Game recap — Mets 4, Phillies 1

Result: The Mets benefited from a late error in Friday’s 4-1 win over the Phillies at Citi Field and avoided a three-game losing streak.



Need to Know: Jacob deGrom was stellar over seven innings, not allowing a hit until the fifth and holding the Phillies to just an unearned run to push his record over .500 (7-6). Phillies outfielder Grazy Sizemore’s seventh-inning error on a dropped fly ball to left with two outs and the bases loaded allowed two Mets runners to score, while Eric Campbell stole home as the Mets pulled off a double steal later in the inning to extend their lead to 4-1. New York had just four hits on the night, and Travis d’Arnaud hit an RBI single in the fourth inning for their only earned run of the night. Jenrry Mejia picked up his 20th save of the season by shutting the door on Philadelphia in the top of the ninth.


Game Ball: deGrom, who got back to his winning ways after struggling in his return from the disabled list Aug. 23.


Links: AP recap | Box score


What’s Next: With Saturday’s first pitch set for 7:10 p.m., the Mets will turn to Bartolo Colon (12-10, 3.82 ERA), who returns after attending his mother’s funeral this week. Jerome Williams (2-0, 1.77 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Phillies.




137 comments
josef
josef

There is no passion, no emotion, and no leadership on this team! It starts with Alderson, moves down to Collins, then to Wright, and to the rest of the team via osmosis!:)

Nobody seems to care enough about winning, and winning by all means necessary, doesn't mean it has to be done through the use of PEDs! Some love and yearning for winning, some sense of responsibility, and challenging the status quo (the status quo here is taking losses in stride and be OK with them) is desperately needed, and the current cast of characters associated with the Mets lack this badly!

A true captain stirs the ship, saves it from sinking, takes charge, shows passion and emotion, and never accepts losing! It is all about the attitude! You can have lots of talent, but you will AWLAYS underachieve, if you have zero passion and lack the proper winning attitude. David Wright lacks that attitude, despite his talent, nice community service, being a great all-around guy, etc! He is more of a politician dressed in a Mets uniform, spreading goodwill, than he is a true leader in the tenches leading, saving, and guiding the team. That is what the C on his shirt should stand for! Captain, not Community Service Ambassador!

shawnp6986
shawnp6986

Great outing deGrom,once again this kid shows he is unfazed by the pressure in any given situation.

Also,Herrera will be fine,in AA he was known for one night going 0-4,then the next night coming out and going 4-4.Reason being,the kid sticks with his plan at the plate each and every night.He doesn't switch his swing in the middle of the season ala DW.As far as the booted ball in the 9th,who wouldn't be nervous as a 20 year old in their first game in bigs,trying to get a big out in the

josef
josef

How could a team captain have only 2, count them 2, extra base hits, both doubles, in 2 months! 

This is beyond sad!!

danielg
danielg

Jacob Degrom ROOKIE OF THE YEAR!

josef
josef

Mets need people who hate losing and take losing personally!


The team needs a true leader and a definite clutch player! You need someone to lead by example, to deliver when no one else on your team does. You need someone to get into your teammates' faces and challenge them, and you need to come through when your team needs you most! You need to be tough, strong, and super clutch, in key moments of the games and the seasons!!


Someone like Kobe Bryant has plenty of that, despite his other flaws. That is the difference! To a lesser extent, even Carlos Delgado had a lot more of that than Wright and Grandy! I would even say the same thing about Beltran, minus that one infamous at bat in Game 7 of NLCS versus the Cards!


David Wright and Grandy don't have that! Between the 2 of them, they take nearly away half our payroll this year and for the next few years as well, while delivering subpar and below average results! That is 1/4 of our daily line up for the next 3 years, and each year, their cumulative numbers would be like this year or mostly likely, even worse! 



Brian Kalinka
Brian Kalinka

So Den Dekker still batting only .220 in August. Can we just give Campbell a few starts vs righties already? Obviously calling up Matt while he "was hot" didn't really work out. 

Mark Kunzmann
Mark Kunzmann

I have to believe that wright has some sort of injury, as for Grandy.. who knows


victor_zam
victor_zam

Wright is done!!!!!! We're stuck with him for 6 more years!!!!! Don't get me started with granderson useless piece of crap. Bring back bay.

kcas44
kcas44

he is what he is over rated overpaid singles hitter with no arm........o  and cant hit in the clutch what more can you expect for 20 million

josef
josef

Concerning David Wright:


it is hard to have as bad a year as he is having this year, next year. But some very good players regress very quickly, a la Howard Johnson! He was a hard-nosed player, an All-Star, and the only other player besides Barry Bonds to be in a 30-30 Club back in the late 80s. In fact, many analysts compared them to each other during their 30-30 Club years. But HoJo fell from grace and all-star years, faster than anyone could have ever imagined, 


Within a couple of years of being an all-star, being among league leaders in HRs and RBIs, and SBs, he was totally washed up and finished. it was sad to see how quickly things fell off the cliff for him! (of course Barry Bonds went to the dark side of the force and stayed relevant and among the leaders for another decade or so, before he was caught!)


