The Mets have hit 46 home runs in their last 21 games at Citizens Bank Park.
Scoring 37 runs in their first seven games, the Phillies rank second league wide. The Mets have returned almost the same lineup as 2016.
The loss was especially hard to swallow considering the circumstances which produced the go-ahead runs for NY. "He was hitting them out like a driving range", Collins said. "Certain guys have a higher swing percentage in certain counts". A lack of run support isn't anything new for Eickhoff, who has gotten either one or zero runs from the offense in 18 of his 42 career starts. Three Phillies pitchers combined for eight strikeouts.
Outside of Bruce, the Mets didn't hit much. They have won 28 of 40 games against the Phillies since the start of the 2015 season and when this one was over, manager Pete Mackanin was succinct.
Again, the Mets are just a week or so into the new year, but the results so far can not be ignored, especially by manager Terry Collins. "He's just too good of a player to struggle". Buchholz wasn't great in 2016, when he posted a 4.78 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP, so this wasn't a promising debut for a pitcher looking for a bounce-back season. Buchholz spent his first 10 seasons playing in Boston before being traded to the Philadelphia during the offseason.
The ominous sight of Harvey leaving the mound escorted by trainer Ray Ramirez came after the right-hander had allowed two earned runs on five hits over 5 ²/₃ innings for his second straight solid outing since returning from surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. "It wasn't just fun for me, it was really great to see the whole team getting hits out there and having fun", Cespedes said through a translator. Aaron Nola was the other to do so. "I think I was seeing the ball well". It could have gone a lot better.
NY (4-3) won the opener in this set last night, 4-3.
Cespedes connected for a three-run homer in the first inning off Buchholz, who departed in the third inning with right forearm strain - and launched solo shots of Morgan in the fourth and fifth.
It's become clear that Michael Conforto needs to be in the New York Mets' OF, but Curtis Granderson has to be the one to go, not Jay Bruce.
Golf enthusiast Yoenis Cespedes has the great fortune of playing against Phillies pitching this week and he made the most of it tonight.
RHP Jeanmar Gomez was demoted as the Phillies' closer before Monday's game. He had to face a loaded lineup that was still a little fired up after Phillies reliever Edubray Ramos threw at Cabrera's head on Monday night. In 2013, he saved 24 games and posted a 2.01 ERA for the Detroit Tigers.