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Game Recap: Phillies 3, Mets 0; Pitching strong as offense falters, Regulars watch from bench

The Philadelphia Phillies (62-97) defeated the Mets (89-70) by a score of 3-0. Sean Gilmartin was strong for the Mets in 5 innings, the only blemish being a 2-run home run allowed to Darin Ruf. The offense managed only 6 hits off Jerad Eickhoff and the Phillies bullpen; 3 by Kirk Nieuwenhuis, 2 infield singles by Kelly Johnson, and a single by Ruben Tejada.


Jerad Eickhoff was in control all day for the Phillies, allowing only 4 hits, walking 1, and striking out 10 while shutting the Mets out over 7 innings. The Mets’ best opportunity came in the 7th, after a 1-out double by Kirk Nieuwenhuis and a 2-out walk by Kevin Plawecki. However, Juan Lagares struck out on a 3-2 curveball to end the threat.

Sean Gilmartin was solid for the Mets in his first career start, allowing onlyh 3 hits, a walk, 2 runs, and a home run over 5 innings while striking out 3. Unfortunately though, that home run, a 2-out 2-run shot by Darin Ruf in the 4th inning, proved to be all the Phillies would need. Tim Stauffer was strong in two shutout innings of relief and Dario Alvarez allowed a solo home run to Andres Blanco, but it didn’t matter. On a day where a hangover lineup was called for, no one could muster anything against Eickhoff, Jerome Williams, or Luis Garcia.

This could’ve been expected, especially after such a late loss last night. Gilmartin and Stauffer were pleasant surprises in their combined 7 innings of work, but the offense was absolutely lifeless. What bothered me were the pinch hitting opportunities not utilized by Terry Collins. I understand he wants to give his regular players a day off, but when Eric Young Jr. and Dilson Herrera are your two pinch hitters from a bench that includes Daniel Murphy, David Wright, Lucas Duda, and Curtis Granderson, it’s a little tough to justify your desire to win the game. In the 7th inning, with 1st and 2nd with two outs, it should have been Granderson, Murphy, or Duda facing off against Eickhoff (or a lefty reliever, if they decided to make a switch). I find it tough to believe that these veteran professionals could have their playoff performances compromised by one plate appearance.

But, these are small annoyances. After the rest day today, one would imagine that Terry will go with his regular lineup the rest of the weekend, perhaps with an extra righty or two against Gio Gonzalez. The Mets fans certainly have to thank Mike Leake and the Giants for keeping their home field advantage hopes alive – Leake spun a 2-hit shutout last night, reducing the Mets home field advantage magic number to 3. The Giants look to take 3 of 4 from the Dodgers this afternoon at 3:45, with Brett Anderson facing Tim Hudson. A Dodgers win would bring L.A. to the same record as the Mets, but as a reminder, the Mets do own the tiebreaker.

Noah Syndergaard faces Gio Gonzalez tomorrow at 7:10 at Citi Field, weather permitting, as the Mets open a 3-game series against the Nationals.

POSITIVES: Sean Gilmartin and Tim Stauffer were both solid today with better-than-expected performances. Dario Alvarez, while allowing a home run to a right-handed batter, also retired the only lefty he faced. Kirk Nieuwenhuis had 3 of the Mets’ 6 hits, but despite 2 doubles, was never able to score.

NEGATIVES: The offense, save for Nieuwenhuis. The manager’s decision to pinch hit Eric Young Jr. and Dilson Herrera in a close game that means something. The decision to remove Michael Conforto in a close game, and not for a better bat.

WPA Winners: Kirk Nieuwenhuis (.109)

WPA Losers: Eric Campbell (-.141)

Best Play: None over .100

Worst Play: Darin Ruf hits a 2-run home run, Phillies up 2-0, 4th inning (-.245)


10/1/15 Game Preview: Gilmartin vs. Eickhoff

The Mets (89-69) take on the Philadelphia Phillies (61-97) at 12:05 at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia. Sean Gilmartin (2.58 ERA, 2.53 FIP, 1.22 WHIP, 52 1/3 IP over 49 relief appearances) faces off against Jerad Eickhoff (3.07, 3.66, 1.09, 44 IP over 7 starts). For Gilmartin, it marks the Rule 5 selection’s first major league start. He will likely be followed by veteran starter/reliever Tim Stauffer in relief.


