Takeaways from the Mets 9-4 win against the Phillies…
The Mets defeated the Phillies for a third straight day, this time by the score of 9-4 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Here are my takeaways from the win…
Bart comes up big.
In arguably his best performance in months, Bartolo Colon came up big for the Mets in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Colon has struggled mightily since May, and the Mets starters as a hole have been a bit shaky on this road trip, for Bart to do what he did today was a terrific sign.
His two-seamer had a ton of movement all night and while he did uncharacteristically walk a pair, he mowed through this Phillies lineup all night long. After allowing three hits in the 1st inning, the Phillies never really threatened against Bart. In seven innings pitched, Colon allowed five hits, two walks and no earned runs while striking out eight.
Overall, a very positive night for Colon.
Where has this guy been? All of a sudden, the Mets are seeing the Michael Cuddyer they thought they were getting when they signed him to a two-year, $21M contract this past winter.
After he was 1/8 of the home run barrage on Monday and came through with the big pinch-hit single last night, Cuddyer delivered once again tonight as he went 3-for-5 with a double, home run, three RBI and two runs scored.
For the majority of this season, Cuddyer just wasn’t hitting the ball with any authority. Most of his at-bats resulted in him making weak contact or pounding the ball into the ground for an out. Lately though, it’s been anything but as the last few nights Cuddy has been hitting the ball with plenty of thunder, which was especially on display tonight when he blasted a two-run shot into the second deck on a 3-0 pitch.
Since coming off the disabled list, Cuddyer is now batting .359 with two doubles, two home runs and six RBI.
The one negative from tonight’s game was the continued struggles of left-handed reliever Eric O’Flaherty. Once again tonight he entered a game with a big lead and turned it into a nail biter.
When the Mets acquired him from Oakland, it was known that he struggled mightily against right-handed batters. Since they got him, however, O’Flaherty hasn’t shown the ability to get anyone out as he allowed three runs in tonight’s game and all three left-handed batters he faced to reach base.
Terry Collins begrudgingly had to go to set-up man Tyler Clippard eventually, who bailed O’Flaherty (and Carlos Torres) out. Since being acquired by the Mets, left-handed hitters are batting .444 against O’Flaherty.
After O’Flaherty and Torres combined to make a once six-run lead and uncomfortably close 6-4 game, the Mets offense immediately went back to work in the 9th inning.
With Juan Lagares on first and nobody out, Curtis Granderson ripped a ball into right field that, ordinarily, would have just been a single. Instead, though, Grandy put on the jets and hustled to second where the Phillies committed an error trying to get him out, Granderson was safe and Lagares scored the big tack on run.
The next man up was Yoenis Cespedes who promptly hit one into right field to score Granderson, but that wasn’t enough for him, as Cespedes flashed his speed and raced to third for a hustle triple, which eventually resulted in another Mets run.
You’ve got to love the aggression on the base paths by both Granderson and Cespedes tonight. Not only did they each deliver with big hits, but they also used their baseball smarts and their legs which created extra runs for this team. It’s little things such as this that help you win games.
Other notes from Wednesday:
The Mets have beaten the Phillies for the eighth straight game, have won 23 of their last 28 meetings against the Phillies, including 11 of 12 this season.
With the win, Bartolo Colon’s record this season is now 11-11.
Juan Uribe went 1-for-2 with two walks and an RBI on Wednesday night.
Michael Conforto went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, raising his average to .271 this season.
Tyler Clippard recorded his second save with the Mets, striking out two in 1.1 innings pitched.
The Mets extended their NL East lead over the Nationals to a season-high 6.5 games.