Takeaways from the Mets 5-3 win over the Orioles on Tuesday…
The Mets defeated the Orioles by the score of 5-3 on Tuesday night in Baltimore. Here are my takeaways from the win…
Just what the doctor ordered.
The Mets got precisely what they needed from Jacob deGrom on Tuesday: a crisp, clean, uneventful effort for seven innings, bridging the game to the better relievers in the bullpen in the eighth and ninth inning.
He really cruised outside of the first inning. He had a tiny bit of trouble finding his command and groove, something which isn’t terribly uncommon for power pitchers. But he did find it, and the Orioles had no chance at that point.
He had a tremendous rising fastball tonight, and he was throwing a variety of curveball and sliders which were both dropping way off the table and completely changing the eye level of the hitter all night long.
The most important part about this game was deGrom came out and did exactly what an ace needed to do in this situation, which was quiet the concerns and end the losing streak. He did just that, in splendid fashion at that.
The Grandy man did it, thrice.
Curtis Granderson had another great night at the plate, slugging two home runs including his seventh leadoff homer of the season. His bat was the clear cut difference tonight, this coming after a very fruitless week against mostly southpaws from the Rockies and Pirates.
It seems like he needed a game like this, especially since he was facing the righty Kevin Gausman. Ironically enough, Gausman is a sinker-baller who doesn’t give up too many home runs. He gave up two tonight to the Mets most consistent hitter this season, and they were both enormous for the club.
He then made a leaping catch in the eighth inning on a ball off the bat of Gerardo Parra, who homered earlier in this game against deGrom. That saved an extra-base hit, probably a run, and Adam Jones coming up as the go-ahead run. Tremendous, clutch play.
There were some folks legitimately worried about the Mets after being swept by the Pirates. A portion of it is justified in that they didn’t lead at all in a series at home, didn’t hit very much in the three games, and threw away Sunday’s game in embarrassing fashion. But, they played really well for 2 1/2 games this past weekend, which is an indication they had not regressed despite coming up short.
They showed up today and played with a ton of energy and life, clearly putting that lost weekend behind them. They’ve done an excellent job this season putting out these fires and washing away problem games, and tonight was no different. And they did so against a red hot team in the Orioles in their ballpark, two things which are not easy to do to begin with.
What a mess in that Met bullpen.
That was the toughest 27th out for the Mets in a long time, fortunately it worked out for them.
But needless to say, the performance of this bullpen has reached an alarming state. It’s not as if Sandy Alderson can just replace everybody with 43 games to go. Yes, the Mets gave an out away which helped cause that mess, but this is going to have to be ironed out with those who are here, and quickly…
Other notes from Tuesday:
DeGrom lowered his ERA to 1.98 ERA for the year after allowing a run in 7 2/3 innings on Tuesday. He has a 1.44 ERA since May 16.
Granderson hit his seventh leadoff home run of the season in the first inning.
Daniel Murphy recorded two opposite field doubles – his 25th and 26th of the season – and two RBI on the night.
The Mets went hitless in six attempts with runners in scoring position on Tuesday – they’re now 0-for-22 with runners in scoring position since Friday.
The Mets improved to 46-7 when scoring four or more runs in a game.
The Mets defeated the Orioles for the ninth consecutive time.