Mets Lay Down And Die, Take Pounding From Phillies 16-1

An article by posted on September 21, 2012

Tonight at Citi Field, the Mets (66-83) lost to the Phillies (76-74) by the score of 16-1 and were officially eliminated from post-season contention.

Just a pathetic game in every dimension for the Mets. Starting pitcher Jeremy Hefner didn’t even record an out before allowing seven earned runs, and the bullpen was awful!

The only offense was a solo shot by Baxter and a total of three hits off of a nobody pitcher. It was simply an embarrassing game to watch and it was very clear they quit halfway through that 8-run first inning.

The Mets have lost 11 of their last 12, they’ve lost nine straight home games and 24 of 28 at home since the All-Star Break.

This game was just sickening to watch, not just because of the lopsided score, but the complete and utter lack of effort. It seems like once an opposing team takes the lead, this club packs it in. Terry Collins has lost this club, and it was very much exemplified when he said “ask them” when responding to whether they quit on him.

All the good vibes from this first half are long gone.

We went from the scrappy, never say die Mets to these lethargic “who gives a crap?” not-so-Amazin’s.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t blame Collins. I don’t know if anyone could have motivated these guys. They need leadership from within, and whoever took those reins in the first half sure as hell aren’t doing it now.

So… how about those Giants/Jets?

Notes:

- Mike Baxter provided the only offense, Baxter hit a solo shot, his third of the year to avoid the shutout.

- Hefner became the 19th starting pitcher in franchise history to fail to record an out. Last time was John Maine in 2010 against Washington.

- Wright had a knock, now at .309 on the year and at 1,414 hits in his career and just four short of tying Ed Kranepool on the all-time Mets lead.

- Josh Edgin most likely had his last outing of the year, as was reported earlier today.

Up Next:

Jon Niese opens up a three game set with the Miami Marlins in a battle for last place in the NL East.

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Clayton Collier, a senior editor for MMO, is a Journalism major with a minor in Broadcasting at Seton Hall University. He is also a staff member at 89.5 WSOU, Seton Hall's modern active rock radio station. Following him on Twitter: @Clayton_Collier or E-maili him at MaybeNextYearMets@yahoo.com

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