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World Series Game 3 Recap: Mets 9, Royals 3

The Mets defeated the Royals by a score of 9-3 in Game 3 of the World Series, cutting the Royals’ series lead to 2 games to 1. The Mets fell behind 1-0 early, but rebounded fast on a 2-run home run by David Wright. They fell behind 3-2, but came right back on a 2-run home run by Curtis Granderson, and the Mets would not look back. Noah Syndergaard struggled early, allowing 3 runs in the first 2 innings, but rebounded to pitch four shutout innings after that, including a stretch in which he retired 12 in a row (5 via the strikeout).

The Mets jumped on Yordano Ventura early, with a single by Curtis Granderson and a home run to David Wright, and though Ventura got through the 1st and 2nd without issue after that, the Mets tacked on in the 3rd and 4th, knocking him out after 3 1/3 IP.

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Noah Syndergaard got off to a good start on his first batter, throwing up and in to Alcides Escobar before striking him out on a foul tip. However, he then allowed a long double to Ben Zobrist, an infield hit to Lorenzo Cain before getting Eric Hosmer to chop into a force out. The Mets were unable to turn the double play when neither Duda nor Syndergaard made it to 1st base in time (after Duda fielded the ball), and the Royals took a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the 1st, Granderson singled to 2nd base before David Wright crushed a long home run to left, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead.

Syndergaard ran into more trouble in the 2nd, giving up a bloop single to Salvador Perez and a single to Alex Gordon, putting runners on 1st and 2nd with no one out. Alex Rios singled down the left field line scoring Perez, but Michael Conforto threw Gordon out trying to advance to 3rd base (safe call overturned on replay review). Yordano Ventura bunted Rios over to 3rd before a passed ball scored the go-ahead run. The Royals took a 3-2 lead.

Ventura retired the side in the bottom of the 2nd and Syndergaard did the same in the top of the 3rd. In the bottom of the 3rd, Noah Syndergaard lined a single to right on an 0-2 count before Curtis Granderson lined a home run down the right field line, putting the Mets ahead 4-3.

Syndergaard once more retired the side in the 4th. In the bottom of the 4th, Lucas Duda led off with a single to left before Travis d’Arnaud doubled down the left field line. Michael Conforto singled in a run on a chopper to first baseman Eric Hosmer, scoring Duda to extend the Mets’ lead to 5-3. After getting Wilmer Flores to pop out, Ventura was lifted for Danny Duffy, who struck out Noah Syndergaard after a couple of bunt attempts. Duffy then got Granderson to fly out to end the threat.

Syndergaard ran into trouble in the 6th, for the first time since the 2nd inning. After striking out the first two batters, Syndergaard allowed an infield single to Mike Moustakas before walking Perez and Gordon. Terry Collins allowed Syndergaard to face one more batter, and Syndergaard got Alex Rios to ground out to end the threat.

In the bottom of the 6th facing lefty Franklin Morales, Juan Lagares pinch hit for Michael Conforto and lined a single to left with 1 out. Wilmer Flores was then hit by a pitch before pinch hitter Juan Uribe lined a single to right, scoring Lagares to make it a 6-3 game. Curtis Granderson then reached on a fielder’s choice by Morales, who spun and faked to multiple bases before throwing off-line to 2nd, loading the bases. The brain cramp was key, since Morales likely had an easy 1-6-3 double play if he had thrown to 2nd immediately. David Wright then singled up the middle to score two against Kelvin Herrera, Daniel Murphy walked, and Yoenis Cespedes hit a sacrifice fly to make it 9-3.

Addison Reed, Tyler Clippard, and Jeurys Familia pitched a clean inning each to close out the 9-3 victory.


POSITIVES: Curtis Granderson and David Wright were each 2/5 with a single and a home run. Granderson had 3 runs scored and 2 RBI, Wright had 1 run scored and 4 RBI. Wright became the first Met with 4 RBI in a World Series game since Rusty Staub in 1973. Granderson also made a fine defensive play in right field (video below). Noah Syndergaard was hit a little bit to start, but fought through 6 solid innings, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6. Syndergaard was also 1/2 at the plate. Travis d’Arnaud was 2/4 with a double, while Juan Lagares was 1/2 off the bench with a run scored. Addison Reed, Tyler Clippard, and Jeurys Familia worked a clean inning each. Juan Uribe, in his first plate appearance in over a month, singled in a run off the bench.

