“I think they’re kind of ahead of schedule, kind of like the Yankees were last year,” Callaway said of both the Phillies and the Atlanta Braves, who entered the day trailing Philadelphia by one game, “and they have some young players that are going out there and playing the game carefree.”
Later, speaking specifically about the Phillies, Callaway added, “I think that the thing to be learned is, if you take the right approach, anything can happen. Your timeline can be sped up, but you can’t force your timeline to be sped up.
“I think their expectations coming into the year were, ‘You know what? We’re going to put a young team out there, we’re going to progress and, you know, if we win, we win, but if we don’t, we don’t, but we’re headed in the right direction.’”
At the moment, the Mets seem to be headed anywhere but in the proper direction.
One member of the Phillies’ youth movement that Callaway was referencing, Vince Velasquez, was acquired after the 2015 season in a package from the Houston Astros for reliever Ken Giles — who happened to get demoted to the minors Wednesday. Velasquez threw six shutout innings and held the Mets to two hits.
Another pitiable offensive performance illustrated again just how many holes exist on the Mets’ current roster outside of their ace pitcher, making deGrom’s future less than certain in Citi Field.
“I don’t have that many wins, but I’m just trying to keep the team in the ballgame,” deGrom said. “Nobody’s excited with how our first half went. We definitely wanted to be in a better situation going into the All-Star break and after the All-Star break, but that’s not what happened.”
Indeed, since May, the Mets have scored more than three runs for deGrom only twice in 13 starts. Their lineup is so depleted that Dominic Smith, who entered the game hitting .197, batted cleanup. He finished 0 for 4.
After throwing a successful bullpen session Wednesday, Noah Syndergaard is slated to start Friday’s game against the Washington Nationals, Mets Manager Mickey Callaway announced. … The Mets released pitcher Marcos Molina to make room for Matt den Dekker on the 40-man roster. Den Dekker started in center field and went 0 for 4.