PHILADELPHIA — Steven Splatz was more like it.
That was the sound Saturday of a certain Mets pitcher hitting the pavement like a watermelon heaved from the roof of a 32-story building, as the Phillies were putting the latest hurting on the beleaguered left-hander wearing No. 32.
If there was thought Steven Matz’s 8.20 ERA couldn’t get worse, think again. That number now stands at 9.00 after the Phillies pounced for five runs in the fifth inning against Matz in a 6-2 victory over the Mets at Citizens Bank Park.
The Mets (9-13) will try to avoid getting swept three games in this series when they face Zack Wheeler on Sunday in the right-hander’s first appearance against his former team since receiving a five-year contract worth $118 million from the Phillies last winter. Rick Porcello will be asked to stop the bleeding from this wounded rotation.
Aaron Nola frustrated the Mets, allowing just three hits over seven shutout innings. Tomas Nido singled leading off the third and the Mets didn’t get another hit against the right-hander.
Matz’s meltdown came a day after Walker Lockett was thrust into starting duty with ace Jacob deGrom sidelined…