Takeaways from the Mets 5-1 win over the Rockies on Sunday…
An early romp, and then some coasting.
Things were a little more modest in the run scoring department on Sunday afternoon, but
The Mets got going in a hurry again on Sunday thanks to a run scoring double from Daniel Murphy in the first. The Mets then scored two runs on wild pitches from David Hale in the second inning and an RBI single from Wilmer Flores and an RBI double from Anthony Recker.
That was all the Mets could muster against Hale, who along with catcher Dustin Garneau, looked miserable early on in this game.
The Mets actually struck out way too often in this game. They struck out five times through the first two innings, nine times total, and couldn’t get much going with runners in scoring position. But all is well that ends well for the Mets in the end.
Logan Verrett, the pitching master.
Was Verrett a breath of fresh air on Sunday or what? He was absolutely fantastic, perhaps surprisingly given what has happened over the last two nights.
He had a great slider and change-up working down in the strike zone, and that’s where he needs to be in that ballpark. With that strategy, he successfully shut the door on the Rockies in unlikely fashion, considering he was spot starting for Matt Harvey, had never had a big league start in his life, and he was pitching in an environment best described as unstable.
He certainly shut the naysayers – including yours truly – right up with his performance. I happily stand corrected.
He seemed to have an idea on how to be successful right from the beginning in this start. He looked nervous at the beginning in the first inning, but he got a double play ball hit to Daniel Murphy to help stall a rally from the Rockies. From there, he went on cruise control, only allowing a fourth inning home run to Carlos Gonzalez.
It’s worth mentioning Verrett has spent the entire year pitching in the Pacific Coast League, which seems significant as he had a very good idea about what to do to succeed in the hitter-friendly conditions at Coors Field.
On top of everything else, he gave the bullpen a much needed day off.
Surprisingly, pitching was the story on Sunday for the Mets. Verrett easily wins the Cy Young Award for the weekend, and it’s not even close.
Just a job well done.
The Mets did exactly what they had to do. That was go into Denver, outslug the Rockies who are well trained to succeed in their home ballpark, and grab three games against a second division team. It was a really entertaining series to watch too, as the Mets put on an offensive display, took advantage of every last mistake the Rockies made (and they made a ton of them this weekend). It wasn’t easy, and really wasn’t natural baseball by any means, but wins are wins, and the Mets got it done this weekend against a team clearly out of focus, to say the least.
Other notes from Sunday:
The Mets swept a season series from the Rockies for the first time in franchise history, going a perfect 7-0 against Colorado and outscoring them 56-24 in 2015.
The Mets swept a series in Denver for the first time in franchise history.
Recker recorded his first RBI since June 3 in San Diego.
Michael Conforto went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored on Sunday.