The Mets opened a four-game set at Citi Field on Wednesday, beating the Marlins 7-5. Here are my takeaways from tonight’s game…
How about that offensive showing? After trailing 3-0 early and looking hapless at the plate for a few innings against Jarred Cosart, the Mets offense got going into gear and wound up scoring seven runs in the game.
What really jumpstarted the offense tonight was Wilmer Flores who hit a game-tying, 3-run home run in the 5th inning, a hit he sorely needed. Flores has struggled both in the field and at the plate, so for him to not only get his first longball of the season but his first RBIs of the season as well, and for them to tie the game, was big.
After giving up the lead the following half inning, the Mets once again responded, this time with an RBI single from Michael Cuddyer and a go-ahead sac fly in a terrific at-bat from Eric Campbell, who was initially down 0-2.
In a tie game with two outs in the 7th, Lucas Duda, who’s scoring hot right now, delivered once again with an RBI single to once again give the Mets the lead. Better yet, this hit came against another lefty, this time it was Miami reliever Matt Dunn, who had walked two batters earlier in the inning. Cuddyer added an infield single to drive in the Mets 7th and final run of the night.
This team, without David Wright, has been hitting lately, now scoring 6+ runs in three consecutive games. It’s the first time they’ve done that at Citi Field since September 24-27, 2012, when they did it in four straight games.
Dillon Gee wasn’t great again.
In 10 games this season, the Mets have eight quality starts. The only starter not to pitch a quality start? Dillon Gee. While he did strike out seven Marlins tonight, Gee remained to be shaky, allowing four earned runs on five hits, two walks and a pair of home runs in 5.2 innings pitched.
Once again Gee, despite a low pitch count, struggled once he entered the 6th inning, as it was the third time he was seeing this Miami line-up. There were two outs in the 6th with nobody on, but Gee couldn’t get out of it, walking Giancarlo Stanton–who homered off him in the 1st–allowing a single to Martin Prado and then issuing another walk, this time to Michael Morse.
Right now, and really throughout his entire career, Dillon Gee is and has been a 5-6 inning pitcher, and even as a 5th starter, I think the Mets are going to need a little bit more than that. Gee took a no decision in the Mets victory.
They overcame an overturned call at home plate.
There was a bizarre sequence in the top of the 7th when Ichiro Suzuki was on 3rd base. On a sharp ground ball, Daniel Murphy made a nice stop, but also made an offline throw to home plate. This resulted in Ichiro dancing around the tag of Travis d’Arnaud and diving into home plate–twice. The initial call ruled that Ichiro was out, but after a nearly six minute video review, the umpires overturned the call.
While the SNY telecast didn’t show a conclusive angle of Ichiro avoiding the tag, I was able to find this shot here, clearly showing Ichiro avoiding Travis’ tag.
Yes, the above image does not show Ichiro touching the plate either. At the end of the day, the ruling was the ruling and it didn’t matter, because the Mets took this game out of the officials hands and into their own when they scored a pair of runs to re-take the lead in the following half-inning.
Other notes from Thursday:
Lucas Duda went 3-for-4 with an RBI, the game-winning hit, in the victory.
Rafael Montero struggled in relief, allowing a run to score on a bases loaded walk in the 6th. He was charged with one run (unearned) in 0.2 innings of work.
Jerry Blevins earned his first win as a Met out of relief, and still hasn’t allowed a hitter to reach base safely this season.
Carlos Torres and Jeurys Familia combined to pitch two shutout innings to close out the game.
This is the latest date the Mets have been in sole possession of first place since May 1, 2010.
The Mets have scored six runs or more in three consecutive games at Citi Field for the first time since they did so four straight times from September 24-27, 2012.