Takeaways from the Mets 6-5 win over the Phillies on Tuesday…
The Mets came from behind to defeat the Phillies for the second night in a row, this time by the score of 6-5 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Here are my takeaways from the win…
A new day, a new hero.
The Mets had to fight their way to a win in this one, as they couldn’t rely on the outbursts they’ve enjoyed at the plate over the last few days on Wednesday night.
They led 3-0 thanks to a two-run home run by Yoenis Cespedes in the first inning and an RBI double from Noah Syndergaard in the second. But Syndergaard coughed up that lead and the Mets suddenly found themselves behind after three innings.
But the Mets found a way to scratch and claw their way back into the lead in the sixth inning, and today’s hero was a combination of Travis d’Arnaud with his bases loaded, two out walk to tie the game at four a piece, and then Michael Cuddyer followed up with the big blow, a two-run single to plate two more runs and give the Mets a lead.
The Mets pitching has unsurprisingly been sub-par over the last few days, mostly because they’ve been playing in some overly hitter-friendly hitters parks over the last five days. But there is just no fear in this group of Mets, as they somehow keep finding new ways and different people to come through and win a ballgame.
Today they got that contribution from Cuddyer, who has been fantastic since returning from the disabled list and has easily had the best two days of his season during this series.
A fair #ThorsDay.
One bad inning was sandwiched in between four good innings for Syndergaard on Tuesday night. But it was good enough for Syndergaard to earn his first win on the road this season.
He looked really good early, throwing hard and mixing in all of his pitches for the first two innings. But he got one-pitch happy once again in the third inning and allowed a pair of two-run home runs – one to Freddy Galvis and the other to Ryan Howard.
The home run to Howard was aided by an error by Kelly Johnson on the infield which would have ended the inning but instead allowed Odubel Herrera to reach. It prolonged the inning which allowed Howard to take advantage.
Having said that, he was throwing way too many fastballs to Howard in that sequence. He was just waiting for one over the plate, and he did what he’s done so many times to the Mets, and that is steal a lead from them in a big spot.
But after that, Syndergaard was fine. Dan Warthen came out for a chat after the homer from Howard, and he began mixing in his two-seamer, curveball and change-up and began mowing the Philadelphia hitters down again.
So all in all, this was an ok start for Syndergaard. But he’s still lapsing on occasion which is hurting him. Is it mental/physical fatigue? Is it a slump? Is it both? That’s up to the coaching staff and the player to figure out.
Hansel Robles had a very big night for the Mets. He helped bail out Eric O’Flaherty in the sixth inning after another disappointing appearance and got five big outs to stall Philadelphia’ rally in the sixth and quiet their bats in the seventh. He successfully bridged the game to the aces of the bullpen in Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia.
What’s more, he did it pitching in his third consecutive game, and he’s put up zeros in each of those assignments. He was throwing hard, mixing his slider in beautifully, and doing exactly what he should have done which is miss bats, rack up strikeouts, and shutdown the Phillies in a really tough ballpark to pitch in.
It also came with a little excitement, too. He quick-pitched Freddy Galvis which caused Larry Bowa and Jeff Francoeur to get quite animated on the Phillies bench, and there was nearly an incident between the two clubs.
But things settled down, and Robles got the final out of the inning without allowing any damage.
Then, after Tyler Clippard had to earn his paycheck to get two outs in the eighth, Jeurys Familia bailed him out to get the final out of the inning, and go on to get three more for a four-out save in the ninth.
It was an excellent night for the short bullpen, which needed to give the club four innings to secure a win. They came through in a big, yet unconventional way on Tuesday night.
Not giving an inch.
The Nationals have started to gain a little momentum thanks in part to encountering a weak part of their schedule themselves. But the Mets are not giving an inch, and continuing to keep them from gaining any significant ground in this race.
Even though the Mets have distanced themselves to a degree from Washington, they know things can change in a hurry. They’re playing each of these games with that sense of urgency, maintaining a high level of energy day-after-day to ensure their lead can at least be maintained as the Nationals get hot.
That’s a big key in any late-season pennant race.
The Mets have beaten the Phillies for the seventh straight game, have won 22 of their last 27 meetings against the Phillies, including 10 of 11 this season.
Cuddyer is now 11-for-34 with four RBI since returning from the disabled list on August 11.
Travis d’Arnaud went 2-for-3 – he now has five extra-base hits in his last 13 at-bats and is 8-for-24 with seven RBI in six games on their current road trip.
The Mets came from behind for the 30th time this season on Tuesday night, and are 51-8 when scoring four or more runs in a game.
Familia converted his 34th save and his fifth multiple-inning save of the year, combining with the rest of the bullpen to allow only a run in four innings of relief of Syndergaard.