Takeaways from the Mets 16-7 win over the Phillies on Monday…
The Mets defeated the Phillies by the score of 16-7 on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Here are my takeaways from the win…
Too legit to quit.
In what looked like a lost night for the Mets real quickly, the Mets sent a tornado through Citizens Bank Park with their bats, slugging seven home runs in what was a convincing beatdown of the Phillies, a team that has played really well lately.
First they were down 3-0 thanks to a three-run home run from Ryan Howard and a poor call by home plate umpire Tom Hallion in the first inning. But the Mets sent a warning shot across Philadelphia’s bow in the second inning when David Wright hit an absolute bomb into the upper deck in left field.
Then after they were down 4-1, Juan Lagares homered in the third inning to make it 4-2.
Then, after Jacob deGrom allowed another three-run home run, this time to Domonic Brown in the third inning, the Mets clearly decided enough was enough.
They opened up the firing with a three run barrage of their own in the fourth inning thanks to a two-run home run from Wilmer Flores and a solo home run from Travis d’Arnaud. Then in the fifth inning, the Mets hit two more home runs – Flores hit his second of the night in the form of a three-run shot, which gave the Mets the lead for good. Even Michael Cuddyer joined the party with a solo home run to follow suit.
The Mets did not look back from there. And things got really fun for the Mets offense.
Daniel Murphy joined the home run parade with a long two-run shot to right, and D’Arnaud doubled in two runs in the sixth. And just for good measure, Juan Lagares snuck a run scoring single over the first base bag in the seventh inning to give the Mets their third 14-run game in the last four games.
All-in-all, eight home runs, and clearly no fear of any deficit.
They just don’t quit. It doesn’t matter what the score is, or how bad a performance is on the mound. They fight to the death every single night, win or lose.
And these days, they win most of the time because of it.
The majestic captain.
What a triumphant return it was for Wright. He hit an absolute moon shot in his first at-bat since April 15. He also had a well-struck single and a walk with two strikeouts. Yes, he has a major back problem, but he looked both refreshed and energized and ready to contribute to what is shaping up to be a special season for his Mets. He did make a couple of errors, but that’s simply a product of having to catch up to the speed of the game. It will come.
All in all, this was a magnificent return for David Wright.
He’s not going to have nights like this every night, of course. But, its certainly a relief to know he is still capable of being productive at a high level. His swing looked short, he showed his patented quick hands, he worked some quality at-bats, and he was right in the middle of the fun on Monday night in a place he loves hitting in.
Welcome back, Captain.
Sean Gilmartin, the unsung hero.
This man saved the day for the Mets, and deGrom owes him a nice Philly cheesesteak sandwich after this one.
Gilmartin was stunningly good on Monday night, picking of deGrom with 3 1/3 innings of three-hit ball. He didn’t walk anyone, struck out four, and shut the door on the Phillies which allowed the Mets to sink their teeth into the Phillies pitching staff for 12 unanswered runs.
He has really found a niche for himself in this long relief role. He was looked at as a possibility for the lefty specialist job early in the year, but it just wasn’t for him. Instead, he’s best suited as a crossover reliever, and he’s really thrived in particular in multiple inning situations this season. He’s been a quiet, unsung hero for the Mets all year long, and probably doesn’t get nearly enough credit for the job he’s done.
Not so deGrominant.
Not all of the runs he allowed were his fault necessarily. He was the victim of a bad call early which allowed Howard to hit the three-run home run off of him in the first. But he just didn’t have it at all tonight.
DeGrom had good velocity, but he had no command of his fastball or slider. Everything was dead center in the middle of the plate.
It’s just one of those nights for deGrom, but his candidacy for the Cy Young Award probably took a hit with this clunker.
The good news is, this really wasn’t the story for the Mets.
What is the story, however, is a month ago, the Mets just don’t win this game.
Other notes from Monday:
The eight home runs the Mets hit set a new franchise record.
This was Flores first multiple-home run game since September 16, 2014 against the Marlins.
The Mets have scored 47 runs in their last four games, and 56 runs in six games on this road trip.
The Mets have hit 17 home runs and 26 doubles in their last six games. They set a franchise record for extra-base hits with 14 on Monday.
Flores notched his ninth game-winning RBI of the season with his three-run home run in the fifth inning.
The Mets came from behind to win for the 29th time this season on Monday.