The Mets (83-61) defeated the Miami Marlins (61-83) by a score of 4-3. Logan Verrett looked good, allowing 1 run in 5 innings. Sean Gilmartin faltered in the 6th, but a strong effort by the rest of the bullpen, a two-run home run by Travis d’Arnaud, and an RBI double by David Wright led the Mets to their 8th straight win.
Logan Verrett got the spot start for the Mets, and looked good over his 5 innings of work, allowing 3 hits and 1 run with 1 walk and 3 strikeouts. He was lifted after only 63 pitches, but once again, provided a solid spot start in place of Matt Harvey.
The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the 3rd inning against lefty Justin Nicolino, on a 2nd deck home run by Yoenis Cespedes, his 17th as a Met and 35th of the season. The Marlins countered in the top of the 5th, and on two singles and a walk, loaded the bases with one out for Miguel Rojas. Rojas hit a slow ground ball to score a run, and Verrett got out of the inning without allowing any more damage. Verrett’s night was done, and the Mets and Marlins were tied 1-1 after 5.
The Marlins got to Sean Gilmartin quickly in the 6th, after Dee Gordon led off with a bunt single and an errant throw by Gilmartin (the throw was backed up and only a perfect throw would have gotten Gordon out). Gordon quickly stole second and Gilmartin retired Christian Yelich. The Mets decided to walk righty Martin Prado intentionally to face the lefties Justin Bour and Derek Dietrich. It appeared to work at first, as Bour flied out to right. Dietrich then followed with an RBI single to center, followed by a soft bloop single by J.T. Realmuto. The Marlins had a 3-1 lead.
The Mets countered against Nicolino when Juan Uribe hit a 2-out double down the left field line. Travis d’Arnaud followed with a home run to the seats in center field, tying the game at 3. Hansel Robles worked around a hit-by-pitch in the top of the 7th to keep the game tied, and the Mets got a 1-out walk from Wilmer Flores in the bottom of the 7th against reliever Kyle Barraclaugh. Pinch runner Eric Young Jr. stole second, and pinch hitter Curtis Granderson walked. Michael Conforto, pinch hitting for Juan Lagares, popped out to first, but David Wright hit a ground rule double over Christian Yelich’s head in center field to put the Mets up 4-3. Barraclough then retired Juan Uribe to end the threat.
Another great come-back victory for the Mets. Since returning from injury, Travis d’Arnaud has hit as well as anyone in baseball with a .404 wOBA, 10 doubles and 7 home runs (coming into tonight’s game). I was curious about Collins’ decision to remove Verrett with only 63 pitches after he threw 8 innings last time out, but the decision to put in a new pitcher for the 3rd time through the batting order made some bit of sense (also, Verrett was due up the following inning). Collins made another curious decision – to let Juan Uribe face Barreclaugh, the right-handed reliever, with two outs and runners on 2nd and 3rd. With Daniel Murphy and Kelly Johnson available on the bench, it seemed like an odd move. The move seemed even odder once Kelly Johnson was double switched into the game to play 2nd base after Juan Uribe struck out to end the inning. In the end, though, the Mets walked away with their 8th straight victory.
The Mets lower their magic number to 10 with this victory, with the outcome pending in the Nationals-Phillies game in Philadelphia (as of this writing, the score is 7-7 going to the top of the 11th inning). At the moment, the Mets have a 10 game division lead, again, pending outcome of Nats-Phillies.
UPDATE: The Nationals defeated the Phillies 8-7 in 11 innings. A high chopper to 2nd basemen Andres Blanco scored the go-ahead run, as Blanco’s throw to the plate scooted through catcher Cameron Rupp. The Nats had previously taken a 7-6 lead in the 10th on a Jayson Werth home run, but Jonathan Papelbon gave it right back, allowing a solo home run to Freddy Galvis. The Nats’ win keeps them 9.5 games behind the Mets, and the Mets’ magic number remains at 10.
- Travis d’Arnaud (.335)
- David Wright (.182)
- Jeurys Familia (.136)
- Addison Reed (.106)
- Yoenis Cespedes (.099)
- Sean Gilmartin (-.289)
- Travis d’Arnaud hits a 2-run home run to center, Mets tie the game at 3 (6th inning) (.323 WPA)
- David Wright hits a ground-rule double to center, Eric Young scores. Mets 4, Marlins 3 (7th inning) (.251 WPA)
- Yoenis Cespedes homered to left, Mets 1, Marlins 0 (3rd inning) (.145 WPA)
- Derek Dietrich singled to center against Sean Gilmartin, Dee Gordon scores. Marlins 2, Mets 1 (6th inning) (-.181 WPA)
- J.T. Realmuto singled to left against Sean Gilmartin, Martin Prado scored. Marlins 3, Mets 1 (6th inning) (-.127 WPA)