NEGATIVES: Daniel Murphy was 0/4 with a walk, while Wilmer Flores was 0/3 with a run scored and a hit-by-pitch (though he, once again, made some fine defensive plays).

Tomorrow, Steven Matz faces Chris Young in game 4, 8:07 ET at Citi Field.


WPA Winners:

  • Curtis Granderson (.248)
  • David Wright (.195)

WPA Losers: None under -.100

Best Plays:

  • Curtis Granderson hits a 2-run home run, Mets up 4-3, 3rd inning (.230)
  • David Wright hits a 2-run home run, Mets up 2-1, 1st inning (.195)
  • Alex Rios grounds out with the bases loaded and 2 outs, Mets up 5-3, 6th inning, Noah Syndergaard pitching (.107)

Worst Play: Alex Rios scores on a passed ball, Royals up 3-2, 2nd inning (-.100)

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World Series Game 1 Preview: Harvey vs. Volquez

The Mets face the Kansas City Royals in game 1 of the World Series. Tonight’s game is at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri and starts at 8:07 PM ET. Matt Harvey (2.71 ERA, 3.05 FIP, 1.02 WHIP, 189 1/3 IP over 29 starts) gets the game 1 assignment against Edinson Volquez (3.55 ERA, 3.82 FIP, 1.31 WHIP, 200 1/3 IP over 33 starts and 1 relief appearance). The Mets and Royals have never faced each other in the World Series, and in fact, it is the first time in major league history that two expansion teams have met in the World Series.

In his two postseason starts, Matt Harvey has allowed 5 runs over 12 2/3 innings (4 earned), 11 hits, and 4 walks (1 intentional) while striking out 16 and hitting a batter. Harvey was particularly impressive in his most recent start, game 1 of the NLCS against the Cubs during which he allowed only 2 runs in 7 2/3 innings. Volquez, in 3 postseason starts in 2015, has allowed 8 runs in 16 2/3 innings, 10 hits, 12 walks (1 intentional) while striking out 15. Volquez’s best start was in game 1 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays, in which he pitched 6 shutout innings, while only allowing 2 hits and 5 walks while striking out 4.

The Mets have not played the Royals since 2013, and among the 50 active players on the two rosters, only one has played for both teams: Royals starting pitcher Chris Young. The Mets have not played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City since 2004.

Lineups:

Mets:Matt Harvey

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF (L)
  2. David Wright, 3B (R)
  3. Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, CF (R)
  5. Lucas Duda, 1B (L)
  6. Travis d’Arnaud, C (R)
  7. Michael Conforto, LF (L)
  8. Wilmer Flores, SS (R)
  9. Kelly Johnson, DH (L)

Royals:

  1. Alcides Escobar, SS (R)
  2. Ben Zobrist, 2B (S)
  3. Lorenzo Cain, CF (R)
  4. Eric Hosmer, 1B (L)
  5. Kendrys Morales, DH (S)
  6. Mike Moustakas, 3B (L)
  7. Salvador Perez, C (R)
  8. Alex Gordon, LF (L)
  9. Alex Rios, RF (R)

Mets Bench:

Michael Cuddyer, OF/1B (R), Juan Uribe**, 3B/2B (R), Juan Lagares, CF (R), Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF (L), Kevin Plawecki, C (R)

**Juan Uribe rejoins the Mets after missing the Division Series and the Championship Series with a chest injury. He replaces Matt Reynolds on the roster. Uribe is the only player on the Mets to have won a World Series before, and he has done so twice: as a member of the 2005 White Sox and a member of the 2010 Giants.

