The Mets came away with a victory tonight, defeating the Phillies 5-4. The win signifies the end of a 3 game skid for the Mets. The offense finally came alive and the pitching was solid as always.
For the first time in what feels like forever, the Mets finally put up some runs. To put into perspective the collective slump the Mets were in, they scored more runs in the first inning of tonight’s game than they had in the past three games combined. Aided by RBIs from a Pete Alonso double, Michael Conforto double, and J.D. Davis single, the Mets put up a 4-spot in the first inning. After a strong inning, the bats went back to normal. No runs were scored from the second to eighth inning. At one point the Phillies had retired 13 Mets batters in a row. The Phillies went on to tie the game heading into the ninth, where Conforto struck. A ball hit high and deep to right field put the Mets up one in a crucial spot. Subsequently, the dugout was booming as Conforto rounded the bases.
As for the pitching, Taijuan Walker got the ball to start tonight’s game. Walker went a solid six innings. His final line is 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, and 4 K. These numbers don’t look amazing, but Walker had a decent outing. After Walker’s departure, Aaron Loup came in for an inning of relief, which was scoreless, keeping his ERA at 0. Likewise, Trevor May came in and also went 1 scoreless inning, lowering his ERA to 2.16. Lastly, Edwin Diaz came in to close it, which he did with 2 strikeouts while hitting 100 MPH on the gun. His ERA sits at 1.80. While the bullpen certainly got of to a slow start, the performance in the past two weeks has been a huge measure of success for the Mets.
Injuries, Injuries, Injuries. The Mets were bit with injury bug today, as J.D. Davis and Brandon Nimmo both left today’s game with injuries. Nimmo left the game with a finger injury following an awkward swing during the seventh inning of the game tonight. Additionally, Davis left unexpectedly, without explanation, when the Mets took the field in the seventh inning. We now know that Davis left the game due to a hand sprain. The Mets are a team always flooded with injuries, so scares like these are concerning. Thankfully, neither injury appears to be too serious and neither should miss any significant time.
This game felt like an encouraging one. Conforto with a big solo blast along with another RBI hit on the night is a confidence booster. Furthermore, Dominic Smith and Alonso both slapped two hits, hopefully an end to the slump for Smith. This is hopefully a turning point for an offense that was the worst in the MLB during the first month of the season. As for the pitching, it continues to be dominant as always. The bullpen was great again and Walker had another solid outing, even if the numbers don’t show. Let’s turn this thing around and LGM!