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  1. Kelly Johnson, 2B (L)
  2. Ruben Tejada, SS (R)
  3. Michael Conforto, LF (L)
  4. Michael Cuddyer, 1B (R)
  5. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, RF (L)
  6. Eric Campbell, 3B (R)
  7. Kevin Plawecki, C (R)
  8. Juan Lagares, CF (R)
  9. Sean Gilmartin, P (L)


  1. Freddy Galvis, 2B (S)
  2. Odubel Herrera, CF (L)
  3. Aaron Altherr, LF (R)
  4. Jeff Francoeur, RF (R)
  5. Darin Ruf, 1B (R)
  6. Cody Asche, 3B (L)
  7. Carlos Ruiz, C (R)
  8. Chase d’Arnaud, SS (R)
  9. Jerad Eickhoff, P (R)

With a tough loss last night and only 11 hours between games, the Mets are sitting all regulars except for Michael Conforto and Ruben Tejada (only Conforto started last night). This gives the Mets secondary lineup another chance to get a big win – a lineup of many of the same characters beat Cincinnati 8-1 on Sunday. Yoenis Cespedes is out after being hit in the hand by a pitch yesterday (contusion) and Wilmer Flores is out with lower back stiffness. David Wright, Travis d’Arnaud, Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, and Daniel Murphy are getting the day off.

Sean Gilmartin gets his first major league start today in place of Steven Matz, who is out due to right side stiffness. The team hopes to pitch Matz at some point this weekend, otherwise Matz’s NLDS roster spot may be in jeopardy. Gilmartin has had reverse platoon splits this season; righties have a .237 wOBA against him while lefties have a .306 wOBA (though even that number is solid, especially considering he’s a rookie Rule-5 selection that had not pitched out of the bullpen prior to this season). Part of that discrepancy could fall in BABIP and batted ball rates – 25.6 percent of batted balls from righties have been softly hit, while only 17.9% to lefties. That could explain a .358 BABIP to lefties versus a .282 BABIP to righties. Gilmartin has above average strikeout and walk percentages for relievers (23.6% and 7.9%, respectively), but has a way-below league average .17 HR/9 allowed (the league average is .94, suggesting good luck for Gilmartin). Gilmartin has only allowed 1 home run in his 52 1/3 innings of work.

Jerad Eickhoff has been very good in his 7 starts with the Phillies this season. Eickhoff, acquired from the Rangers in the Cole Hamels trade, has a 3.07 ERA over his 7 starts. Part of that, however, can be explained by a low .256 BABIP which is due for at least some regression. Eickhoff has neutralized righties very well, to a .227 wOBA in 97 plate appearances, but has struggled more against lefties (.348 wOBA in 80 plate appearances). In those 80 plate appearances, Eickhoff has allowed 8 walks, a double, 2 triples, and 4 home runs. The Mets, while without 3 of their 4 regular lefty bats, will look to take advantage with Kelly Johnson, Michael Conforto, and Kirk Nieuwenhuis. In his two starts against the Mets this season, Eickhoff has allowed 7 runs (6 earned) over 13 innings pitched, striking out 10, allowing 10 hits, walking 3, and allowing 2 home runs. The Mets won both games.

As always, LET’S GO METS!

Game Recap: Phillies 7, Mets 5; Ugly effort does Mets in after 5-run 1st inning

The Mets (89-69) fell to the Phillies (61-97) by a score of 7-5. The Mets held a 5-0 lead in this game after two home runs in the first inning, but Logan Verrett and the bullpen blew the lead in the ugliest game Mets fans have seen in a long time. Wild pitches, ejections, hit batsmen, they were all present.


The Mets jumped over Phillies starter Alec Asher in the first inning, after a Curtis Granderson double, a walk to David Wright, and a 3-run home run by Daniel Murphy. They tacked on even more after a walk to Yoenis Cespedes and a 2-run home run by Michael Conforto. The Mets jumped to a 5-0 lead. In the bottom of the first, starter Logan Verrett worked around a couple baserunners.