Mets Pitchers (projected starters denoted with asterisk):

Jeurys Familia (R), Tyler Clippard (R), Addison Reed (R), Hansel Robles (R), Jon Niese (L), Bartolo Colon (R), Sean Gilmartin (L), Jacob deGrom* (R), Noah Syndergaard* (R) Steven Matz* (L)

Royals Bench:

Paulo Orlando, OF (R), Christian Colon, IF (R), Jarrod Dyson, OF (L), Raul Mondesi**, SS/2B (S), Drew Butera, C (R)

**Mondesi replaces pinch-running specialist Terrance Gore. Mondesi, should he appear in a game, would become the first player in history to make his major league debut in the World Series.

Royals Pitchers (projected starters denoted with asterisk):

Wade Davis (R), Kelvin Herrera (R), Ryan Madson (R), Luke Hochevar (R), Kris Medlen (R), Danny Duffy (L), Franklin Morales (L), Johnny Cueto* (R), Yordano Ventura* (R), Chris Young* (R)

As always, LET’S GO METS!

NLCS Game 1 Preview: Harvey vs. Lester

The Mets and Cubs face off in game 1 of the National League Championship Series. Tonight’s game is at Citi Field and starts at 8:07 PM. Matt Harvey (2.71 ERA, 3.05 FIP, 1.02 WHIP, 189 1/3 IP over 29 starts) gets the game 1 assignment against Jon Lester (3.34 ERA, 2.92 FIP, 1.12 WHIP, 205 IP over 32 starts). The Mets and Cubs have never faced each other in the postseason.

In his one postseason start, Matt Harvey has allowed 3 runs over 5 innings (2 earned), 7 hits, and 2 walks while striking out 7. Lester, in his one postseason start of 2015, pitched 7 1/3 innings while allowing 3 runs, 5 hits, 1 walk, and 2 wild pitches while striking out 9. Harvey made one start against the Cubs this season, and shut them out over 7 innings while allowing only 2 walks and 3 hits while striking out 9. Lester made two starts against the Mets this season, and in 13 innings, he allowed 3 runs, 10 hits and 5 walks while striking out 13. His second start against the Mets in July was an outing of 7 shutout innings.

Lineups:

Mets:Matt Harvey

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF (L)
  2. David Wright, 3B (R)
  3. Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (R)
  5. Travis d’Arnaud, C (R)
  6. Michael Cuddyer, 1B (R)
  7. Wilmer Flores, SS (R)
  8. Juan Lagares, CF (R)
  9. Matt Harvey, P (R)

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  1. Dexter Fowler, CF (S)
  2. Kyle Schwarber, LF (L)
  3. Kris Bryant, 3B (R)
  4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B (L)
  5. Starlin Castro, 2B (R)
  6. Jorge Soler, RF (R)
  7. Javier Baez, SS (R)
  8. David Ross, C (R)
  9. Jon Lester, P (L)

Mets Bench:

Michael Conforto, LF (L), Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF (L), Lucas Duda, 1B (L), Kelly Johnson, IF/OF (L), Matt Reynolds, SS/2B (R), Kevin Plawecki, C (R)

Mets Pitchers (projected starters denoted with asterisk):

Jeurys Familia (R), Tyler Clippard (R), Addison Reed (R), Hansel Robles (R), Jon Niese (L), Bartolo Colon (R), Sean Gilmartin** (L), Noah Syndergaard* (R), Jacob deGrom* (R), Steven Matz* (L)

**Gilmartin replaces Erik Goeddel, after Goeddel did not record an out while facing 4 batters in the NLDS. Gilmartin is likely on the rosters for a couple of reasons. First, Jon Niese may miss part of a game due to a death in his family [Rubin] and second, the Cubs as a team have not hit lefties (.303 wOBA) as well as they have hit righties (.316 wOBA). Also of note for the Mets, Juan Uribe is unavailable for this series.

Cubs Bench:

Chris Coghlan, OF/IF (L), Austin Jackson, OF (R), Chris Denorfia, OF (R), Tommy La Stella, 3B/2B (L), Quintin Berry**, OF (L), Miguel Montero, C (L)

**Quintin Berry replaces Addison Russell, who is unavailable for the NLCS after re-injuring his hamstring in game 3 of the NLDS. Javier Baez will start at shortstop in his place.

