Phillies’ marathon against Mets finally ends

The Phillies have played badly at home and embark on a road trip Tuesday, beginning in Washington against the Nationals. Credit: Getty Images
The Phillies have played badly at home and embark on a road trip Tuesday, beginning in Washington against the Nationals. Credit: Getty Images

The Phillies and Mets have played 57 innings against one another in the last five days.

The five-game series from hell, a stretch that saw the Phillies fall to their hated rivals four times in five games in front of their home crowd — including an 11-2 drubbing to wrap up the set Monday — has come to an end after wrecking havoc on the Phillies’ bullpen and bench.

The three-games this past weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), combined to last 39 innings and was the first consecutive stretch of three games lasting 11 or more innings each between two teams since the Mariners and Blue Jays in 1991.

As is true of any extra inning game, the Phillies had golden opportunities to win both on Saturday, a 14-inning defeat, and Sunday, an 11-inning setback. But they were unable to put down a key bunt, move over a key runner or most importantly, drive in a runner from scoring position. And a four-pack of losses was their irreversible consequence.

“That’s a frustrating part of it,” Ryne Sandberg said. “Close games, extra-inning games, often times you can look back at a play here or there just to get the job done. That’s frustrating.”

The 11-game homestand started with the Dodgers and saw the Phillies get no hit by Josh Beckett. Though the Phils were able to take two of three against the Rockies in the middle of the stand, they posted a lackluster 4-7 mark and are left licking their wounds.

The Phillies will be shown no mercy from the baseball gods anytime soon, as they are in the middle of playing 41 games in 41 days.

Yes, they have a day of rest on June 9, but a double-header on June 28 against the Braves gives them one of the more ruthless stretches of games in recent history.

In fact, the Phillies have 54 games in 55 days leading up to the All Star break in July with off days on the ninth and June 30 — and that’s it.

Though the bullpen, once the Phillies’ biggest weakness has sharpened and become more reliable of late, the amount of work they have endured lately doesn’t appear to bode well as Philly heads to Washington to start a three-game set Tuesday.

The opportunity to play away from home might serve the team well, however, as the Phillies sport the second worst home winning percentage in all of baseball.


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