Takeaways from the Mets 4-3 win over the Marlins on Monday…
The Mets came from behind to defeat the Marlins by the score of 4-3 on Monday night at Citi Field. Here are my takeaways from the win…
Yet another battle.
Another night, another fight for the Mets. This time, it was against a Marlins team doing whatever they can do to serve as a spoiler down the stretch of the season. They’re doing a pretty good job of it, too.
The Mets got off to a rollicking start in this one thanks to another home run from Yoenis Cespedes in the third inning. But the Mets bats went mostly silent against Justin Nicolino, who kept the Mets off-balanced with a bevy of off-speed pitches down and out of the zone.
But the Marlins had no answer for Logan Verrett who only allowed a run in five innings of work, either.
But the Marlins did get to what was clearly a rusty Sean Gilmartin who hadn’t worked in ten days. They cracked him for two runs in the sixth inning and suddenly, the Mets found themselves trailing.
And again, the Mets fought back thanks to a two-run home run to Travis d’Arnaud who has quietly been the best offensive catcher in baseball since he returned from the disabled list, and it’s not even close.
Then in the seventh inning with two outs and two on, David Wright sailed a ball over Christian Yelich’s head for a ground rule double – his second double of the evening – to plate Eric Young Jr., who pinch ran for Wilmer Flores who drew a one out walk.
Another comeback was complete, as the Mets did not look back after another resilient showing, this time in front of the home crowd, and delivering the club’s eighth consecutive win in the process.
Who needs Matt Harvey?
Verrett has certainly answered the call for the Mets each time they’ve asked him to spot start Harvey. He’s allowed two runs in 13 2/3 innings in his two starts, eating up these necessary innings while they rest their ace right-hander.
The key for Verrett’s success in both of these starts has been his ability to command his change-up. He has good movement with that pitch at the knees and below, and he’s able to induce swings and either misses or insignificant contact with that pitch.
What’s more, he gets a lot of quick outs because he’s around the strike zone with good movement down.
He certainly deserves a lot of credit, if not an opportunity to start somewhere at the big league level. He’s no ace, but he’s showing to be a very serviceable right-handed arm on a major league squad. And for the Mets, he’s doing them a tremendous service and filling Harvey’s shoes nicely in these moments of reprieve.
Tip of the captain.
For what David Wright has been through not just this year for his back, but just in general since witnessing the club fall apart in two consecutive years in 2007 and 2008, it’s so easy to be happy for him when he has a big night and is a difference maker for a win, like he was tonight.
He made a great defensive play to save extra bases in the middle of this one, and his seventh inning double serve as the game-winning RBI for the Mets to dust the Marlins in what was really a well played game by Miami.
There’s no way to know what Wright is going to be from this point forward. Not even he knows what to ultimately expect. But he works tirelessly just to be able to play on a daily basis, and all of that hard work appears to be paying off for him.
For what he’s dealt with and has tolerated over the last eight years, it’s hard to find anyone more deserving of what is transpiring in Flushing in 2015.
Imagine if Travis d’Arnaud had been here the whole year. For some perspective, he’s hit .285 with 21 home runs and 70 RBI in 121 games since being recalled from the minor leagues on June 24, 2014 last year.
He was a little rusty when he returned from his second stint on the disabled list, but he’s been lights out good overall since August 1, by far outperforming every catcher in the game during that span.
He’s got those quick hands and level swing working all the time. It’s so rare to see him get fooled by an off-speed pitch and he’s shown such a good eye at the plate as well which has allowed him to be selective and wait for his pitch. And he has taken advantage most every time he has gotten his pitch, as he did on Monday when he tied the game with a two-run home run in the sixth inning.
The Mets just have to find a way to keep him on the field, as he is a star in the making…
Peeling another sticker.
The Mets ticked another game off the schedule, and ticked down their magic number as well.
It’s becoming inevitable. It’s almost hard to grasp.
Every night there’s a different hero (or set of heroes), and every night there’s a must-see moment for this club. Once again, it was Cespedes putting on a light show, but the defining moment in this one came from an old friend and the symbol of perseverance, David Wright.
What will tomorrow bring? That’s what’s so fun about this club. So stay tuned…
Other notes from Monday:
Curtis Granderson has walked in ten straight games.
Jeurys Familia notched his 41st save with a scoreless ninth inning. He has a 0.50 ERA in 18 innings since August 10.
The Mets came from behind to win for the 38th time in 2015. They have 16 come-from-behind wins since August 1, the most in baseball during that span.
The Mets are now 23-7 against National League East opponents at Citi Field, 45-20 overall in 2015.