The New York Mets began their 9 games, 11-day road trip with a stop in the desert to play the Arizona Diamondbacks. They managed to pull off a 2-1 series win. Realistically, they could have swept Arizona. They probably should have, in all honesty. It was really just one bad call that allowed Arizona to sneak out a win in game two.
Game 1: Mets 6 – Diamondbacks 2
In the first game of the three-game set, New York got off to a hot start. They had their ace, Jacob deGrom on the mound, and he proved, once again, why he is the ace. He went six innings, only allowing two hits while striking out eight and not walking anyone. Not to mention he went 1-3 at the plate with an absolute bullet of an RBI single that came off the bat at over 105 MPH. deGrom now has lowered his ERA to 0.71, which is absolutely absurd for the beginning of June, even if you consider the fact that he missed a couple of outings. By the way, he is hitting .450. As a pitcher. Give this man the MVP already.
Aside from praising deGrom like we normally do as Mets’ fans, there was actually a lot to be happy about in this game. Pete Alonso hit a two-run bomb off D-Backs starter Merrill Kelly, as well as driving in two more runs otherwise. The newly acquired Billy McKinney also went deep to add on some insurance in the 8th off Ryan Buchter. Dom Smith also doubled twice in the victory. It was nice to see Jake finally get some run support for once. Knowing his luck, the Mets will score two or fewer in his next six starts or something, so he better enjoys the run support while he can get it.
In terms of pitchers of record for the night, deGrom got the win and Kelly got the loss. No saves were awarded as Jeurys Familia came on in the ninth up four runs.
Game 2: Mets 5 – Diamondbacks 6 (F/10)
Unfortunately for Met fans, game two did not end as well as game one did. It appeared like that would end up being the case. For much of the game, actually. That was until the umpires botched a fair/foul call that wound up allowing Josh Reddick to get the game-winning hit that Trevor May said, “it’s foul, still to this moment”. I have to say I find it hard to disagree with him there, too.
The D-Backs led this ballgame for exactly zero pitches, yet they managed to win the game. They never led once until Reddick “doubled”. Marcus Stroman was excellent until the sixth inning where he got tagged for three runs, all off of a Pavin Smith three-run homer. Stroman went 6 innings allowing three runs, all of them earned, scattering seven hits with the help of six strikeouts and no walks.
The bats for the Metropolitans showed signs of strength again, too. Francisco Lindor tripled, Dom Smith homered, and James McCann had a pinch-hit RBI double in the game. All three of these players have been under scrutiny from the fans based on, self-admitted poor performance thus far. Particularly in the cases of Lindor and McCann. Both of them looked about ready to start hitting and heading into the right directions to becoming fan-favorites again.
Pitchers of record in this one: Alex Young got the win and Trevor May got the loss.
Game 3: Mets 7 – Diamondbacks 6
In the rubber match of the series, David Peterson got the ball for New York, and saying he was horrendous is a compliment. He went 1/3 of an inning giving up five runs, all earned, walking three, and allowing three hits, including a homer. Needless to say, he isn’t getting a gold star for that abysmal outing.
The Mets did get Peterson off the hook quickly considering they got four runs before he took the mound and then immediately got another in the top of the second to level the game at 5-5.
The unlikely hero of the game had to be Brandon Drury who had a nice RBI hit to help the Mets to victory along with McCann and Alonso continuing to swing the bat at an insane clip for the series.
Series Wrap Up
Overall, this series was a productive one for the Mets. They gained a game on the Phillies, extending their division lead to a league-best and season-high 4 1/2 games. deGrom continued to be deGrom. Lindor seems to have gotten his swing down some more. McCann looked pretty solid. Alonso and Seth Lugo are back from their stints on the IL. Things seem to be looking up for the blue and orange. One can only hope that the Mets continue to get healthier and that they continue to play well between now and then and beyond.
A Look Ahead
The Mets will take a short trip over to San Diego to continue their road trip against the white-hot Padres. They’ll play a four-game series in San Diego and then have a day off to travel to Baltimore for two games before having another day off to return to New York to play the Padres once again; this time at Citi Field.