Cubs Pitchers (projected starters denoted with asterisk):

Hector Rondon (R), Pedro Strop (R), Justin Grimm (R), Travis Wood (L), Trevor Cahill (R), Fernando Rodney (R), Clayton Richard (L), Jake Arrieta* (R), Jason Hammel* (R), Kyle Hendricks* (R)

As always, LET’S GO METS!

Game Preview: Roark vs. deGrom

The Mets (89-72) take on the Washington Nationals (83-78) at 3:10 at Citi Field. Jacob deGrom (2.60 ERA, 2.74 FIP, 0.99 WHIP, 187 IP over 29 starts) faces off against Tanner Roark (4.63 ERA, 4.85 FIP, 1.34 WHIP, 105 IP over 11 starts and 28 relief appearances). This is the final game of the regular season and holds no importance for the Mets, as the Dodgers clinched home field advantage in the NLDS with a win last night against San Diego.

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Mets:

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF (L)
  2. David Wright, 3B (R)
  3. Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, CF (R)
  5. Lucas Duda, 1B (L)
  6. Travis d’Arnaud, C (R)
  7. Michael Conforto, LF (L)
  8. Ruben Tejada, SS (R)
  9. Jacob deGrom, P (L)

Nationals:

  1. Anthony Rendon, 3B (R)
  2. Trea Turner, 2B (R)
  3. Bryce Harper, RF (L)
  4. Jayson Werth, LF (R)
  5. Clint Robinson, 1B (L)
  6. Ian Desmond, SS (R)
  7. Michael Taylor, CF (R)
  8. Pedro Severino, C (R)
  9. Tanner Roark, P (R)

Mets News: According to Terry Collins, Jacob deGrom will be limited to 80 pitches today, and will be followed by Bartolo Colon, Tyler Clippard, and Jeurys Familia. Steven Matz will throw a bullpen session Tuesday and will pitch in the instructional league on Thursday. Assuming all goes well, that should set him up for a game 4 NLDS start. The Mets are also not opposed to bringing back Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard on 3 days rest. If the Mets are down 2-1 in the NLDS, deGrom could pitch game 4 on 3 days rest and Syndergaard game 5 on regular rest. Juan Uribe is “real iffy” for the NLDS, and his absence could open up a spot for Eric Young Jr., Kirk Nieuwnhuis, or an 8th relief pitcher.

Jacob deGrom is looking to put a nice topper on a fantastic season, albeit in what will likely be a shortened outing. DeGrom is currently 5th among qualified NL pitchers in ERA, 4th in FIP, 4th in xFIP, 7th in BB%, 5th in K%, 4th in K-BB%, 5th in SIERA (ERA estimator), 7th in fWAR, 10th in pitchers bWAR, 8th in RE24, 6th in WPA, and 5th in WPA/LI (context neutral WPA). DeGrom should get some Cy Young votes, but I’d be shocked if he finishes higher than 4th or gathers a single 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place vote, with Jake Arrieta, Zack Greinke, and Clayton Kershaw in front of him.

Tanner Roark, after a very successful 2014 season, has struggled this year while being shuttled between the bullpen and the rotation. Roark was jettisoned from the rotation to make room for Max Scherzer. Oddly enough, Roark has succeeded more in the bullpen than in the rotation, with a 3.74 ERA in bullpen work and a .313 wOBA against. In the rotation, over 11 starts, Roark has a 5.31 ERA and a .362 wOBA against. As a starter, Roark has struggled with the home run ball, allowing 1.82 HR/9. Roark has not started against the Mets this season, but he has made 4 relief appearances. In those appearances, he has pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed 4 runs, all 4 of which came in an outing that lasted only 1/3 of an inning.

As always, LET’S GO METS!

10/3/15 Game 1 Preview: Gonzalez vs. Syndergaard

At 1:10, Mets will take on the Washington Nationals at Citi Field in game 1 of a day-night doubleheader. Gio Gonzalez (3.93 ERA, 3.08 FIP, 1.44 FIP, 169 2/3 IP over 30 starts) will face off against Noah Syndergaard (3.34, 3.27, 1.08, 143 IP over 23 starts). The Mets are seeking home field advantage against the Dodgers in the NLDS, and they are currently .5 games behind.