Unfortunately, the rapid descent of David Wright from the top, is somewhat very similar to that of HoJo's! Of course DW has a lot more talent than HoJo, but HoJo had more heart than DW!


I just hope I am wrong about DW, and I don't think he would be worse next year, but I don't expect a sudden and dramatic improvement that could help carry the team either! He would be better than 2014, in 2015, but not by a lot! 


His numbers would most likely be exactly in the middle of what he did in 2013 and what he is doing this year, which is OK, but not for someone making that much money with a C on his Jersey, with a super large longterm contract attached to it!

lindro88
lindro88

David Wright deserves another season before people decide he's "done". He may not have another season where he finishes in the top 5 in MVP votes, but I also doubt he has lost every bit of talent he's shown over his career.

lindro88
lindro88

After the Mets won 3 of 4 from the Phillies, one of the bright lights that make up this comment section said "It feels like we play the Phillies all the time, I wish we'd play someone else already". That's a real post.

Bill Donahue
Bill Donahue

The Pacific Coast League declared their manager of the year. It's Wally Backman

metdrama
metdrama

Wright looks done to me, and he isnt bouncing back next year.  Its Jason Bay Part II.

Jimmy
Jimmy

The Mets have to let Wally manage next year. I'm sick and tired of people saying, "Terry deserves a chance with a competitive team." No he doesn't. Part of the reason the Mets weren't competitive this year was because of Terry.

Unless Sandy suddenly becomes a good GM this Offseason, the Mets won't be very competitive in 2015. They will be worse if Terry is still Managing.

Why not get Wally's feet wet next year, during maybe a .500 Season?

Then in 2016, when hopefully a new GM finds a way to get rid of Grandy's contract, Nimmo and Conforto come up, Herrera and the other young Mets are more seasoned, and by some miracle we actually get a real Shortstop- then Wally will lead the Mets to the Playoffs.

I don't see the Mets going anywhere with Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson.

surfer1
surfer1

Wilmer is doing ok,,,

Making hard contact...Put him in the 3 hole...

The hardest met to strikeout....

Chris Young was a bargain.

He hit .205 with 8 homers at a salary of just over $7 million.

Curtis is hitting .215 with 15 homers in many more at bats. His salary is double the Young amount.

josef
josef

How sad and pathetic it is to watch DW and Grandy have lower slugging percentage than Campbell and Travis D, with 5 weeks left in the season! DW and Grandy make nearly 40 million a year, while the other 2 make less than 1 million!!!

Flocaveli
Flocaveli

Bartolo will solidify his trade value after tomorrow's start

victor_zam
victor_zam

Mets sucks but phillies are horrendous. How do you drop a easy flyball? Anyway win is a win. TC Thinks we're still in the hunt.

hubie_wc
hubie_wc

Herrera's got some pop. My first impression of Flores last year was that he had a weak slappy swing. Still looks the same. Not so with Herrera. The kid can hit.

shawnp6986
shawnp6986

*9th,he'll have a great night tonight I suspect and be fine overall.

shawnp6986
shawnp6986

Unfortunately, I totally agree with you.These guys

"say" they hate losing,but look pretty content after a loss.Too many guys with nice personality's,the Mets org seems to like these type of nice guys as maybe they won't make any extra headaches for them in the media.

You're right though,for example look at a guy like Mello on the Knicks,you can tell he absolutely hates losing at all costs and he makes a ton of money,so why should he care?Cause he's an competitor, he doesn't accept losing,he literally carries that team on his back most nights.We need guys like that,fierce competitors who won't accept losing.Unfortunately, it starts at the top,and at the top here,with the Mets org there is no accountability.Losing is accepted here,that is the problem,the loser mentality,"that'll be great if we can get to .500", honestly that is pathetic way of thinking and thus the loser mentality that surrounds this org.

And yes,I am aware that the talent is not fully their yet,but you don't have to be a Michael Jordan to play with a chip on you're shoulder,to beyond pissed at losing every night,and to make it known that this unacceptable. Like someone said here recently,"the captain (DW) is great for kissing baby's and driving women crazy"but why doesn't he step up and show some fire,give these guys and himself an good ole kick in the pants and explain to them that losing is no longer an option.

Just my 2 cents,but I get sick of these guys taking a loss with a smile and just "saying" they hate losing,rather then showing how much they hate losing.When was the last time a Met threw a water cooler across the friggin dugout......

Brian Kalinka
Brian Kalinka

@josef Hard to blame guys for "taking half our payroll" when you dont pay anybody else. 

josef
josef

@Brian Kalinka

den Dekkar and Neu are marginal MLB players at best, and in the best case scenario they could be a 5th outfielder on a good team. The problem is that our entire outfield, both starting and the bench, are a bunch of 4th and 5th outfielders, including Grandy, excluding Lagares!


