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Mets erase 6-run deficit against Phillies but lose in 10th

The twists and turns of the Mets’ 9-8 loss to the Phillies on Monday mirrored those of their season. At times, the Mets seemed noncompetitive, as when they fell into an early six-run hole at Citi Field. In other moments, they appeared destined for the same type of animated celebrations that defined the second half of last summer.

In the end, the Mets managed to erase that six-run deficit against former teammate Zack Wheeler and a flammable Phillies bullpen, but they could not turn their resiliency into a win. They instead fell back to four games under .500 (19-23), splitting a four-game series with the Phillies that they could have used to vault up the National League standings.

Here’s a look at the three plays that changed the game and the series, for better and for worse.

Top of the first: Jean Segura hits a three-run double
Win expectancy before the play: 40.0 percent
Win expectancy after the play: 21.0 percent
Net: -19.0 percent

In the 10 days following David Peterson’s return from the injured list, the Mets plugged him into their rotation, shifted him to the bullpen, then moved him back to the rotation. He remained on a five-day schedule throughout, so the role changes didn’t likely affect him much on Monday.