PHILADELPHIA — The Mets hit a grand slam of sorts Sunday with poor offense, pitching, defense and base running.
Other than that, it was a strong performance for manager Luis Rojas’ beleaguered bunch.
Six weeks remain in the regular season, but the Mets already appear battered, tired and perhaps uninterested. Their latest stinker, a 6-2 loss at Citizens Bank Park that completed a three-game sweep for the Phillies, rated among their least inspired performances of the season.
Included were Andres Gimenez and Wilson Ramos running the Mets out of innings and seventh-inning errors by J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith that helped the Phillies pad their lead, after Rick Porcello became the latest Mets starting pitcher to get spanked in the middle innings. On Friday and Saturday, it was Walker Lockett and Steven Matz, respectively, who received fifth-inning beatdowns. Porcello’s turn came Sunday in the sixth, when Andrew McCutchen smashed a two-run homer that put the Phillies ahead to stay.
Zack Wheeler, in his first appearance against his former team, allowed two earned runs on six hits over seven innings with four strikeouts and one walk for the win.