The New York Mets were defeated by the Philadelphia Phillies 8-4 on Friday night. The Mets had the lead for a split second, but a Ryan Howard home run began a rally that would lead to another tough loss for blue and orange. They now fall to 6-7 against the Phillies this season.

AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek

Initial Reaction:

Jenrry Mejia took the mound against Roy Halladay in the opener of a three-game set. Mejia did not have a good outing. He failed to dominant the opposition, and unfortunately has yet to do that as a starter. Even though he walked one batter, his strike-ball (47-35) ratio was terrible. He needs to consistently make hitters off-balance on balls (so that they swing and miss at them), and I have not seen that so far. Regardless of his performance, the kid is twenty years old and still adjusting to pitching in a starting role. Come Spring Training in 2011, there will be a better understanding of who Mejia is as a pitcher, and if he could handle a spot in the rotation.

Although Halladay had a rough third inning, he kept the Mets lineup off-balanced otherwise. Specifically, Ike Davis and Josh Thole handled Doc well, combining to go 5 for 7 against him. Carlos Beltran clubbed a two-run home run from the left side of the plate, which is definitely a positive for him. They couldn’t put together much offense on top of that.

Positives From The Game:

Carlos Beltran: Even though my hatred for him grows stronger as each day passes, Carlos Beltran put the Mets ahead 3-2 in the fourth inning on a two-run home run off Doc Halladay. He’s still batting .235 and faces hostility from most of his teammates.

Josh Thole: The rookie catcher has shown the ability to hit since his major league debut last September. Tonight he went 3 for 4, and the three base hits were against Roy Halladay. Despite the small sample, Josh Thole is batting over .300 and consistently puts the ball in play.

Negatives From The Game:

The Kid: Jenrry Mejia pitched four innings, allowing six runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out two. He looks lost on the mound but–with the recent news of Johan Santana–will have an opportunity to pitch into his comfort zone for the rest of the season. That should be his goal for 2010–or win a game.

Interesting Facts:

  • For the first time since returning from knee surgery, Carlos Beltran hit a home run batting left-handed.
  • Lucas Duda has one hit in twenty-six at bats (.038).
  • Ike Davis swiped his third bag.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets look to get revenge on their division rivals on Saturday evening at CitiField. Game Time 4:10 PM on FOX.

NYM Mike Pelfrey (13-9) 3.96 ERA vs. PHI Kyle Kendrick (9-8) 4.89 ERA