The New York Mets took a brutal 7-5 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night. The Mets had the game in their back pocket, until the bullpen showed up. With the loss, the Mets fall to a game under .500, and have dropped 15 of their last 21 games since the All-Star Break.

AP Photo/Tom Mihalek

Initial Reaction:

Jonathon Niese took the mound against Joe Blanton in the opener of a three-game series against the Phillies. Niese pitched very nicely after a poor performance in his last start. Even though he struggled with control early, he battled well and left the game with a lead. The bullpen came in and got rocked by the Phillies offense. It is pathetic to see Philadelphia’s “B-squad” successfully rallying against the Mets. Every night I think it can’t get worse with the Mets, and every night I’m wrong.

I’m at that point where I would rather watch the Brooklyn Cyclones instead of the New York Mets on SNY on a regular basis. Not kidding.

Positives From The Game:

Niese: Jonathon Niese bounced back with seven strong innings of work, yielding only one run on four hits and five walks. He struck out seven in an effort to beat the Phillies. The bullpen couldn’t get Jon his eighth win of the season. His ERA now sits at 3.63 for the year.

The Hess Truck: He’s back and he’s better than ever. Mike Hessman came into the game as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning against J.C. Romero and he crushed a three-run home run to give the Mets some hope. I think he needs to see some more playing time.

Frenchy: Jeff Francoeur looked like a changed man. He wasn’t swinging at bad pitches tonight. In fact, he manufactures three hits for the first time since June 27th. He also scored two runs. Maybe there’s another hot streak in him…

Negatives From The Game:

Parnell: After lowering his ERA to below 1.00 on July 28th, Bobby Parnell has allowed seven runs in only one inning in his last few relief outings. He couldn’t record a single out tonight, giving up four runs on four hits in the eighth inning.

Feliciano: Struggling for the majority of July posting a 5.23 ERA, Pedro Feliciano couldn’t stop Parnell’s mess, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk. He’s been a fixture in the Mets bullpen for years, and it’s a shame to see him falter.

Interesting Facts:

7: Runs allowed by Bobby Parnell in past three appearances

8: No decisions for Jonathon Niese

17: At-bats before David Wright got a hit.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets will try and get back to .500 against the hot Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday night. Game Time 7:05 PM on SNY.

NYM Johan Santana (8-6) 3.20 ERA vs. PHI Cole Hamels (7-7) 3.56 ERA