Takeaways from the Mets 8-1 win over the Reds on Sunday…
The Mets defeated the Reds by the score of 8-1 on Sunday afternoon at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. Here are my takeaways from the win…
So much for hangovers.
The Mets stormed their way through Great American Ballpark this weekend, capping a four-game sweep with another dominant win over the Reds on Sunday.
And on Sunday, the Mets did it with a makeshift and very abbreviated lineup.
The Mets got off to a fast start with a run in the first thanks to a run scoring double from Michael Conforto in the first inning. Then the Mets plated a pair of runs in each of the second and third innings thanks to Dilson Herrera’s two-run home run and a two-run single from Jacob deGrom, who reached base three times on the afternoon.
Then after a brief break in a scoreless fourth inning, the Mets went right back to work in the fifth inning thanks to a pair of walks to Herrera and Eric Campbell, and error from left fielder Ivan De Jesus Jr. to plate Campbell, and an RBI single from Juan Lagares to plate Herrera.
Kevin Plawecki capped the scoring in the sixth inning with a solo home run, completing a dominant weekend – and season series – for the Mets against the Reds.
Between the (much needed) great pitching of deGrom and another convincing day at the plate, the Mets will fly to Philadelphia this evening in celebratory fashion.
That was just what the doctor ordered from deGrom.
He delivered a badly needed stellar start against the Reds on Sunday, featuring that familiar electricity on his fastball and slider, a heavy change-up diving out of the zone, and that typical crispness and efficiency people are accustomed to seeing from the sophomore right-hander.
His slider in particular was wicked with tight movement towards the outside corner to right-handed hitters. He missed a lot of bats as a result, and blew threw the Reds with relative ease until the sixth inning, when he appeared to fade a little bit.
But he really emphasized his change-up as well, which was a big key for him overall.
This was a big start for deGrom, as he needed to put to bed any notion he might be dealing with mental and/or physical fatigue as the team readies for October. As was the case with Noah Syndergaard earlier this month, the rest seem to be just what deGrom needed to get his act together, whether he believed he needed the rest or not.
Even before this game, the Mets had a better looking lineup than anything they were able to feature before July 25. As it turns out, it was almost as productive as their division-clinching lineup from Saturday afternoon.
The Mets got big days out of Herrera, Conforto, Eric Campbell, Kevin Plawecki, and Juan Lagares. All of them with the exception of Conforto have struggled mightily over the course of the season at various times with the Mets.
It was particularly nice to see Herrera not only starting on Sunday, but having that big day and looking like the player everyone expects him to eventually become. He had a big year under Wally Backman at Triple-A Las Vegas, and on Sunday he showed Terry Collins and the front office he can be equally as electric at this level.
The bullpen tryout begins.
The Mets need to begin to evaluate how to construct their Division Series roster, and they were able to take a good look at some of their secondary pieces in their bullpen for possible roles next month.
Obviously, the formula is going to be Addison Reed, Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia as the primary weapons in the playoffs. But the Mets are going to need understand where some of these other guys fit.
So it is to be expected the final week of the season to feature a lot of those second-tier arms, as was the case on Sunday. They got a good showing from Erik Goeddel, and effective enough outings from both Sean Gilmartin and Bobby Parnell, the latter having very small odds – if any – of making the postseason roster.
But the Mets have this luxury of a little time to take a look and let some of these guys earn their keep ahead of the playoffs.
That’s not a bad thing at all.
Other notes from Sunday:
The Mets improved to 13-4 at Great American Ballpark since 2011. The Mets went a perfect 7-0 against the Reds in 2015, outscoring them 47-17 in the seven games. It is the first time the Mets have ever swept a season series from the Reds.
The Mets have scored three or more runs in 31 straight home games, the longest such streak in baseball history dating back to 1900.
The Mets now have 89 wins, matching their mark from the 2008 season.
The Mets finished their season 13-20 against the National League Central, although they’re 0-13 against the Pirates and Cubs.
The Mets extended their franchise mark to 11 straight wins on the road, improving to 30-11 on the road since July 1, the best road record in baseball during that span.
Mets starting pitchers did not walk any batters in this four-game series.
The Mets are now 71-11 when scoring four or more runs in a game.