By Mike Steffanos
Phillies 3 - Mets 0
I think tonight's game was the culmination of something we've been seeing for a while. I thought that Xavier Nady brought a lot to the bottom of the batting order, and they would miss him. What's happening now, however, goes way beyond the loss of one guy, and speaks more to the approach of this team. They've been living and dying with home runs for a while, and seemingly have the lost the small-ball skills to scratch and claw for some runs when things aren't going all their way. As a result, I find them almost unwatchable over the past week.
The one positive from this game was Glavine's performance. He was good tonight, and was doing a good job of getting ahead of hitters. After throwing 120+ pitches last time out, he gave the club another 114 today, and seven key innings to save the beleaguered bullpen.
Other than Glavine, and Chad Bradford who contributed a perfect inning, no Met covered himself in any glory tonight. You can single out one or another Met to place the blame on if it makes you feel better. To me, this was an ugly all-around team effort. They need to get back to the style of play that made them a fun watch early in the year.
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