilson Herrara's value. There is no way the FO accepts a deal of any less significance where they're not only forfeiting money, but also doing so with one of the best starting pitchers available at the deadline. The portion being paid by the Mets if a deal is reached should nullify Bartolo's age as a deterrent. All that is left is his true value as a quality inning's eater which is high and as some can argue probably the best on the market which should command at least one or two prospects of good value in high AA or A range.

Dave D'Agnese
Dave D'Agnese

If we win tomorrow and Wednesday then I would say keep colon and try to make a run. A realistic low risk trade would be Montero to Arizona for trumbo. Then duda can have some protection behind him and trumbo is only owed like 5 million next year

Danny Fappiano
Danny Fappiano

do you think Colon and a PTBNL for Sean Nolin would get it done?


Doubleday
Doubleday

Nobody wants Bartolo?  It's THEIR LOSS.  Even CY got a hit.  Tejada?  Not so much.  Another week and C Young will be hitting better than Ruben.  Has Tejada had a hit since he was beaned?  I don't think so.  Personally, I think the kid is still shaken up at the plate.

Paul Grzymalski
Paul Grzymalski

Pitching wins in baseball, hope Gee gets back on track ....

rico
rico

Gosh, another super-impressive win and nobody comments on what happened tonight? It's all trade talk.

Everything went right tonight, almost everybody got big hits, colon continues to be masterful, and what i thought was indicative of our new mets was black whffing howard with the bases loaded. How many times has howard owned us? How many times has burnett owned us?

Not anymore!

Richard Davis
Richard Davis

Let's see, we've got the back end of the bullpen set finally, two new, young starters who are making people sit up and notice (Wheeler, DeGrom) and one in the minors (Syndegaard) whom everyone says will be a front line starter and many fans would trade one or more of these for players with injury-prone histories (Tulo, Cargo, Kemp).  And then, many say back up the truck and give Florida three or more pieces like these aforementioned to get Stanton.  Then, we'd have to hope that the guys at AA can make the jump quicker or go sign more stop-gap measures until they do pan out (if they ever do).  Guess I'm old-fashioned when I'd rather keep the bird in the hand.  Position players are on the way sooner than you think but we've gotta make that push RIGHT NOW! 


Depending on how much they want to rush him, Conforto may be a Sept. call-up next year as well as Nimmo.  Herrera and Brown may be ready to push for starting jobs in 2016 which means Murphy and Duda may be trade bait that year.  The fact is we are going nowhere this year.  Next year, we may push for the playoffs even with what we have now.  A small deal in the off-season for a SS or LF and the playoffs are not a pipe dream in 2015.  With the starting staff we'll have along with the power arms in the bullpen and we could have the best pitching staff in the NL.  Most of all, we won't have weeks of guys like Valverde and Farnsworth in the pen blowing winnable games.  But what do I know; I might be freakin' nuts.

archer41
archer41

With Comforto and Nimmo, better off not getting a lefty OF. Rather have Castro or Tulo.

Justin Cosgrove
Justin Cosgrove

Travis is really starting to play as advertised. Keep it up! 

mi
mi

gunna be 6 out with 56 left...SANDY GO GET CARGO

BronsonSNY
BronsonSNY

@Jim Steele That depends on the offer. A quality pitcher shouldn't come cheap especially when you're allocating most of their 2015 salary. If a deal isn't closed by both trade or waiver deadlines, I'd say retain his rights come the offseason where a possible trade can be had. If not you have a quality starter for 2015. Who knows, maybe then someone will bite for a veteran arm with an expiring contract.

Pete Pirone
Pete Pirone

@Danny Fappiano I'm friends with Sean and I wouldn't do that (all respect to him)... He's not what we need right now. He's got a great change up and all, but why add more pitching? He'd be a 4 or 5 on an okay team right now... he'd be an odd-man-out on this team. He wouldn't crack a 6-man rotation on this team next year.. Maybe a bullpen guy. That's not an insult to him, this team's pitching is just too good.

metsfan91
metsfan91

@jimm120 Why would they do that? They're in contention to make the playoffs.

saxon
saxon

@Doubleday 

It's not like Tejada was doing much before being beaned....234...but, I know he has played 3 out of the last four games and has not had a hit. He did get 2 walks though...Struck out with bases loaded...left nearly 10 men on base...etc... 

Doubleday
Doubleday

Hope Dana Eveland is OK - looks like he took a liner to his kidney.  Ouch.

