3 Up, 3 Down: Phillies Beat Up The Injured Mets

3 UP

1. Gsellman Shows Off His 2016 Form

The Marlins absolutely crushed Robert Gsellman in his first two starts of the year. In one start, he limped through five. In that other, he couldn’t get out of the fifth. After that, he had a 5.91 ERA and opposing batters were hitting .270/.340/.512 off him.

Well, the Phillies were sights for sore eyes. Gsellman was 2-1 against them with a 2.37 ERA. On Wednesday, he limited the Phillirs to three runs over seven while striking out seven. With a little luck and some bullpen help, it would’ve been just two runs. Regardless, he became the first Mets starter to pitch into the eighth, and he looked good doing it.

2. Bruce Is Loose

The Mets can thank Jay Bruce for the one game they won in this brutal series. He joined Todd Zeile and Carlos Beltran as the only Mets to collect all five of the team’s RBIs in a game.

In the series, he was 4-10 with three runs, a double, two homers, and six RBI. He also played a representative first base.

3. Montero Is Gone

Due to Jeurys Familia being activated and the rash of injuries, the Mets had to demote two pitchers. Thankfully, one of them was Rafael Montero. Hopefully, he will not be called-up again.

3 DOWN

1. Not Even Hawkeye Could Fix This Team

Lucas Duda went down with a hyper-extended elbow. Travis d’Arnaud got his annual April injury suffering a wrist contusion when his follow through hit a Phillie bat. Wilmer Flores went to the hospital with an infection in his left knee. Matt Reynolds couldn’t be recalled to provide depth as he suffered a hamstring injury in Triple-A.

Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse, Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday’s game with a hamstring injury. His leg was heavily wrapped leaving the ballpark and an MRI scheduled for tomorrow, we’re all lead to believe a DL stint is imminent.

Oh, by the way Seth Lugo and Steven Matz are on the disabled list, and David Wright was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

2. Not A Grandy Start To The Season

Over his career and his time with the Mets, Curtis Granderson has been a slow starter. He’s taken that to a new level this year. He’s now hitting .143/.197/.214. With Cespedes’ injury, he’s going to have to snap out of this funk earlier than usual.

3. Salas Slumping

When the Mets obtained Fernando Salas last year, he appeared in 17 out of 29 games, which is a 95 game pace, which is notable with his 75 appearances last season being a career high.

He’s going to blow that out of the water. He’s appeared in 10 of the Mets first 16 games, which is a 101 game pace. He’s showing the effects of the pace. He’s allowed three homers and five earned over his last three appearances. He’s been lifted in three straight appearances due to ineffectiveness.

He’s working at a pace he’s unaccustomed, and he’s struggling. He needs a break.

It was an ugly series loss to the Phillies, who are not a good baseball team. Playing this poorly and being this injured is not the position you want to be in when you play your first series against the Washington Nationals.

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