Lagares is the only one out of our 5 or 6 outfielders who is a definite MLB starter!

josef
josef

@Mark Kunzmann

We are all hoping you are right! or are we??

If he has a major injury, which is unlikely, then we are in trouble, because a major injury when you are on the wrong side of 30, will definitely make you a lesser player going forward.

If it is a minor injury, which is most likely the case, the major drop off as a result of it, is cause for major concern from a leadership, toughness, and mental aspects of the game, standpoints. It would mean you are soft, and have let a minor injury or ailment derail an entire season!

In either scenario, we are the losers in all of this! it is a lose-lose situation, no matter how you look at it!

josef
josef

@kcas44 Wright is the most glorified singles hitter in MLB at the moment!

Mike August
Mike August

Thank you for this post I agree 100%

zoddie
zoddie

@lindro88  Considering he was a dominant player as recently as 2012 and 2013, I'd agree with you.  It doesn't matter, really.  He isn't going anywhere (nor should he).

lindro88
lindro88

Wally's got 2 of those now. It's not his on the field ability that stops him from getting a job. Don't forget that every other team can have Wally manage as well. He hasn't gotten an interview in years. Obviously he has a reputation around baseball that is getting in the way.

lindro88
lindro88

Probably the dumbest comment ever made on this site. Considering some of the comments that I've seen over the years that is quite an accomplishment. Jason Bay part ll. lol.

lindro88
lindro88

Unless Fred Wilpon decides he wants Wally Backman managing, it's not happening while Alderson is here.

Flocaveli
Flocaveli

U just mind blown me damn. That's what you call sitting comfortably on sitting on 40 million versus someone who's fighting for his job the next few seasons #facts

surfer1
surfer1

@hubie_wc 

Wilmer is much more advanced at this point than Herrera...Wilmer has a much better eye also...

josef
josef

@shawnp6986

Well said Shawn! I am with you 100%! There is no passion, no emotion, and no leadership on this team! It starts with Alderson, to Collins, to Wright, and to the rest of the team as osmosis!:)

Nobody seems to care enough about winning, and winning by all means necessary, doesn't mean it has to be done through the use of PEDs! Some love and yearning for the winning, some sense of responsibility, and challenging the status quo (which is losing for this team) is desperately needed, and the current cast of characters associated with the Mets lack this badly!


josef
josef

@Brian Kalinka @josef

Sadly, you are right! But when the season started, almost anyone, including our horrible manager, was counting on Wright and Grandy to be cornerstones of our offense; the 2 guys you can rely on most and almost take their bats for granted in the process. Unfortunately, Travis D, Lagares, and Duda have become more reliable than Wright and Grandy, despite themselves being young and a work in progress!

While Duda, Travis D, and Lagares offer decent upside potential, you need at least 2 or 3 guys on your team with consistent and reliable bats. Otherwise you would not be challenging for a division title or the playoffs, no matter how great your pitching is!

We have zero veteran leadership on the team, and no experienced players with reliable bats that are pretty much consistent throughout the season. Wright has been off all season and is getting worse by the month, and Grandy had a terrible month and a half to start the season, followed by a great 2 months, followed by atrociousness since end of July till today!

This will not do it for the Mets!


shawnp6986
shawnp6986

And he (Lagares)I would hope,will win his first gold glove award for this season.The kid literally makes a highlight reel catch every night ,saving a ton of runs for this team throughout the season.

Hands down,Gold glove award winner.

josef
josef

@Jeff Lubatkin @josef

I said he has less heart than HoJo. I never said he has no heart! To have more heart, you need to take losing personally! You need to lead by example, you need to deliver when no one else on your team does. You need to get into your teammates' faces and challenge them, and you need to come through when your team needs you most! You need to be tough, strong, and super clutch, in key moments of the games and the seasons!! David Wright doesn't have that!

Someone like Kobe Bryant has plenty of that, despite his other flaws. That is the difference!

lindro88
lindro88

All I want is to watch a winning team. If Wright can be a solid contributor to a good team, I'm not concerned what his exact numbers are. That $ is spent already. They paid him what he could have gotten elsewhere at that time.

metdrama
metdrama

@lindro88  Oh really? Have you seen his anemic stats since the break?  They are Bay like.  Fools like you just cant come to grips with it can you, so sad.

zoddie
zoddie

@pointguard @josef David Wright is retiring as a Met.  He'll own almost every Mets offensive record by then.

hashburry
hashburry

Your scouting assessment is garbage.

lindro88
lindro88

Not true. Wright was among the top 5 players in the league in WAR a couple of years ago. 2008 is the last time the Mets had a decent season.

hubie_wc
hubie_wc

Yes. Because Flores has been so good. Still can't get his average above.220.