Written by Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)
New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Series Recap; May 29th – June 2nd
Game 1: Mets 4 Phillies 1
Game 2: Mets 5 Phillies 6 (14 Innings)
Game 3: Mets 5 Phillies 4 (14 Innings)
Game 4: Mets 4 Phillies 3 (11 Innings)
Game 5: Mets 11 Phillies 2
It was an extended series in more ways than one, as the Mets and Phillies played a rare five-game series because of a makeup game on Monday night. To exasperate things, the two teams played in marathon games on back-to-back days, with another extra inning game in a third consecutive game in the fourth of the series. Even through all the adversity, the Mets were able to game four of the five games, giving them an outstanding start to their 11 game road trip to end their 20 games in 20 days stretch.
With that sort of length in games, each the Mets and Phillies have bullpens that were taxed. For the Mets, they were able to get gutsy performances from a number of people. Carlos Torres needs to be applauded for the efforts he gave.
Torres tossed 2.2 scoreless innings in the first 14-inning affair, needing 35 pitches to do so. Normally he would not be available for a couple of days, but Torres was back out there the next day when the Mets needed him again, tossing a scoreless 14th inning to pick up his second save of the season. He did not rest for long, as he did not appear in the fourth game of the series but pitched another inning Monday night.
Vic Black was also very impressive for the Mets, as he continues to carve out a role in the bullpen after performing poorly in spring training. He appeared in the second game of the series, collecting his first hold of the season but was able to get back on the bump the next day and give the Mets another two innings of work.
Exhausting options early and often in the series, the Mets needed to make roster moves to make it through the end of the series. On two consecutive days the Mets called up journeymen who haven’t appeared in an MLB game in over a season; two consecutive games the Mets got stellar performances.
First up was Buddy Carlyle. Carlyle hasn’t pitched in the majors since a cup of coffee with the New York Yankees in 2011. With not many options left, the Mets called him up for the Saturday game after having a 14-inning game Friday. Well it was another 14-inning affair, and Carlyle was definitely needed. He responded in as well a way as he could, getting the win by tossing three scoreless innings.
For Monday night’s game, it was Dana Eveland’s turn to be called up from the minors. Eveland spent last season pitching in South Korea, but made the Mets his eighth MLB team this offseason. Monday was forced into a high pressure situation because Scott Rice and Josh Edgin were unavailable to pitch. All he did was shut the door on arguably the Phillies’ two best hitters. Inheriting two runners of Bartolo Colon’s in the seventh inning, Eveland got Chase Utley to fly out and followed that up with a strikeout of Ryan Howard.
The Mets bullpen stole the show this series against the Mets. They are as responsible as anything else for the Mets winning four of these five games against the Phillies. The Mets will continue their road trip in Chicago against the Cubs Tuesday night as Zack Wheeler (2-5, 4.31) will take on Jake Arrieta (1-1, 3.20 ERA).