At least the Mets starting pitchers gave them consistency this weekend.
All three fell apart in the middle innings.
On Friday night, Jacob deGrom’s replacement, Walker Lockett, was tagged for three runs in the sixth inning. Steven Matz was hammered for five runs in the fifth a day later. And Rick Porcello couldn’t get through the sixth with a lead on Sunday to complete a dismal sweep that saw this team’s one-time strength be their undoing.
“Two pitches,” was Porcello’s lament after the Mets capped a lost weekend in Philadelphia with an ugly 6-2 defeat to fall five games under .500 at 9-14.
Porcello was referring to two regrettable pitches, which resulted in three runs, an 0-2 sinker to Alec Bohm and a first-pitch hanging slider to Andrew McCutchen, that derailed his afternoon.
For a while it looked Porcello was going to turn in his third straight quality outing and salvage the finale of this three-game series. He had limited the Phillies to one run across five solid frames, stranding five runners. But after retiring seven of the previous eight batters he faced entering the sixth, the free agent signee was battered. In the span of two…