The New York Mets are having a dream season so far, to the point they're making other teams play like the Mets.
Previously, there was nothing more Mets than blowing a large lead in painful and embarrassing fashion. A large lead, like the Philadelphia Phillies had on Thursday, when they were up 7-1 against the Mets going into the ninth inning.
Aaron Nola had allowed only one run in seven innings. Bryce Harper and Nick Castellanos both hit homers, with Harper also chipping in an RBI double. The game was far gone enough the Phillies brought in James Norwood to close it out.
And then, well, the Phillies had an inning to forget.
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Norwood opened the inning by allowing four hits in five batters. The lone out was an Eduardo Escobar lineout that had an xBA of .750 (basically, a 75 percent chance of becoming a hit). At that point, up 7-3 but perhaps detecting the scent of oncoming doom, Phillies manager Joe Girardi called in closer Corey Knebel, who entered the game with a 0.87 ERA. He would exit the game with a 3.27 ERA.
The Mets tied the game on a two-out RBI single from Brandon Nimmo, then took an 8-7 lead on a double from Starling Marte. The onslaught finally ended on a groundout by Francisco Lindor, who had homered in the same inning.
Here's a video of the whole catastrophe playing out:
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The Phillies went down in order in the bottom of the ninth inning to end the game, but not the mockery. Keep in mind, the Mets had already no-hit the Phillies this season. This loss might have been more humiliating.
If you weren’t watching the 9th inning of Mets-Phillies, here’s a recap: pic.twitter.com/JUU80Teiw7
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I wish I were as good at anything as the Phillies are at assembling hilarious bullpens.
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As you can imagine, a lot of fun numbers came out of this game. The Mets had lost 330 straight games when entering the ninth inning down six runs, with only two other wins to speak of. Willie Mays was involved in one of them. The Phillies had lost only one game in that position since 1937.
This is the kind of game where ye olde win probability graphic tells the whole story, though.
The win improved the Mets' record to 19-9, good for first place in the NL East by a margin of five games. The fourth-place Phillies were knocked down to 11-5.