The New York Mets (2-3) were defeated by the Philadelphia Phillies (2-4) by a score of 5-2 in the rubber match of the opening home series. The Mets wore their 1986 replica jerseys and just like the 1986 club, the Mets will open up their season with a record of 2-3.
Today, the Mets struggled to shut down what was supposed to be the door mat of the NL East as the they dropped their opening home series.
Matt Harvey started and allowed three runs on six hits over six innings of work. He struck out three batters and walked two. Harvey was cruising until the 6th inning. He had retired ten straight batters until a single by Cesar Hernandez to leadoff the inning and then boom – Odubel Herrera made him pay by blasting a two-run homer to right center field.
The Mets’ bullpen had mixed results today, but Jim Henderson continues to impress as he struck out the side in the 7th inning with mid-90s heat. Henderson has been a huge addition to this Mets team. Addison Reed and Logan Verrett each allowed a run in the 8th and the 9th innings.
Yoenis Cespedes busted out of his slump with a 2-4 day at the plate and 2 RBIs. In the bottom of the 6th, following a David Wright double, Cespedes worked an 11 pitch at-bat off Jeremy Hellickson to deposit a line drive home run to left center field to get the boo birds off his back.
David Wright also had a 2-4 day at the plate, but that would be all for the Mets.
The offense was completely held in check by Jeremy Hellickson and has struggled mightily in the opening week of the season.