I was wrong about these New York Mets. I thought they would never sniff the .500 mark at any point beyond April. Last Friday they defeated the Yankees and moved to the .500 mark for the first time this season. They then made my rather modest prediction come true by losing six of seven games. Tonight was vintage Mets.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28: Mets Manager Terry Collins visits Mike Pelfrey #34 of the New York Mets on the mound in the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on May 28, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.

Mike Pelfrey wondering who is going to blow his game.

Mike Pelfrey gave New York a tremendous opportunity to win, and the bullpen pissed it away. Pelfrey pitched 7.2 strong innings, striking out six batters, and walking only two. The tying run was his responsibility after he allowed a two-out single in the 8th.

Reliever Mike O’Conner has for the most part pitched well this season. Tonight he allowed Jimmy Rollins to steal second, and then give up an RBI single to Chase Utley to tie the game. Philly would add another two runs in the decisive 8th inning, and an insurance run in the 9th.

Offensively, the Mets continue to remain mostly inept. Outside of Jose Reyes, who was the only Met with more than one hit, New York managed only five hits. He stole two bases and was scored both of the Mets’ runs. He must be in a contract year or something.

Most nights, two runs is not going to be enough to win a ball game, but tonight it should have been. This loss is squarely on the bullpen for not finishing the gem that Pelfrey started.