The New York Mets were defeated by the Philadelphia Phillies 9-4 on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. Before the Mets could blink, the Phillies had a dominating 9-0 lead. Jonathon Niese turned in his worst outing of the season, allowing eight runs on ten hits and one walk through only four innings of work. The Mets offense came alive late in the game, but it was far too late to make considerable damage. The loss takes them to a putrid 60-68 record as they slip closer to last place in the NL East.

Niese is having a rough go as of late.

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My Reaction:

The Mets have officially lost all competitiveness against their division rivals. It shows in this series, as they have pitched terribly and have struggled to put together runs. Granted, the Phillies have a dominant pitching staff and one of the most potent lineups in the league; however, it doesn’t seem that spark the Mets/Phils used to have is there anymore. The Phillies hold the best record in the Major Leagues, while the Mets are flirting with last place in their division.

The good news? Lucas Duda continues to swing a hot bat, launching his seventh home run of the season in the top of the eighth inning. He has stepped in nicely as a replacement for both Carlos Beltran in right field and Daniel Murphy at first base. It looks like Duda will get the bulk of the remainder of the season in right field to showcase his talents and decide whether it is a good fit for him going forward. How crazy would it be if he finishes with the most home runs on the team in 2011? It is definitely possible at this rate.

Interesting Facts:

  • During their current five-game skid, the Mets have been outscored by their opponents 42-16.
  • Jason Bay is currently hitting .063 (2 for 34) during his latest slump at the dish.
  • Jonathon Niese has allowed ten hits in three of his last four starts.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets look to salvage the final game of the series against the Philadelphia Phillies in a Wednesday matinee. Game Time 1:05 PM on SNY.

NYM Mike Pelfrey (6-10) 4.61 ERA vs. PHI Kyle Kendrick (7-5) 3.24 ERA