Tonight’s “what could have been” series begins with two 2021 National League All-Stars, Zack Wheeler (Phillies) and Taijuan Walker (Mets).
What is the goal for each of these three games? Every team wants to stop adding more to their long list of “How did we lose that?” failures in 2021. They also want to claim the award “Hey! Maybe we can still salvage something!” It’s likely that it will be more about bragging rights than anything. There are only two and a half weeks remaining in the regular season.
They are currently 2 1/2 games behind the Reds for the second wildcard, while the Reds hold the ticket to October. The Phillies also have three games in hand in the NL East, just ahead of the Braves. Five and five-half backs, respectively, are the Mets. These might seem to be insurmountable losses, if they are offset by some losses from the teams behind them. The Cardinals have just risen 3 1/2 games to the top of the wild-card standings, surpassing both Reds and Padres in an eight game stretch. In 15 September contests, the Blue Jays won 4 1/2 games of the AL wildcard standings.
This piece of information is probably relevant: For the entire season, the Mets have three games below.500 — eleven under.500 in half-time — while the Phillies are just two games ahead for the year and only 6-8 for September. It’s quite a miracle that they are still included in the October conversation. For example, in 2015 the Diamondbacks were four games behind.500, one worse than the Mets, and finished thirteen games ahead of the division, and 18 out of the wildcard spot.
Despite all of the mediocrity in NL (after the great Giants, Brewers, and Dodgers), there is still opportunity. Fans of the Phillies and Mets don’t have much to believe that the Phillies or Phillies will be able to make it to the final. There is a lot of regret on both sides.
Both squads are filled with gut-punch defeats and unexplainable losses. It’s not possible to give a complete list. Who needs that negative energy? We’ll only give you a snapshot to get you started if you’re not paying attention.
Mets began in very Mets fashion. In April, Ace Jacob deGrom started five games, allowing only two earned runs, and compiling a 1.51 ERA. However, the Mets lost three of those five — THREE! Of those five games, the Mets lost three — THREE! The club led by 2-0 in the season opener when deGrom left, but lost 5-3. They were eliminated in the second and third games.
Tylor Megill pitched six complete innings in Pittsburgh on July 7. The Mets led 6-0 heading into the eighth. Five runs were scored by the Pirates in the eighth, and the team won on the ninth with a grand slam. The Cardinals, one of their wildcard contenders, will be their next series at home. After an emotionally charged series victory against the Yankees, punctuated with Francisco Lindor’s three homer game, the Mets lost three of their three remaining games to St. Louis.
The MLB’s worst 32 blown saves are the starting point. Even if the MLB average is 22 blown saves these 10 wins should have been-wins put them ahead of Atlanta in NL East. By the way, the Braves have 23 blown saves for the season.
Phillies fans still have questions about two series that were played in the second half. First, the first was played in Arizona on Aug. 17-19 against the Diamondbacks team with the worst record and worst ERA in the NL. However, the Phillies scored only six runs and were swept. A recent home series against the Rockies proved just as devastating. The Rockies have only 20-50 road wins this season. However, they won three out of four in Philadelphia. It was particularly difficult in the first game. The Phillies led 2-1 with two runs remaining in the ninth. Closer Ian Kennedy outscored Ryan McMahon (0-2).
McMahon walked off with a homer to bring the Rockies to within 3-2. Sam Hilliard then followed up with a single homer to give Colorado an advantage of two runs in a game that they won 4-3.
There is a lot of regret in New York City and Philadelphia.
To have any chance of reaching October, the Mets must sweep the Phillies. With their top starters and Bryce Harper as MVP, the Phillies should be at least in contention as long as they don’t get swept. Let’s wait and see.
Publited Fri, 17 September 2021 at 14:41.06 +0000