Takeaways from the Mets 9-4 win against the Phillies…
The Mets defeated the Phillies by a score of 9-4 to win the three-game series at Citi Field on Wednesday night. Here are my takeaways from the win…
The Ruben Tejada Show.
How about that? Batting out of the #8 spot in the lineup tonight, Ruben Tejada went 2-for-4, drove in four runs, two on an inside-the-park home run (hat tip to Dominic Brown, who I hope is okay after leaving due to a potential concussion) and scored a run in the Mets victory.
It was a great night for Tejada who had been one of the only Met struggling of late, as he was hitting just .185 in his last seven games prior to Wednesday night.
It’s just been one of those seasons for the Mets. Nearly every night there’s a new hero, sometimes a player that you wouldn’t even expect to get much of anything from. Tonight, that hero was Ruben Tejada. Well done, sir.
While he’s had just over 100 plate appearances in his big league career so far, it may not be too soon to say that Michael Conforto is the real deal. Tonight the 22-year-old outfielder continued his hot hitting as he went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, the 5th of his young career.
After getting off to a bit of a slow start in his first ever big league stint, Conforto’s really turned it on of late as he’s now hitting 311/.396/.567 with five home runs, eight doubles and 17 RBI in his first 31 career games.
Every day he continues to learn, get better and show off that gorgeous, line drive swing of his.
An okay Harvey Day.
Wednesday started off as a prototypical day for Matt Harvey, as he cruised through the first four innings of this game. After being given a 6-0 lead, however, things got a little more difficult for The Dark Knight, as the right-hander wound up going 6.1 innings while allowing nine hits, four earned runs and a walk with nine strikeouts.
For the first time since June 10th, Harvey allowed more than three earned runs in a start, breaking a streak of brilliance where he posted a 0.33 ERA in August and a 1.36 ERA in his last seven total starts.
While it wasn’t the best of Harvey Days, he pitched well enough to get the win as his offense put up nine runs behind him on Wednesday. Overall, it’s been an extremely successful post-Tommy John season for Harvey, who’s ERA is currently at 2.60 this season.
There was a bit of bad news for the Mets on Wednesday, however, as Daniel Murphy exited the game in the 4th inning with what was called mild discomfort in his quad. It is unknown how long Murphy will be out with this injury, but it is worth noting that he missed nearly a month of this season in June with a similar issue.
Other notes from Wednesday:
Yoenis Cespedes went 3-for-5 on Wednesday night and crushed his 28th home run of the season and 10th since being acquired.
Addison Reed made his second appearance with the team and has now retired all six batters he’s faced as a Met.
Eric Young Jr. is now 0-for-1 in stolen base attempts with the Mets this season after being caught in the 7th.
The Mets bullpen combined to pitch 2.2 shutout innings.
With the victory, the Mets are now 14-2 against the Phillies this season.