Lineups:

[NY Times]

Nationals:

  1. Anthony Rendon, 2B (R)
  2. Yunel Escobar, 3B (R)
  3. Bryce Harper, CF (L)
  4. Jayson Werth, LF (R)
  5. Clint Robinson, 1B (L)
  6. Ian Desmond, SS (R)
  7. Matt den Dekker, RF (L)
  8. Jose Lobaton, C (S)
  9. Gio Gonzalez, P (L)

Mets:

  1. Juan Lagares, CF (R)
  2. David Wright, 3B (R)
  3. Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (R)
  5. Michael Cuddyer, RF (R)
  6. Lucas Duda, 1B (L)
  7. Travis d’Arnaud, C (R)
  8. Ruben Tejada, SS (R)
  9. Noah Syndergaard, P (L)

Obviously, the news here is that Yoenis Cespedes is back in the Mets lineup, only three days after being drilled in the left hand by a pitch. It’s good to see him back, but there is still concern for Steven Matz, Juan Uribe, and Wilmer Flores. It seems unlikely Matz will see time in a major league game this weekend, but the team is confident that a muscle relaxant will get Matz ready for a 90-100 pitch game in the instructional league on Wednesday.

Also, Hansel Robles is appealing his 3-game suspension and will be available out of the bullpen this weekend. The suspension will not carry into the postseason.

Ruben Tejada gets the start at shortstop, and Flores’s back tightness aside, it appears Tejada will see the bulk of the time at shortstop in the postseason. While Tejada brings the better defense, since September 1st, he has also brought a better offense, slashing .333/.400/.463 in 60 plate appearances in that time (.372 wOBA). By comparison, in the same period of time, Wilmer Flores has slashed .269/.309/.385 in 55 plate appearances (.298 wOBA). Expect Tejada to get the starts against Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, with Wilmer Flores perhaps getting a start or two against the Dodgers’ other two lefties (Alex Wood and Brett Anderson). Today, Terry Collins acknowledged that Tejada is the likely Game 1 starter against the Dodgers.

Gio Gonzalez gets the start for the Nationals, and the Mets will face him for the first time since July 31st, when Wilmer Flores hit a 12th inning walk-off home run. Gonzalez limited the Mets to 1 run over 4 2/3 innings in that game, but the Mets drove his pitch count up early. Gonzalez walked 4, struck out 6, and allowed 4 hits in that game. Away from Nationals Park this season, Gonzalez has a 4.45 ERA and a .327 wOBA against. Gonzalez also has a relatively high walk rate to righties (10%) as compared to lefties (5.5%), but also strikes out a lot of lefties (23.6%).

Syndergaard is facing the Nationals for the first time since his 8 brilliant innings on August 2nd, the game that put the Mets in a virtual tie for first place. The biggest splits for Syndergaard this season are his home/road splits, but he has gotten better lately. He has a 2.57 ERA at home (.244 wOBA) compared to 4.23 on the road (.323 wOBA). He gets righties and lefties out fairly evenly, with a .294 wOBA against lefties and a .271 wOBA against righties. He keeps his walk rate low against both righties and lefties, but strikes out a ton of righties (31.7%) and isn’t so bad with the lefties either (22.3%).

As always, LET’S GO METS!

Game Recap: Mets 12, Reds 5, Lucas Duda, Noah Syndergaard are back

The Mets (87-67) defeated the Reds (63-90) by a score of 12-5. Noah Syndergaard was brilliant on the mound, striking out 11 over 7 2/3 innings of two run ball. Syndergaard held Cincinnati scoreless through the 8th inning. Lucas Duda hit two 3-run home runs to help fuel the offensive outburst. Combined with Washington’s 8-2 loss to Philadelphia, the Mets’ magic number is reduced to 1.

