Saturday, September 15, 2007

Unhappy Recap: Philles 3 Mets 2

The Phillies mastery over the Mets continues as the Mets bullpen continues to suck against them.

This time it was Aaron Heilman who blew the game, and for the second time this year it was his poor defense that did him in. With the game tied 2-2 Heilman came in for the 10th inning and allowed a leadoff single. The next batter tried to sacrifice. He should have been out when he popped up a bunt in foul territory but DiFelice dropped it (I think it hit him in the face) and he was charged with an error for prolonging the at bat. Then the bunt was fielded by Heilman who turned and fired to get the lead runner and threw the ball right into centerfield. The Phillies sacrificed again and with 2nd and 3rd and one out Dobbs hit the game winning sac fly.

Heilman has been in 71 games (probably too many) and he's lost 7 of them. That means he's lost 10% of his appearances. I know he also has 7 wins, but a few of those he vultured, he earned all his losses.

But it never should have gotten that far because the Mets should have won the game in the bottom of the 8th. Milledge was hit by a pitch but forced at second on a bad bunt by Gomez. Gomez made up for it by stealing second, and he went to third on an infield hit by Reyes. Then Castillo struck out and after Wright was hit by a pitch, Beltran struck out.

Beltran is batting .196 with runners in scoring position and 2 outs.
Alou is batting .100 with runners in scoring position and 2 outs.
Delgado is batting .173 with runners in scoring position and 2 outs.
LoDuca is batting .170 with runners in scoring position and 2 outs.
Wright is batting .213 with runners in scoring position and 2 outs.

That's the number one reason the Mets aren't better this season. They do not consistently get the big 2 out hit.

Another good pitching performance by Tom Glavine was wasted. He allowed a 2 run homer to Chase Utley but nothing else. It was the first homer he had allowed in 57 innings.

The Mets absolutely have to have one of the next two games against the Phillies. They have now lost 6 straight to the Phillies and scored exactly 2 runs in 4 of the last 5.

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