Mets 5, Phillies 2
Game 14 - Monday Night, April 18th in Philadelphia
Record - 6-8, 3rd place, 4 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: Jared Eickhoff held his own against Noah Syndergaard, but a lack of offense and a shaky bullpen led to the 5-2 Mets win.
What It Means: A few Tweets perfectly sum up the Phillies situation right now. From Todd Zolecki, Eickhoff is 1-4 with a 2.81 ERA in five career starts against the Mets. Phillies have given him four runs in those games. And from Matt Gelb, the Phillies have scored 36 runs in their first 14 games of the 2016 season. Only the 1913, 1942 and 1982 Phillies scored fewer.
What Happened: Eickhoff is 1-2 this season despite an impressive 1.89 ERA. He allowed two runs on five hits while striking out nine. The offense was 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position.
Featured Card: The 1982 Phillies were 3-11 after their first 14 games, and they'd finish the season with a record of 89-73. Of the regulars, Garry Maddox had the lowest average on that team through 14 games with .194. He'd turn it around though and finish the year hitting .284. (I love the 1982 Donruss set.)
Transaction: Prior to the game, struggling outfielder Cedric Hunter was optioned to Lehigh Valley and David Lough was recalled to take his place. In six games with the IronPigs, Lough was hitting .259 (15 for 58) with six RBIs. Hunter has just three hits this season (3 for 34 for an .088 average) and I hope he finds his swing again in Lehigh Valley.
Lough started in left field, almost made a spectacular diving catch, and went 1 for 4 at the plate. He stole second base in the second, tying him with Cesar Hernandez for the team lead in steals.
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