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Pain: Mets 4, Phillies 3

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Is there anything worse than a Mets walkoff?

Washington Nationals v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

In a game where the Phillies scored just the fifth and sixth runs given up by Jacob deGrom this season, the true stars of the show, as per usual, were the members of the Phillies’ bullpen.

I have been trying to look on the more positive side of things lately. As a Philly sports fan, it hasn’t really been going well. But let’s look at the positives here anyway:

  1. Zach Eflin had a really good start. (6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K)
  2. The Phillies have scored 33% of the runs deGrom has given up this season.
  3. Nick Maton had 2 RBIs. You go, Nick!
  4. The Phillies successfully stole 3 bases in this game (McCutchen, Harper, and Williams).

These positives don’t outweigh the frustrations, though. The entire Phillies lineup combined for just four hits (Herrera, McCutchen, Maton, and Torreyes). The trio of Hoskins, Harper and Realmuto collectively went 0-for-9 with one walk.

However, it doesn’t matter how many runs the offense scores if the bullpen is just going to give them all back and then some in the ninth. It’s not a surprise this one fell away, considering the Phillies have given up seven leads over the past four games, and have blown 19 saves over the course of this season. The true frustration is that this was a major issue that the Phillies knew about after last year. They supposedly “addressed” it over the winter, and yet here we are almost half way through the 2021 season and this bullpen looks just as bad. I’m not sure how the front office believes it’s going to win games with this blatant deficiency in the roster, but I’m starting to feel a little like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day.

At least Wheeler starts tomorrow...