Mark Rakentine
Mark Rakentine

@rico Everyone got big hits except for Tejada.....yet we can't get him out of the lineup!

Billy Suede
Billy Suede

@rico great win but i'm not buying playoff talk until they hit .500 and cut the deficit to at least three games for either the division or the wild card. trade talk is pointless as well. no point in giving up assets for a rental who you will lose in the offseason who won't be a difference maker anyway and the real targets won't be available until the winter 

spelletrader
spelletrader

D'Arnaud lit it up, Lagares is showing signs of life at the plate, other guys hitting the ball hard, Chris Young reverting.

hawkeye
hawkeye

@rico

I'll start worrying about being impressed if they reach .500.  How many times have they strung together a couple decent games only to go on a big losing streak over the last couple seasons?  I want to be optimistic, but they have made me cautious about doing so.

William Gunnar Truitt
William Gunnar Truitt

@Richard Davis I hope by Brown, you do not mean Andrew Brown the AAA outfielder.. Did you mean to say Dominic Smith, the first baseman in Savannah?

William Gunnar Truitt
William Gunnar Truitt

@mi I believe the synopsis of everyone's argument against trading for CarGo is: He is vulnerable to injuries, he's in a declining year, he's owed $20 million per year the next 3 years. Point is, Mets cannot afford to deal the farm system which took so long to build up just so they can acquire someone who has a history of performing well.

Brian Aragon
Brian Aragon

@mi No, just no.


Have you seen Cargo's stats away from Coors? Citi is one of the worst hitters parks in the league and you want to bring him here?

mrgee
mrgee

Because, um, you know, it would be cool.

rico
rico

Who's saying you empty the minor league bank for one of these guys?

mi
mi

@Brian Aragon @mi hit 60 points higher on road last year, more hrs, more rbis...coors feild thing is a myth... the splits are only like that because the ball breaks on the road and not at all at home.. if he played a full season not at coors he would adjust

Praggy Ptl
Praggy Ptl

@Brian Aragon @mi Cargo would enjoy that left field porch just like Granderson does. Cargo is a very good player. He's great because of coors but still a very good player.

Mark Rakentine
Mark Rakentine

@sjm25 "Flores hasn't done anything that makes him better than Tejada". You do realize that Flores has played two games in a row just once this season don't you? He's had NO chance this season to show what he can do. Last night is the first time in 10 days the Mets scored more than 3 runs and you're telling us you go with defense first. That might be true if Tejada was something more than an average SS, but he is not.

qualcomm
qualcomm

@sjm25 Yes, he's like Ozzie Smith.  It's hard to prove your value from the bench. 

Rudibager
Rudibager

@sjm25 A gold glove center (maybe the best in MLB) can CERTAINLY be a slap hitter.  With his defense, I don't care if he walks every damn time to get on base.  As long as his OBP is decent, who cares?

hawkeye
hawkeye

@sjm25

And if you gave any sort of attention you'd realize they need to maintain that .666 winning pace for the remainder of the season to have a shot at the playoffs.  The pitching might be improved from recent seasons but the hitting can still disappear 3 or 4 games in a row with no warning.  I don't think they are capable of being the best team in baseball for 3 straight months right now, which is basically what they would need to do.

Also, when is deGrom going to be shut down?

William Gunnar Truitt
William Gunnar Truitt

@rico Um, in order to deal for any of these guys, you have no choice but to empty the farm system... I doubt you would trade away David Wright for crappy, mid-level prospects.

William Gunnar Truitt
William Gunnar Truitt

@mi See, your rationale is completely flawed. You question, so whose the guy the Mets give up their pitching for? Without a doubt, there is no clear-cut player that is available whom the Mets should go for, or else it'd be obvious. The worst way to approach this situation is by giving up the talented surplus of pitching for someone, just so that we can say that the Mets did something. It is often the best action to stay put and wait out until that clear-cut batter comes about.

Brian Aragon
Brian Aragon

@mi He is also injury prone and almost 30 years old, I just feel that there are better options out there. If we are trading young pitching I was a young SS of LF, not a past his prime OF.

theglider
theglider

He's a career .132 hitter at Citifield. Do we want to hope he improves? Hope gets teams in trouble.

mi
mi

@William Gunnar Truitt @mi in my opinion cargo is not just "someone" and hes cheaper than stanton and tulo.. cargo could hit 300 25 100 and play a gold glove left feild

rico
rico

Please tell us what the "better options out there"are specifically.

mi
mi

@Brian Aragon @mi ok so who, you understand you cant just pick and choose who ya want right? hes available he plays left feild he avg 30, 100, 300 in a full season.. what freakin more do you want? 

