Phillies' losing streak grows to four after players-only meeting

If Jonathan Papelbon's hastily called players-only meeting was meant to snap the Phillies out of an early season funk, well, so much for that. Mets 6, Phillies 1.Two hours before Wednesday's 6-1 loss to the Mets, Papelbon had quickly shooed everybody but his teammate

s from the visitors' clubhouse at Citi Field. So what was discussed behind closed doors? "It was a team meeting about baseball," Papelbon said,  according to , "about playing the game. It wasn't a big deal." Although Papelbon downplayed the meeting, speculated that perhaps it wasn't so much about losing, but the manner in which the team has lost four straight: "To know Papelbon is to know he does not like to lose and he especially does not like to be pushed around," Jim Salisbury wrote. " Ric Flair would not approve. It’s very possible that Papelbon addressed his dislike for such in the meeting. After all, the Phillies were pushed around by the Mets on Tuesday night." The ensuing loss completed a three-game Mets sweep and further accented a glaring weakness in the young season: the Phillies are hitting .159 (11-for-69) with only two extra-base hits with runners in scoring position through nine games. Their team batting average (.220) is 23rd in baseball and apparently frustrations are mounting.


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