PHILADELPHIA – Zack Wheeler, Marcus Stroman and Noah Syndergaard are three names that probably would have looked better than Rick Porcello pitching for the dire-straits Mets on Tuesday.
For various reasons, the aforementioned trio was unavailable, starting with the fact the Mets didn’t re-sign Wheeler last offseason, letting him defect to the Phillies. Syndergaard’s season ended before it ever got started because of Tommy John surgery and Stroman last month opted out on 2020.
The nicest thing that could be said of Porcello – and probably also of his season – is he wasn’t a complete disaster. With a blah performance from the right-hander when more was needed, the Mets lost their third straight 4-1 to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
While the Mets have top guns Jacob deGrom and Seth Lugo to pitch the next two days, the three-game sweep they needed against another National League postseason contender won’t happen. The Mets (21-27) began the day two games behind the Giants for the NL’s second wild-card spot, but have competition from the Reds, Brewers and Rockies, who are all ahead of them.
This one wasn’t all on Porcello, who allowed four earned runs…