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In the first inning, the Mets and Reds both wasted opportunities, the Mets with runners at 1st and 2nd and the Reds with a leadoff double. The Mets connected for their first run in the top of the 2nd against Anthony DeSclafani, after a double by Michael Conforto and an RBI single by Noah Syndergaard. The Mets scored 3 more in the 3rd, after a double by Daniel Murphy and a single by Yoenis Cespedes set the stage for a 3-run home run by Lucas Duda. The Mets led 4-0.

Noah Syndergaard was absolutely dominant tonight, and he shut out the Reds through the first 7 innings before allowing a solo home run and a 2-out single in the 8th. Syndergaard would finish his game with 7 2/3 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs, 0 walks, and 11 strikeouts.

The Mets tacked on in the top of the 7th. Ruben Tejada reached on a fielding error, Noah Syndergaard bunted him over, and Curtis Granderson doubled him in to make it 5-0. David Wright singled, Daniel Murphy singled in another run, and Lucas Duda hit his 2nd 3-run home run of the game to make it 9-0. In the 8th, the Mets added a few more after singles by Michael Conforto and Noah Syndergaard and a 3-run home run by Curtis Granderson. The Mets took a 12-0 lead.

In the bottom of the 8th, after getting two lineouts, Noah Syndergaard allowed a solo home run to Brennan Boesch and a single to Jason Bourgeois before being lifted for Eric O’Flaherty. O’Flaherty allowed an RBI single after Bourgeois advanced on indifference, and Bobby Parnell allowed 3 consecutive singles to make it 12-4, before striking out Eugenio Suarez to end the inning. In the 9th, Tim Stauffer allowed a Cincinnati-style home to Adam Duvall to make it 12-5, then allowed a single, struck out two, and walked Joey Votto. Hansel Robles came in to get the last out and complete the 12-5 victory.


Syndergaard was absolutely filthy tonight, and a start like this makes me excited to imagine what he could do in the postseason. Syndergaard was sitting at about 98 MPH with his fastball for the whole night.

Of note for the Mets, Juan Uribe came up to pinch hit for David Wright in the 8th inning, and was unable to complete his plate appearance after appearing to re-injure his collarbone.

POSITIVES: Lucas Duda is getting hot again, and Daniel Murphy continues his hot hitting. Duda was 2/4 with 2 3-run home runs, while Murphy was 2/4 with a double, an RBI, and 2 runs scored. Curtis Granderson hit his 24th home run of the season, and his first in a while. Syndergaard, obviously, was dominant, but was also 2/3 at the plate with a run, an RBI, and a sacrifice bunt. Yoenis Cespedes and David Wright were both 2/4 with a run scored, while Michael Conforto was 2/4 with 2 runs scored.

NEGATIVES: Eric O’Flaherty, Bobby Parnell, Tim Stauffer. Granted, it could have been much worse, and they could have come into the game missing the strike zone like the Nationals relief corps a few weeks ago. Between the three pitchers, they allowed 3 runs on 6 hits with a walk while allowing Syndergaard’s inherited runner to score while recording only three outs. The positive here is that it is unlikely any of these pitchers make the postseason roster.

Combined with the Nationals’ 8-2 loss to the Phillies (on Aaron Altherr‘s inside-the-park grand slam, no less), the Mets’ division lead grows to 8.5 games while the magic number shrinks to just 1.


WPA Winners:

  • Noah Syndergaard (.216 pitching, .102 batting, .318 total)
  • Lucas Duda (.144)

WPA Losers: None under -.100

Best Plays:

  • Lucas Duda hits a 3-run home run, Mets up 4-0, 3rd inning (.181)
  • Noah Syndergaard hits an RBI single, Mets up 1-0, 2nd inning (.108)

Worst Plays: None under -.100

Game Recap: Braves 6, Mets 3, offense and Familia falter late

The Mets (85-67) fell to the Atlanta Braves (62-91) by a score of 6-3. The Mets held a 2-0 lead until the 7th inning, when Bartolo Colon allowed 3 baserunners and Addison Reed allowed all 3 runs to score. The Mets tied right away with an RBI single by David Wright, but Jeurys Familia gave up a 3-run home run to Freddie Freeman in the 9th. The Mets lost all 3 series of this homestand, winning the first game but losing the next two in all three series. They finish a disappointing homestand 3-6.