Verrett struck out the side in the bottom of the 2nd, and in the top of the 3rd, Yoenis Cespedes was hit by a pitch on his left hand. Fortunately, x-rays were negative and Cespedes only has a contusion. Kirk Nieuwenhuis would pinch-run and remain in the game in center field. Verrett ran into trouble in the bottom of the 3rd after allowing consecutive singles. A fantastic sliding catch by Kirk Nieuwenhuis induced a double play, but Verrett walked Aaron Altherr to set up a 2-run double by Darin Ruf. The lead was cut to 5-2. The Mets threatened in the top of the 4th, but to no avail, but Wilmer Flores was removed for a pinch-runner with lower back stiffness. Ruben Tejada replaced him.

Verrett worked out of trouble in the bottom of the 4th, but was not so lucky in the 5th. After getting a groundout to lead off the inning, Verrett hit Odubel Herrera with a pitch, a pitch that looked intentional enough for the home plate umpire to warn both benches. The Mets had been hit twice in the game so far; Cespedes and Nieuwenhuis. Verrett lost Aaron Altherr to a walk and Erik Goeddel was able to get Darin Ruf to pop out. Jon Niese, in to face Cody Asche, was not so lucky, allowing an RBI single before getting a sharp groundout. The Mets lead was cut to 5-3.

After Michael Cuddyer reached on a fielding error by Cody Asche, pinch runner Eric Young Jr. stole 2nd with one out. Unfortunately, the Mets didn’t convert and left Young at 2nd. In the bottom of the 6th, things really fell apart. After Hansel Robles got Brian Bogusevic to line out to left, Robles was ejected from the game (along with manager Terry Collins) after a pitch sailed at Cameron Rupp‘s head. Reliever Bobby Parnell inherited a full count and walked Rupp on 1 pitch, then walked pinch hitter Chase d’Arnaud. A wild pitch advanced the tying runs into scoring position, and Freddy Galvis converted with a single to center, taking 2nd on the throw to the plate. The game was tied at 5-5. Dario Alvarez entered and got Odubel Herrera to pop out for the 2nd out, but then hit Aaron Altherr with a pitch on his back foot. Carlos Torres relieved him, and two wild pitches allowed the go-ahead run to score before he struck out Darin Ruf.

Both teams were turned aside in the 7th and the Mets were turned aside in the 8th before Tyler Clippard unleashed the 7th wild pitch of the game, scoring Andres Blanco (leadoff double) from 3rd. The Phillies led 7-5. Ken Giles retired the side in the 9th to end an ugly game.

What an absolutely ugly game. Between the two teams, there were 10 walks, 7 wild pitches, 4 hit batsmen, 2 ejections, a passed ball, an error, and a ball thrown at Cameron Rupp’s head. Gary Cohen called it a candidate for the worst game in MLB history. It truly was something to behold. After Alec Asher’s incredible struggles in the 1st inning, the Mets bullpen (sans their best relievers, of course) one-upped him.

As the Mets battle for home field advantage, these games simply can’t happen. When Robles was ejected in the 6th, I didn’t comprehend Bob Geren‘s decision not to bring in Addison Reed. Bobby Parnell, who has certainly been better later, was absolutely no help, as he gave up the lead after a couple walks and a line-drive single to Freddy Galvis. Through that ridiculous 6th inning, neither Reed nor Clippard entered the game. Instead, it was a combination of Parnell, Dario Alvarez, and Carlos Torres who gave up the lead.

Thank goodness, though, nothing is broken in Yoenis Cespedes’s left hand. Wilmer Flores’s stiff back may be more of a concern, but it does not appear like Cespedes will be out for a lengthy period of time.

POSITIVES: Daniel Murphy and Michael Conforto continue to show more power than expected, Murphy with his career-high 14th home run of the season and Conforto with his 9th. Curtis Granderson was 2/5 with a double and a run scored, while Addison Reed pitched a clean outing in relief. Dario Alvarez made an appearance and retired a lefty, so that’s something.

NEGATIVES: The bullpen, the manager, the bench coach, and the downright ugliness. The game was on the line in the 6th inning, and the failure of Bob Geren or Terry Collins (whoever was making the decision) to bring in Addison Reed or Tyler Clippard is downright insulting to the fans. Bobby Parnell, Dario Alvarez, and Carlos Torres, all of whom are coming off either injury or ineffectiveness, were entrusted to a key inning. The three relievers, at least two of which will not be on the postseason roster, failed the test. Somehow, Geren felt the need to bring Reed and Clippard in after the fact. Too late, buddy. Aside from Addison Reed, all the relievers were guilty to some extent, even if they weren’t charged with a run. Logan Verrett, apart from the 2nd inning, was shaky during his entire start. The offense blew multiple opportunities after converting on their opportunities in the first inning.

