Marcus Stroman was acquired by the Mets for big games down the stretch.
His New York toughness was supposed to be a plus at Citi Field.
The Mets are still waiting for any of that to happen. When they’ve needed him most, he has not delivered.
It simply could not have gone worse for Stroman and the Mets on Saturday night at Citi Field, as Stroman was battered by the Phillies over four innings and the Mets lost a critical game in their uphill battle to capture the second wild card, dropping a 5-0 decision to the Phillies.
Stroman surrendered a second-deck home run to the first batter of the night, Cesar Hernandez, and was in trouble throughout his short stint on the mound.
This was the fourth start at home for the Medford native, and he has yet to sparkle, as he dropped to 1-2 with the Mets with a 5.05 ERA, a thorn in the rotation.
The Phillies could have knocked him out much earlier but left the bases loaded in the first inning and two runners on in the second. They finally broke through in the fourth when they wisely shortened their big launch-angle swings and went for constant contact.