Takeaways from the Mets 12-5 win against the Reds…
The Mets defeated the Reds by the score of 12-5 on Friday night at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. Here are my takeaways from the win…
More hitting, and more (starting) pitching.
Until the bottom of the eighth inning, this was the nice, relaxing game the Mets needed thanks to a barrage of offense and a phenomenal outing from the starting pitcher.
The Mets jumped out to a 4-0 lead early thanks to an RBI single from Noah Syndergaard and one of three three-run home runs from Lucas Duda in the third and fourth innings.
The Mets then explored for five runs in the fifth thanks in part to another three-run home run from Duda and another RBI hit from Daniel Murphy, his 31st RBI in the seventh inning or later. They tacked on three more thanks to a three-run home run from Curtis Granderson in the eighth.
That was more than enough for Noah Syndergaard, who at one point retired 16 in a row until the eighth inning when he allowed a solo home run to Brennan Bosch. He then allowed a third hit to Jason Bourgeois, which ended his night and Terry Collins brought in Eric O’Flaherty.
That’s when things got dicey, somewhat predictably considering who was pitching.
O’Flaherty allowed an RBI single to Joey Votto, who extended his on-base streak to 42 games with the hit. Then, Collins brought in Bobby Parnell, who allowed three more hits which brought the Reds to within eight runs.
Then, Tim Stauffer added some fuel to the fire when he allowed a solo home run to Adam Duvall to start the ninth inning. He got two outs in the ninth, but allowed two more base runners and Terry Collins decided to turn to Hansel Robles to get the final out. He did, and the Mets secured their second win in a row over the Reds.
It got unnecessarily exciting in the ninth inning, but it all worked out in the end, and the Mets are now on the cusp of finishing off the Nationals and crowning themselves National League East Champions…
It’s Thor’s planet, we’re all just living in it.
So much for that narrative that Syndergaard can’t pitch on the road. He was unbelievable on Friday night.
Things didn’t start out so smoothly for Syndergaard, however. He allowed a leadoff double to Jason Bourgeois in the first inning. But he retired the next three quickly and with relative ease to strand Bourgeois at second. He allowed a one out single to Eugenio Suarez in the second inning, another single to Bourgeois in the third inning, and then the next 16 in a row in scintillating fashion.
His fastball was electric, and the Reds had next to no clue against that thanks to his ability to mix in his change-up and curveball consistently from start to finish. He threw quality strikes, and completely dominated the Reds from the middle of the third inning on.
One of the amazing parts about this outing was that Syndergaard had a ton of strikeouts, yet he was remarkably efficient deep into the ballgame thanks to not walking a single batter throughout the night.
Despite the five runs he allowed last weekend against the Yankees, it would appear skipping Syndergaard earlier this month against the Marlins was just what he’s needed. He’s looked great for the most part, and on Friday he arguably put together his best and most dominant start of the year.
And with just over a week to go, this resurgence in what has really been a fantastic rookie campaign overall for Syndergaard is perfect timing, too.
An offensive awakening.
After struggling to score over the past 10 days, the Mets offense absolutely exploded in Cincinnati on Friday night, thanks in large measure to Lucas Duda. After struggling himself since he came off the disabled list earlier this month, Duda carried the team tonight with a two home run, six RBI performance and now has three doubles and two home runs in his last three games.
Duda is indeed getting hot again, and it couldn’t come at a better time.
But even without Duda’s monster night, this team got contributions from everyone, as they got multiple-hit games from Syndergaard, Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy, all of which had big hits to drive in runs.
While they’re facing a second-division team in the Reds, the Mets had not performed well with the bats over the past week despite facing less-than-stellar pitching. The last two nights were important to get the bats back in action, as the team hit for power and with runners in scoring position.
Down to one.
After all that’s happened throughout the 2015 season, the New York Mets magic number is down to one single game.
It’s truly incredible how far this team has come, after they won 11 straight games in April, fell apart in June and treaded water deep into July, but it was the moves made in that final week before the trade deadline by Sandy Alderson–and some waiver deals after that–which brought this team major contributors in Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson, Tyler Clippard, Yoenis Cespedes and Addison Reed.
Now, it all comes down to tomorrow afternoon, where the Mets have a chance to clinch their first playoff berth and National League East division title in nine long years. This is the moment we’ve all been waiting on for a long, long time.
Let’s go Mets!
Other notes from Friday:
The six RBI tonight tied a career high for Lucas Duda – he has six multiple home run games in 2015.
Curtis Granderson hit a three-run home run in the 8th, his first home run since 8/31.
Yoenis Cespedes went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the win.
The Mets hit three different three-run home runs: two from Duda and one from Granderson.
The Mets have scored three or more runs in each of their last 29 road games, according to Elias, since 1900, only two NL teams have had a longer streak: the 1912 New York Giants (30 games) and the Cincinnati Reds (29 games) in 1995.
Juan Uribe left the game in the 8th inning as a pinch-hitter after re-injuring his chest.
The Mets have won nine straight road games.
The Mets are now 11-20 against the National League Central in 2015, although 13 of those losses are against the Cubs and Pirates.