Takeaways from the Mets 7-0 shutout of the Marlins on Saturday…
The Mets shutout the Marlins by the score of 7-0 on Saturday night in Miami. Here are my takeaways from the win…
A quality bounce back effort.
In what was an absolute circus surrounding the Mets before Saturday’s game against the Marlins, the Mets were able to brush off those distractions and decisively win a critical game to even their series against the Marlins.
With a right-handed-heavy lineup and some questionable choices by Terry Collins starting for the Mets on Saturday night, the club put all of the doubters to shame virtually immediately.
The Mets put on a power display in the first two innings. The barrage began in the first inning with a three-run home run from Travis d’Arnaud, followed immediately by a solo home run from Wilmer Flores to give the Mets an immediate four run lead.
Then in the second inning Juan Lagares contributed an opposite-field two-run home run to push the lead to six, and d’Arnaud came through again with an RBI single to plate Yoenis Cespedes to give the Mets their seventh run of the night.
That’s all Bartolo Colon needed, who was brilliant once again. He just coasted right from the beginning, getting quick outs with his two-seamer perfectly spotted on the corners and down in the zone.
It was a game the Mets absolutely and to have, and they had it. In another season, it seemed like the Mets would’ve been completely flat lined in this game thanks to the distractions and other things taking place off-the-field.
But this is a different group with a lot of poise, focus and character.
The white hot d’Arnaud.
For the last year now, the Mets have been a completely different team with d’Arnaud in the lineup. Unfortunately, he hasn’t played that much this season.
He was a little rusty coming off his second long stint on the disabled list at thee nd of July, and it took him a few weeks to really get going as a result. But since late August, he has been lights out good at the plate.
He’s made an adjustment in his batting stance which has his hands over his head in the ready position, much like Julio Franco used to do only less exaggerated. He says it has eliminated unnecessary movement in his hands when he gets ready to swing at a pitch.
It’s clearly been an excellent solution for him.
If only he could’ve been healthy for most of the year, because he has come into his own as a hitter over the last 14 months, just as the club envisioned he would when they traded R.A. Dickey to get him nearly three years ago.
Three weeks ago, it was a no-brainer to consider Colon as someone being on the outside looking in for a playoff roster spot.
But he has resurrected his season and proven all of the doubters wrong in his last three starts, and been a necessary shoulder for a struggling pitching staff to lean on every five days.
He now has to be in the discussion for a roster spot a month from now.
He was brilliant on Saturday, dazzling the Marlins with an array of fastballs. It was nothing fancy, although it was incredibly efficient, delivering a complete game shutout, really helping to rest a bullpen which has been really overtaxed over the last month.
He is an inspiration to pitchers young and old at any level, and awfully entertaining whenever the camera is on him whether its on the mound or at the plate. For anyone who is tired this time of year, feels some aches and pains, and needs just a little bit of motivation, just watch Bartolo Colon pitch every five days, and this last start in particular.
And that includes people on the Mets roster.
It was just a wonderful, and very necessary performance from Colon. He gave the Mets precisely what they needed just in terms of changing the discussion away from innings limits and alienation and back to winning baseball. It was leadership by example on Saturday from Colon in tremendous fashion.
Other notes from Saturday:
Colon became the first Met to throw a complete game in 2015. It’s the first complete game by a Met since Zack Wheeler on June 19, 2014 against the Marlins in Miami.
It was Colon’s first shutout since July 21, 2013 and the 13th of his career.
Colon extended his scoreless streak to 25 innings. According to Elias, Colon’s 25 inning scoreless streak is the longest such streak for a pitcher 42 years old and older since Hoyt Wilhelm had a 25 1/3 inning scoreless streak in 1967.
Colon (42 years, 104 days) is the oldest Met with a complete game since Warren Spahn threw five complete games at age 44 in 1965. He is the oldest Met to pitch a shutout.
Saturday marked the 12th shutout victory for the Mets.