Paul Sewald surrendered a pinch-hit, three-run homer to Nick Williams in the sixth as the Mets dropped a 4-2 decision to the Phillies on Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.
Things you should know about today's game...
1) Jacob DeGrom's return from the disabled list lasted all of one inning and 45 pitches. The right-hander walked the first three batters he faced before getting a strikeout, a fielder's choice ground out and another punchout to escape unscathed. The Phillies fouled off 20 pitches against deGrom, who was making his first start since leaving with a hyperextended right elbow on May 2.
2) Yoenis Cespedes gave the Mets a 1-0 lead with his eighth home run of the season. Asdrubal Cabrera missed a game-tying blast in the seventh by several feet and settled for an RBI double to cut the deficit to 3-2. Brandon Nimmo, Cabrera and Cespedes finished with two hits apiece for New York, which managed 11 overall. Nimmo also walked twice. The Mets finished 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
3) Robert Gsellman tossed three scoreless innings and Sewald (0-3) came within an out of tacking on two more before surrendering Williams' homer. Jeurys Familia allowed a solo shot to Carlos Santana in the eighth.
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Mickey Callaway will catch a majority of the heat for today's loss. He opened himself up to an easy second guess when he left a tiring Paul Sewald in to face Nick Williams despite having Jerry Blevins warmed and ready. Jacob deGrom also could take a slight hit, but coming off an 11-day absence, he gets the benefit of the doubt. This loss, like most lately, falls on the offense ... and it's getting extremely tiresome to watch, read and write about.
The Mets have a very serious issue that they need to figure out before this season goes completely off the rails. The "it's early mantra" will only hold water for so long as each passing day shows little reason to believe in a group of hitters that have done basically nothing for the last three weeks. On a trip to two of the league's more hitter-friendly ballparks, New York mustered 15 runs -- seven coming in one game. They have scored in five of their last 37 innings and are now hitting .233 as a team and .227 with runners in scoring position with 37 homers in 37 games. Their offensive inconsistency has bottomed out over this 2-9 stretch where they've scored two runs or fewer eight times while being shut out on three occasions.
Although this recent stretch is on the extreme side which lends credence to an uptick sooner than later, it's also not completely shocking since this is largely what we've seen from the Mets over the last three seasons. The difference is that New York was hitting home runs -- 200 or more in each of the last two seasons -- whereas this year, they aren't. This is the roster Sandy Alderson has built. It's dependent on home runs and features players that still deserve the benefit of the doubt considering the season is less than 40 games old.
Baseball is funny in that things can change on a dime. The Mets and their once dominant start can attest to that. But something needs to change soon, because New York is inspiring little-to-no confidence it can consistently produce enough runs to win with this current group.
Highlights from today's game...
News and notes...
The Mets have failed again to win consecutive games for the first time since April 11 and 13, the final two of their nine-game winning streak. They fell to 29-31 all-time on Mother's Day and dropped their first game to the Phillies in four tries this season.
New York has scored three runs or fewer 19 times in its first 36 games, including nine of its last 11 during which they've totaled 26 runs. They are 4-15 (.211) when scoring less than four runs in a game this season.
Cespedes has 11 homers, 25 RBIs and 20 runs scored in 20 career games at Citizens Bank Park.
Cabrera has a 12-game hitting streak against Philadelphia and is batting .390 (60-for-154) with 10 homers and 30 RBIs in 40 games against them since joining New York in 2016.
DeGrom extended his scoreless streak to 19 1/3, but saw his streak of 14 consecutive starts with at least five strikeouts end. He has not walked more than three batters in a game in a career-high 26 straight starts dating back to last June 12.
The Mets optioned Buddy Baumann to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room on the roster for deGrom.
The Mets (19-18) return home after an off-day Monday to begin a two-game Interleague series with the Blue Jays (21-20) on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. on SNY.
Noah Syndergaard (2-1, 3.09 ERA, 54 Ks, 1.20 WHIP) will make his first start in 10 days against the team that drafted him in 2010. The right-hander brings a five-start winless streak (0-1) into the outing despite a 2.64 ERA and 32 strikeouts over 30 2/3 innings in that span. Syndergaard surrendered one run and struck out a then-career-high 11 batters over six frames in his only career start against Toronto on June 15, 2015 at Citi Field.
Jaime Garcia (2-2, 5.40 ERA, 35 Ks, 1.57 WHIP) gets the call in the opener looking to snap a four-start winless streak of his own. The 31-year-old has a 6.75 ERA since his last win on April 17. He surrendered one earned run in five innings during his last start against the Mariners on May 9. Garcia went 0-2 with a 4.42 ERA in three starts against New York last year. The southpaw is 2-5 with a 3.18 ERA in 10 career appearances against the Mets.