The Mets take on the Phillies in the series finale tomorrow at 12:05, a changed game time to accommodate the weather forecast. Sean Gilmartin or Tim Stauffer (likely both, since neither were used tonight) will face off against Jerad Eickhoff.

WPA Winners: None over .100

WPA Losers: Bullpen (-.505) (-.633 without Goeddel, Alvarez, and Reed, who had net positive contributions)

Best Plays:

  • Daniel Murphy hits a 3-run home run, Mets up 3-0, 1st inning (.157)
  • Michael Conforto hits a 2-run home run, Mets up 5-0, 1st inning (.108)

Worst Plays:

  • Freddy Galvis hits a 2-run single, game tied 5-5, 6th inning (-.237)
  • Aaron Altherr scores on a wild pitch by Carlos Torres, Phillies up 6-5, 6th inning (-.167)
  • Darin Ruf hits a 2-run double, Phillies down 5-2, 3rd inning (-.104)
  • Cody Asche hits an RBI single, Phillies down 5-3, 5th inning (-.102)

Matz scratched from Thursday’s start, Gilmartin or Stauffer to start instead

[NY Post]

Steven Matz was scratched from tomorrow’s start against the Phillies due to additional back stiffness. Sean Gilmartin or Tim Stauffer will likely start in his place.

The team will look to get Steven Matz a start for this weekend against the Nationals. Otherwise, it may not be prudent to put him on the NLDS roster.

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.


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: Yankees 11, Mets 2, Errors undo Robles after strong Harvey start

The Yankees (82-66) defeated the Mets (84-65) by the score of 11-2. Matt Harvey was fantastic in 5 shutout innings, but the wheels came off due to two errors, a 2-run double, and a 3-run home run by the Yankees in the 6th against Hansel Robles. CC Sabathia, after a rough start, shut down the Mets through 6 innings.

The Mets got off to a quick start against CC Sabathia, with back-to-back doubles by Ruben Tejada and David Wright to give the Mets a quick 1-0 lead. Sabathia struck out Yoenis Cespedes and Juan Uribe, before walking Travis d’Arnaud and Lucas Duda to load the bases with 2 outs. The Mets were unable to convert though, as Michael Cuddyer popped out to end the inning.

Matt Harvey was strong through his 5 innings pitched tonight, and allowed only 1 hit (an infield single) and walked 1 while striking out 7 and keeping the Yankees off the board. The Mets had a couple of opportunities with runners at 2nd and 2 outs against Sabathia, but both times, left the runners where they were. After Harvey’s 5 innings were done, the Mets had a 1-0 lead going into the top of the 6th.

During the first 5 innings, Juan Uribe hurt his collarbone while making a diving stop, and would have to come out of the game in favor of Daniel Murphy.

Hansel Robles came in for the 6th, and allowed an infield single/throwing error on Daniel Murphy to lead off the inning. Brett Gardner tried to bunt Jacoby Ellsbury over, but grounded it right to Robles. Robles threw wide to 3rd base, and David Wright missed a catch he should have had, and was charged a missed catch error to put runners on 1st and 3rd for Carlos Beltran. Beltran sent a line drive past Juan Lagares to the center field fence to score two runs and give the Yankees a 2-1 lead. Robles then struck out Brian McCann, walked Greg Bird, and struck out Chase Headley before allowing a 3-run home run to Dustin Ackley to put the Yankees ahead 5-1. Sean Gilmartin finished the inning, but the damage was done.

Sabathia finished his 6th inning, and once again kept the Mets off the board. In the top of the 7th, Eric O’Flaherty allowed a single, a hit-by-pitch, and a walk surrounding a couple outs. Erik Goeddel came in to try and escape the jam, walked in a run, then got Stephen Drew to fly out to end the inning. The Yankees had a 6-1 lead. The Yankees tacked on 5 more in the 8th with 2 singles, 3 walks, a Juan Lagares error (the team’s 4th of the game), and a 3-run home run by Greg Bird (against Carlos Torres and Tim Stauffer).

The Mets tacked on a run in the 8th, but were set aside in the 9th, completing the 11-2 loss.

