Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola have been no sweat for the Mets this season, but when the Phillies start somebody named Bailey Falter, look out.
A rookie, Falter accomplished something Saturday in Game 2 of a doubleheader that neither Wheeler nor Nola have been able to do against the Mets this year: He beat them.
The Mets managed just two hits over six innings against the left-hander and three total in a 4-1 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
Earlier in the day, the Mets jumped on Wheeler and rolled to an 8-2 victory in the first game.
The Mets are 13-5 against the Phillies in 2022 and will finish the season series on Sunday. Most notably, the Mets are 9-0 in games the Phillies’ top guns, Wheeler and Nola, have started against them.
But the Mets managed just two singles against Falter, in his ninth major league start.
“His ball was getting on us,” Francisco Lindor said. “It seemed like his fastball had a little bit more on it than we expected. It had more ride on it. We didn’t make the adjustment quick enough.”