At a time where everybody thought that this New York Mets team was dead, they found a way to resurrect their season. New York came into Miami after losing three straight to the Phillies. The Mets would turn around and win three in a row before the last game was postponed. The Mets offense had been dominating in the series, scoring 24 runs in the three games.
Even without having their best starters—Robert Gsellman and Corey Oswalt started the first two games—the Mets got good pitching. The starters had allowed just three runs over 12 innings, with the bullpen allowing seven runs in the other 15 innings. With all their injuries, the Mets seemed dead. However, the interim starters pitched well enough to lift the team. The series had to be shortened due to one Met player and one Met coach testing positive for COVID-19.
In game one of the series, the New York Mets got off to a hot start scoring five runs in three innings. The offense was scorching hot thanks to major contributions from Robinson Cano and Pete Alonso. They combined to go 6-7 with six RBIs and four home runs, going back to back once. Dom Smith stayed hot as well collecting two more hits and two RBIs. The Mets as a team collected 14 hits, including just four with runners in scoring position. In other words, there was more of the same for the Mets. A big sixth-inning rally gave the Mets a 10-2 lead and put the game out of reach.
The pitching in game one was almost as good as the bats. Starting pitcher Rob Gsellman went 1 ⅔ innings giving up just one run in the first. The bullpen behind him would allow just three runs over the rest of the game. Chasen Shreve went a perfect 2 ⅓ innings, getting five of his seven outs via the strikeout. The next two innings were covered by Jeurys Familia and Brad Brach who combined for one run on four hits. Franklyn Kilomé went the last three innings, allowing two runs and getting his first major league saves.
The New York Mets did a lot of the same in the second game of the series. The pitching gave up just three runs, thanks to a solid performance from Corey Oswalt. Oswalt pitched 4 ⅓ innings allowing two runs on five hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out four. The Mets bullpen was impeccable until the ninth inning, allowing just three baserunners between the fifth and eighth innings. Edwin Diaz finished off the game allowing one run in the ninth. Though allowing one run, Diaz did not look horrible with two of the three hits not leaving the infield. Additionally, he struck out the last three batters of the game.
The bats stayed hot as well, scoring eight more runs. Amed Rosario drove in three of those runs, going 2-5 on the day with a home run. The big inning for the Mets was the top of the eighth. With a 4-2 lead, the Mets were in need of some insurance runs. A four-run eighth inning was exactly what they needed. A bases-loaded walk to Dom Smith brought home the first run of the inning. Singles by Amed Rosario and Brandon Nimmo chased home the last three. Though scoring eight runs, the Mets were ugly with runners in scoring position going 3-13 in those situations. New York was able to get away with it in this game, but won’t be able to for long. As good as the offense was, they won’t score eight runs every night and need to hit with RISP.
In the third and final game, the New York Mets were given a boost thanks to a late home run by Michael Conforto. Jacob deGrom started on the mound and went six shutout innings. He allowed just five runners to reach base and struck out seven batters. But, as it has been for the last three seasons, deGrom finished the game with a no-decision. The Mets took a 3-1 lead into the eighth inning, where the bullpen gave up two runs, blowing another lead. Dellin Betances loaded the bases with two outs after a walk to Francisco Cervelli. After, he hit Eddy Alvarez with a pitch that brought home the second Miami run. Edwin Diaz was brought in to relieve Betances and immediately walked the leadoff batter, tying the game. Diaz would escape the inning with a strikeout, avoiding any further damage.
No Run Support
As always, the Mets did not offer deGrom any run support. They scored just two runs while he was on the mound. Wilson Ramos hit a sacrifice fly in the second inning, scoring the first Met run. In the seventh inning, Luis Guillorme hit a single, bringing in the second Met run. In the eighth inning, Dom Smith hit a ground-rule double, scoring the third Met run. Smith has been red hot, hitting .429 over his last seven games with three homers and ten RBIs. He hasn’t been just hitting singles either, with nine out of 12 hits going for extra bases. With the 3-1 lead blown in the ninth, Michael Conforto stepped to the plate with a man on first and two outs.
After receiving criticism early this year for not being clutch, Conforto delivered with a two-run homer. The Mets, with a 5-3 lead, left Diaz in to pitch the ninth. Diaz set the Marlins down 1-2-3 striking out the side. Diaz struck out the final four batters he faced and recorded all four outs via the punch out. The win was a big one for the Mets who snuck back to two games under .500. They have climbed back to 2.5 games of the NL East lead and one out of the eighth seed. The Mets need to ride the wave and continue this upward trend to compete this year.
So where do the New York Mets go from here? The Mets will have the entire weekend to rest due to the positive COVID tests in the organization. Thursday night’s game was canceled, as well as the entire weekend Subway Series with the Yankees. While it is unclear who has the virus, we know it’s a position player and a coach. It is unclear whether or not the postponement will continue into next week’s schedule.
I hope that everyone who was close to contracting the virus or had close contact with those who have it is okay. Additionally, we wish them a quick and speedy recovery. A situation like this should not be taken lightly and we hope that all affected are back on the field soon.
STANDING: 3rd NL East