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

Plus he's always hurt, has knee issues now that he is trying to "play through". Has played in 135 games once since 2010.

Now if they could trade for him without including Syndergaard, Wheeler, or deGrom, I'd more okay with it.

James
James

@mi @William Gunnar Truitt What has he done to show that he would hit 300 in Citifield, he certainly hasn't hit that high outside of COors so far he hits just 260 outside of Coors and more importantly his his OPS is .986 in Coors while just 758 away.


On top of that he is having a terrible year and has missed 30 games a year in his mid-20s, that tends to get worse with age not better.


I would like to think we could spend $60m better than that all on our own, and not have to throw in a couple top prospects to go along with it.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@mi @Brian Aragon But he's hit 30 HR's ONCE in his career. Over 100 RBI's ONCE in his career. In Colorado. How can you say he'd hit .300 30 100 in Citifield?

Brian Aragon
Brian Aragon

@mi He is hitting .250 this year, .343 at home, .175 on the road, that isnt myth. I would try and trade with the Dbacks or Cubs for a major league ready SS then address LF in the offseason. Prospects arent a sure thing but that is exactly what we are looking to trade away, potential.

theglider
theglider

All of them. If it's 5 or 65 he has never hit at Citifield. Even when he won the batting title he hit .167 there. Again do you want to hope he'll be better with more at bats?

mi
mi

@James @mi @William Gunnar Truitt idk he won a batting tittle? i guess that was all coors feild...avgs 300 30 100 i guess thats coors feild to, you know its only 81 games a year right? god u make it sound like he plays every game there

mi
mi

@William Gunnar Truitt @mi and why the hell would a career 295 hitter who averages 30 homeruns and 100 rbis a year all the sudden become that terrible? get a clue

saxon
saxon

@Brian Aragon @mi 

Why would we trade for a minor league SS when we brought our minor league SS up last week and won't even play him? No SS in the minors has the numbers that Wilmer has in AAA...Average, power, RBI's..And his major league fielding % is identical to Tejada's...

mi
mi

@Brian Aragon @mi last 4 years hes avged 130 games a year played.. never playing less than 110 so injury prone? ok hes having 1 bad year... he plays a gold glove left feild, has speed, is 28 right in his prime and once again ill say it.. is AVAILABLE.. he is the guy

Brian Aragon
Brian Aragon

@mi It's not that I wouldn't want him, I'm just not selling the farm for him. What would you trade to get him? 

mi
mi

@Brian Aragon @mi hes cheaper than tulo, we might be able to hold onto noah and still get him

Brian Aragon
Brian Aragon

@mi No way I would trade Noah, Harvey or Wheeler, that is the future of the rotation. I'm not trying to dismantle the team this team to get one bat when the earliest we can realistically compete is next year when cargo is 29 (about to turn 30). I would rather sign free agents or wait till some position players come up, keep in mind those 3 are all under 25 and not even in their prime.

theglider
theglider

Sure, let's get him. Maybe he can add 50 points to his average and hit .182 for us.

mi
mi

@Brian Aragon @mi i wouldnt trade harvey for anyone.. i would trade noah or wheeler if it got me an of or ss

mi
mi

@theglider or maybe hell hit 295 like his career avg is

Brian Aragon
Brian Aragon

@mi I don't see Sandy making a deal for Cargo before the deadline, maybe in the offseason but hopefully someone else is available then.

theglider
theglider

At Coors. He's a career .260 hitter away from there.

mi
mi

@theglider thats 260 while having to adjust to the ball breaking in half the games and not in the other half..

James
James

@mi @theglider That is the most insane explanation of the Coors effect I hae ever heard, he is going to get better at hitting outside of COors because it is too easy to hit at Coors.


Or maybe he just isn't as good as his Coors inflated stats would have you believe.

theglider
theglider

He's a mediocre hitter away from Coors and has been awful at Citifield. That's not wishful thinking but just the way things are.

mi
mi

@James @mi @theglider that is the most insane interpretation of what i said....larry walker might know a thing or two about hitting at coors feild and he has been quoted numerous times as saying the only effect coors has besides the obv ball carry is that the breaking ball breaks more on the road as opposed to home..thats why they struggle on the road not because they play at coors.. logic dicates if he didnt play at coors and played his home games at sea level I.E CITIFEILD, the splits would not be so drastic