That was an ugly loss, especially because of how they started against CC Sabathia. You just had a feeling that with that kind of start, Harvey going well, and the Nationals’ win today, this team would step up. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, and the magic number remains at 8 while the Nationals cut the Mets’ division lead to only 6 games. The errors were pretty ugly too, and it’s easy to feel bad for Robles, who probably should have exited the inning without much issue. That being said, he still gave up the double and the home run.

The positive, of course, is Matt Harvey’s strong outing, even if it was cut short. (Another positive, to a lesser extent, was the appearance of Carlos Torres on the mound, his first appearance since his calf injury, even if he did give up a few runs).

From here on out, the Mets have 3 against Atlanta at home, 4 against Cincinnati on the road, 3 against Philadelphia on the road, and 3 against Washington at home. (The Nationals have 3 against Baltimore, 3 against Philadelphia, 1 against Cincinnati, and 3 against Atlanta before that final series). If the Mets can go 6-4 against those three bad teams, the Nationals would have to go 9-1 to make the final series matter. 7-3 would force the Nats to have a perfect record the rest of the season. And who knows, perhaps a decent Baltimore team can take a bite out of their momentum this week.

The Mets take on the Braves tomorrow, with Jon Niese facing Shelby Miller, at 7:10 at Citi Field.

WPA Winner: Matt Harvey (.264)

WPA Loser: Hansel Robles (-.625)

Best Play: David Wright hits an RBI double, Mets up 1-0 (1st inning) (.105)

Worst Plays:

  • Dustin Ackley hits a 3-run home run, Yankees up 5-1 (6th inning)
  • Carlos Beltran doubled, 2 runs score. Yankees up 2-1 (6th inning)

CORRECTION: A previous version of this post had the score as 11-1. It was a long night.

Game Recap: Mets 10, Braves 7 (10), bad bullpen > bad defense

The Mets (82-61) defeated the Atlanta Braves (56-88) by a score of 10-7 in 10 innings. The game was a defensive nightmare for the Mets, the likes of which they have not seen in a long time. It was contagious, affecting everyone from Daniel Murphy to usually-strong defenders Curtis Granderson, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Lucas Duda, and Juan Uribe. Only two official errors were charged to the Mets. However, Daniel Murphy made up for his misplay in the 9th inning with a 2-out 3-run home run to tie the game. The Mets took the lead for good on a Hector Olivera error and a couple bases-loaded walks from the Atlanta bullpen.


The Mets got off to a fast start with a 2-run home run by Michael Conforto after a single by Juan Uribe. The Mets were up 2-0 in the 2nd inning. Kirk Nieuwenhuis doubled to follow, but was caught trying to steal third to cool off the threat. The Braves countered with 2 runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning, after leadoff singles by Nick Markakis and Daniel Castro. The single by Markakis was upheld on review, after Jon Niese‘s throw to first handcuffed Lucas Duda. RBI singles by Adonis Garcia and Andrelton Simmons tied up the game.

In the bottom of the 6th inning, Andrelton Simmons singled to lead off the inning. Christian Bethancourt followed with a ground ball to Juan Uribe which skipped off his glove into left field. A tailor-made double play off the bat, the Braves now had 1st and 3rd with no one out. Niese limited the damage, however, and after a sacrifice fly to Michael Bourn, he retired the next two batters. The Braves took a 3-2 lead.

The Mets came right back in the top of the 7th, after a leadoff walk to Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Nieuwenhuis advanced on a groundout and went to 3rd on a single by Kevin Plawecki. Pinch hitter Michael Cuddyer was hit by a pitch, and Curtis Granderson singled in two runs against left-handed reliever Matt Marksberry. Marksberry got out of the inning without allowing any more runs.

In the bottom of the 7th, Tim Stauffer, his first appearance as a Met, allowed a leadoff single to Daniel Castro. Freddie Freeman followed with a hard ground ball that skipped by Daniel Murphy, putting runners at 1st and 3rd. It was another ball that should have been a double play, but Murphy failed to get his body in front of the ball, and missed while trying to stab at the ball with his glove. What followed was a chopper right back to Stauffer, who elected to get the double play and let the tying run score rather than throw to the plate. The game was tied at 4-4, and after working around a hit batsman, Stauffer got out of the inning.

