The Phillies (11-19) led by Cole Hamels out dueled Matt Harvey and the Mets (18-11) by a score of 3-1. This game was a hard one to watch.
The Mets offense is just a mess right now. Duda, who has been the most consistent Mets hitter got a day off (which after a week of two off days made no sense to me) and Lagares has been in a mini slump, now stuck in an 0-13 skid at the plate. With Wright and d’Arnaud still out with injuries and Murphy, Granderson and Cuddyer all hovering around the Mendoza Line, this team is in trouble if someone or a few someones don’t heat up and in a hurry.
Harvey day was not quite so happy today. Harvey, now 5-1 on the season, battled through 6 innings, surrendering 6 hits, a home run to Howard and three runs in total to the NL East cellar dwelling Phillies. Harvey walked one and struck out four. Whether it was the extra days of rest between starts or his inability to control his fastball and throw his slider tonight, Harvey looked like he was laboring through this outing and just hoping for the best on every pitch. The amazing part is, despite his struggles, he still throws 95-97 with ease and just based on his stuff can get by, even on off games.
The Mets offense is still MIA. Us fans may have to pool our money together (not waste it on a stupid billboard telling the owners to sell the team) and get an ad on the back of milk cartons incase anyone finds our bats. It would be great if they could show up at some point and support the lights out pitching that this team has been receiving. As I keep saying, if we could just score 3-4 runs a game we would be golden, but most nights its a struggle just to put one run on the board.
Cole Hamels (2-3) found the fountain of youth. Hamels came into this start looking like someone wanting to get out of Philadelphia like yesterday. His ERA was over 4.00 and he did not resemble the Hamels of old. Leave it to the Mets and their lack of offense to make him look like the lights out ace of yesteryear. Hamels dominated the Mets for 7 innings, allowing just 4 hits, 1 earned run and struck out 8.