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The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a line-drive solo home run by Daniel Murphy. After a double by Lucas Duda and a single by Travis d’Arnaud in the 2nd, Ruben Tejada singled in a 2nd run to make it 2-0, but failed to add any more. The Mets wasted a triple in the 3rd, two singles in the 4th, and a walk in the 5th against Williams Perez.

Bartolo Colon was fantastic through the first five innings, retiring the first 14 batters he faced. He got out of a 1st and 3rd, 1 out situation in the 6th, keeping the game at 2-0. In the 7th though, Colon allowed back-to-back singles to A.J. Pierzynski and Andrelton Simmons, followed by a flyout by Jace Peterson and a third single by Cameron Maybin to load the bases. Addison Reed entered and allowed an RBI single to Michael Bourn before allowing a 2-run double to pinch hitter Freddie Freeman that appeared as if it was misplayed by Curtis Granderson in right. The Braves took a 3-2 lead.

The Mets struck right back in the bottom of the 7th, and Ruben Tejada singled to lead off the inning. After two outs and a stolen base by pinch runner Eric Young Jr., David Wright singled him in to tie the game at 3.

Tyler Clippard was shaky but effective in the 8th, and the Mets failed to score in the bottom of the 8th. In the top of the 9th, Jeurys Familia struck out Jace Peterson before allowing a single to Cameron Maybin and a walk to Michael Bourn. Freddie Freeman, double switched into the game, then hit an opposite-field 3-run home run to put the Braves ahead 6-3. Apart from a leadoff single by Juan Uribe, the Mets failed to do much in the bottom of the 9th.


What a disappointing homestand. Hopefully, this is the worst the team looks, because it seems like the bullpen, the offense, and the defense have gone into slumps at the same time (not to mention recent struggles by some of their starting pitchers). One hopes that even if everything doesn’t click at the same time, as it did through parts of August, enough comes together that the Mets can succeed in the postseason. Thankfully, the Orioles took care of the Nations again tonight.

POSITIVES: Colon looked fantastic through the first 5 innings, pitching to a ton of weak contact. The issue with Colon is that at some point, often the 3rd time through the order, batters will catch on. David Wright continues to look good at the plate, and it looks like Yoenis Cespedes is coming around. Travis d’Arnaud had a couple singles, but looked overmatched later in the game. Eric Young Jr. stole a key base against Brandon Cunniff, who nearly picked him off a few times. Young later came around to score the tying run.

NEGATIVES: The bullpen. Reed had his first really tough outing since his first outing as a Met. Tyler Clippard was effective, but seemed to get a bit lucky in his one inning, as he hit a batter and looked a little wild. Jeurys Familia left his pitches high, and Freddie Freeman took advantage of a very poorly placed splitter. Curtis Granderson did not produce in a few key situations tonight, and was 0/5 on the night. Kelly Johnson, Michael Cuddyer, and Wilmer Flores were not up to the task of coming off the bench. Johnson and Cuddyer struck out in important situations, while Flores came to bat in the 9th down 3 runs with a runner on 1st, and promptly grounded into a double play.

Thankfully, Baltimore defeated Washington 4-3 on a late 2-run home run by Manny Machado. The Mets’ lead remains 6.5 games, while the magic number is reduced to 5.


WPA Winners:

  • David Wright (.211)
  • Ruben Tejada (.188)
  • Bartolo Colon (.121 pitching, -.088 batting, .033 total)

WPA Losers:

  • Jeurys Familia (-.471)
  • Addison Reed (-.362)
  • Curtis Granderson (-.146)

Best Plays:

  • David Wright singles, Eric Young scores. 3-3, 7th inning (.245)
  • Addison Reed gets Hector Olivera to ground into a double play, Braves up 3-2, 7th inning (.136)
  • Daniel Murphy homers, Mets up 1-0, 1st inning (.122)

Worst Plays:

  • Freddie Freeman hits a 3-run home run, Braves up 6-3, 9th inning (.390)
  • Freddie Freeman hits a 2-run double, Braves up 3-2 (7th inning) (.336)