PHILADELPHIA - Following a recent start, Rick Porcello made an observation about the Mets.
They had been beating themselves.
While it stung, Porcello said it also represented some hope for brighter days ahead. In other words: The Mets were not losing because they were overmatched or outclassed. If they could clean up a few mistakes, they would win more often.
It's a reasonable thought.
The issue is that the Mets are still killing themselves. We have not seen them string together multiple days of quality baseball.
The Mets (21-27) lost to the Phillies, 4-1, at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, dropping the opener of a crucial series for two clubs fighting for postseason spots. The Mets trail the Phillies in the stands, and dug themselves a deeper hole with this loss.
Let's go through the situations in which the Mets beat themselves.
With two outs, Alec Bohm smoked a grounder to third base. J.D. Davis, going to his left, dropped his glove down - only for the ball to hit the glove and the glove to fly into the air. Davis quickly turned, found the ball in mid-air and barehanded it before chucking it to first.
Bohm was safe (Davis was not charged with an error).