Top of the 8th, after a 1-out walk to Michael Conforto, pinch runner Eric Young Jr. was thrown out trying to steal second, on a fantastic play by catcher Christian Bethancourt. The Mets were turned aside, and Bethancourt singled against Stauffer to lead off the bottom of the 8th. Dario Alvarez came in and got Michael Bourn out on a sacrifice bunt, hit pinch hitter Nick Swisher with a pitch, and got Nick Markakis to fly out to left. Daniel Castro singled down the left field line to score Bethancourt from 2nd, and Freddie Freeman sent a fly ball to left that Kirk Nieuwenhuis lost in either the sun or the wind. The ball landed foul, and Freeman’s at-bat continued. Freeman walked and Bobby Parnell came in to face Adonis Garcia. Garcia sent a shallow fly ball to right field, and Curtis Granderson slid but lost the ball in the sun. The misplayed single scored two runs to give the Braves a 7-4 lead.

In the top of the 9th, the Braves sent out Peter Moylan for his first save since 2012. Moylan struck out Ruben Tejada and Kevin Plawecki before defensive replacement Juan Lagares doubled to right-center. Ryan Kelly came in to try and get the save, and walked Curtis Granderson before allowing a 3-run home run to Daniel Murphy. That tied the game at 7.

After an easy bottom of the 9th by Parnell, journeyman right-handed pitcher Edwin Jackson came in for the top of the 10th. After getting Juan Uribe to pop out and pinch hitter Yoenis Cespedes to strike out, the wheels came off for Jackson. A walk to Kirk Nieuwenhuis and a single to Ruben Tejada put runners on the corners with 2 outs. What followed was a sharp ground ball to 3rd by Kevin Plawecki, where third baseman Hector Olivera made a nice stop. However, throwing to 2nd to get the forceout, Olivera threw wide, pulling second baseman Daniel Castro off the bag, allowing the go-ahead run to score. The play was upheld on video review. Jackson then proceeded to walk Juan Lagares and Curtis Granderson, forcing in a run. Danny Burawa then entered the game, and after walking Murphy to force in another run, retired Lucas Duda to end the threat. The Mets had a 10-7 lead.

Addison Reed worked around yet another error (this one by Ruben Tejada) in the bottom of the 10th to earn the save.

As Gary Cohen said when calling Murphy’s home run, “this team just doesn’t know how to lose.” What an odd game and what a dramatic win. This was the 7th straight game the Mets have scored 3 or more runs between the 7th and 9th inning.

Aside from the various defensive miscues, today saw bounce-back outings for both Jon Niese and Bobby Parnell. On a day when David Wright, Travis d’Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Tyler Clippard, and Jeurys Familia never even appeared in the game (and Yoenis Cespedes struck out in his only plate appearance), this is a fantastic win.

Coupled with the Nationals’ 5-0 win against Miami, the Mets remain 9.5 games up in the division and reduce their magic number to 11. Rookies Logan Verrett and Justin Nicolino square off tomorrow at Citi Field at 7:10 as the Mets open a 3 game series against the Miami Marlins.

WPA Winners:

  • Kevin Plawecki (.430)
  • Curtis Granderson (.425)
  • Daniel Murphy (.248)
  • Michael Conforto (.198)

WPA Losers:

  • Tim Stauffer (-.251)
  • Dario Alvarez (-.237)
  • Jon Niese (-.172 pitching, -.043 at the plate, -.215 total)
  • Lucas Duda (-.120)

Best Plays:

  • Daniel Murphy hits a 3-run home run with two outs in the 9th inning, ties the game at 7-7. (.384 WPA)
  • Kevin Plawecki reached on a fielder’s choice, error on 3rd baseman Hector Olivera, with 2 outs in the top of the 10th inning. Kirk Nieuwenhuis scores to make it 8-7 Mets. (.352 WPA)
  • Curtis Granderson singles to right with 1 out in the top of the 7th, scoring Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Kevin Plawecki. Mets lead 4-3. (.337 WPA)

Worst Plays:

  • Daniel Castro singles to left with 2 outs in the bottom of the 8th against Dario Alvarez, Christian Bethancourt scores. Braves take a 3-2 lead. (-.306)
  • Freddie Freeman singled to right, Daniel Castro advanced to 3rd. No one out, bottom of the 7th against Tim Stauffer. (This is the play that should have been an error on Murphy (-.212 WPA)