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Rise and Phight: 5/3/2021

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Reaped and sowed

New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies
Rhys Hoskins engaging in the debate phase of last night’s game
Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

The Phillies planted the seeds of their own demise last night. Inning after inning the defense gave the Mets extra opportunities. Sometimes the plays were routine gaffes (like Bohm’s on the slow grounder) and sometimes they were plays winning teams make (like Hoskins on the line drive) and sometimes they were completely forgetting the game state (like Hoskins flipping the ball to Maton). When a team strews this many gratis runners, plate appearances, and bases, it will uproot their best pitching from the game earlier than necessary and eventually harvest many runs against. Perhaps the Phillies should let that field lie fallow and demand a new strain of seeds from their agricultural corporate overlords.

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Now let’s all remember that the season is still early and the bizarre things like the Mariners being over .500 won’t last.