Mets continue to falter in one-run games: 'Yet again, we came up short'

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In a painfully familiar storyline, the Mets fell just one run short on Friday night, dropping a much-needed game to Phillies by a score of 4-3.

For New York, it’s the team’s fourth straight loss, and seventh in its last nine games. Five of those seven losses have come by one run.

“We’re always right there,” Taijuan Walker said after throwing five innings and allowing two runs in the loss. “You want to win those one-run games. You want to win every game, but it’s always tough when you lose those one-run games. We’re still fighting, we’re still battling. We’ve been saying it all year, but it’s tough. We’re mad, we know the fans are mad. We want to win these games, but we’re still battling, going out there every day and trying to win games.”

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The stretch of frustration in one-run games stretches back even further. Of the last 17 one-run games that the Mets have played in, they have lost 15 of them.

“Yet again, we came up short,” Brandon Nimmo said. “It’s another one-run ballgame. Those really just come down to one or two plays of execution…I don’t know how many one-run games we’ve had this season, but it feels like a lot. Those just come down to the little things.”

Nimmo just made his return from the IL on Friday, and was welcomed back with a familiar sight in the form of a close loss against a team also fighting for a playoff spot. With the Mets 5.5 games back of the division lead and six back of the Wild Card, those one-run losses can be seen as a big difference between a march to October and a drastic decline in playoff odds. New York is now 28-32 in one-run games this year, and more than half of those losses have come in the last 17 one-run games.

“They all come in different shapes, but all tough losses of course,” Luis Rojas said. “We keep battling…we were really close to flipping the score tonight, and that didn’t happen, but we’ll have another chance [Saturday].”