The Mets finished off this series with a much-needed sweep. On August 31st the New York Mets ended the evening with two victories. The third game of the series was postponed on Monday while the Mets wrapped up the set with a victory against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night. Earning this sweep was crucial for the Mets in their search for a playoff birth. Earlier this week, Javier Baez used a thumbs-down celebration as a response to fans booing. Luckily, the Mets were able to stay focused and win games in this important stretch run. It seemed at the time like “Thumbs down-gate” was the end of a strange and disappointing season for the Mets, yet these players refused to yield. The Mets put together two gritty performances this Sunday in order to keep their postseason hopes alive.
Game 1: Mets Win 6-5
This game was the continuation of a game that started on April 11th. Obviously, It’s not easy resuming a game from 4 months prior, but it’s even harder to enter the ninth inning down by four runs. Entering the ninth inning, the Met’s only offense was a solo shot from Jonathan Villar. However, that changed in the ninth inning.
Brandon Nimmo got the party started with a two-run shot to right-center to cut the lead in half. Later in that inning, Baez shows his dedication to the team by lacing a single off a slider that brought in a run. Finally, the streaking Michael Conforto finished the game with a single of his own that brought in Pete Alonso and Javier Baez to walk it off. The Mets had some help as Jorge Alfaro fumbled the pick up which allowed El Mago to take off around third en route to the first Mets victory of the sweep.
Game 2: Mets Win 3-1
The Mets put together a fantastic game from top to bottom in this outing. Clearly, the pitching was fantastic throughout. Trevor Williams started the game and went 4.1 innings. He managed four strikeouts and one unearned run in those innings. Aaron Loup came in and dominated just as he has all year, getting two strikeouts in .2 innings pitched.
Offensively, Michael Conforto continues to make up for his first-half woes. He absolutely smoked a home run into the second deck, allowing Brandon Nimmo to score. Later in the fourth inning, Jeff McNeil added some insurance with a double to center field, bringing Javy Baez across home plate.
Game 3: Postponed
Rescheduled for September 28th
Game 4: Mets Win 4-3
The Mets were able to rally back from an early deficit in order to sweep the Miami Marlins in three games. The Mets needed to bring the intensity on offense after conceding two runs in the top of the first. Luckily, they did that right away. Villar blasted a 431-foot bomb in the bottom of the first to cut the Marlins lead in half. In the fourth inning, Francisco Lindor roped a double to deep left field to bring in Brandon Nimmo.
Lindor scored that same inning on a balk, and Dominic Smith hit an RBI single in the seventh to round out the scoring. In the ninth inning, Edwin Diaz took care of business. He earned his 28th save of the year with two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 inning.
The Mets were able to change the narrative around this season very quickly this series. After having a productive series against the Washinton Nationals, all the headlines in New York were about unsavory player celebrations. “Thumbs down-gate” seemed like a fitting ending to another disappointing Mets season; however, the players disagreed. This three-game sweep was crucial in keeping the Mets alive in the postseason chase.