Phillies vs. Mets: Another Joe Girardi pitching decision backfires in Phils loss

NEW YORK — Phase I of Joe Girardi’s plan to get his starting pitching staff a little extra rest failed miserably Friday night, and now the pressure is on Zach Eflin and Zack Wheeler.

In the opener of his team’s most important series to date, Girardi summoned lefty Bailey Falter from Triple A to face one of the best offensive teams in the majors and the results were not good. The Phillies suffered an 8-6 loss to the NL East-leading New York Mets at Citi Field.

The Phils’ seventh loss in 10 games against the Mets this season dropped them 8½ games back in the division — and the first Memorial Day hot dog hasn’t even hit the grill yet.

Overall, the Phillies have lost 8 out of their last 12 games and are 21-25.

It’s not late in the season, but it ain’t early anymore, either.

“We’ve got to figure something out quick,” straight-shooting Nick Castellanos said. “We’re not happy about what’s going on. It’s a sh—- feeling. There’s no way around it. 

“We care the most, these guys in this clubhouse. (Sh–‘s) not going well. We’re not in a good mood. But all we can do is be professional and get ’em tomorrow.”

A loss Saturday night will drop the Phillies a season-high five games under .500.

Pitching for the first time in 10 days, Falter gave up four hits, including a two-run homer, three walks and five…

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