Smith’s Seventh Inning Gives Mets Boost in 4-3 Win to Sweep Marlins

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The New York Mets season has been riddled with tough breaks and bad bounces, but things moved in their favor against the Miami Marlins. An error from the Marlins and a ball nicking of Jesus Aguilar‘s glove in the seventh inning resulted in Dominic Smith‘s RBI single, which gave the Mets just enough to win 4-3 and sweep the Marlins. The whole game was filled with errors as both teams combined for seven errors.

The Mets had themselves a situation they had failed in for a majority of the season. Patrick Mazeika‘s single and error by Jesus Sanchez allowed Jeff McNeil to get to third base with one out. Smith ripped the ball over the first-base bag, and since Aguilar was holding on Mazeika, he reached out his glove to attempt to make a play. If Aguilar let the ball go, it would have gone foul, but instincts took over, and it allowed the Mets to steal a run.

Carlos Carrasco had a typical start for his 2021 season. Miguel Rojas ambushed him on the first pitch to give the Marlins an early run, and the fish tacked on another to make it 2-0 in the first. Carrasco once again settled in after the first inning to put together 5.1 innings allowing three runs and striking out five. Aaron Loup relinquished the lead with two walks in relief but survived the keep the game tied. The following three relievers for the Mets all had hitless outings.

Battling Back

The Mets had their work cut out for them early against Marlins ace Sandy Alcantara but were up to the task. Jonathan Villar took notes from Rojas to drill a leadoff home run on Alcantara’s first pitch. It was the first time in MLB history where both team’s leadoff hitters homered on the first pitch. Mazeika was the only Met with multiple hits and also recorded a double. Francisco Lindor only had an RBI double on the night but could have easily had a couple more hits if he was not hitting the ball at people.

The win is the fifth consecutive for the Mets, and they have an opportunity to move within four games of the first-place Atlanta Braves. On Friday, they will begin a five-game series with the Washington Nationals. Two former Long Island Ducks face-off as Rich Hill takes the mound against Sean Nolin. The first pitch from Nationals Park is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.

 

Mets Finally Get An Easy Win in 7-0, One-Hit Victory Over Reds

In two of the last three games, the New York Mets failed to get multiple innings out of their starting pitcher, and Marcus Stroman gave them the length they desperately needed. Stroman pitched eight dominant innings, holding the Cincinnati Reds to just one hit on the day. It gave Luis Rojas a nice welcome as he returned from his two-game suspension and led the Mets to a 7-0 win.

Stroman had struggled over his last handful of starts but was masterful and efficient from the start. He struck out seven over his eight shutout innings and needed just 90 pitches. Stroman’s sinker/slider combination kept Reds hitters flailing and making weak contact, resulting in nine groundouts. Jeurys Familia finished the one-hit shutout by striking out the side in the ninth inning.

Since the second half started, the Mets offense has found the life it did not have for the first half. All of the seven runs the Mets scored came on home runs. Jonathan Villar opened up the scoring with a second-inning solo homer, and Dominic Smith‘s grand slam in the following inning gave the Mets a 5-0 lead. Luis Guillorme‘s first home run of the season made it a 7-0 game, which was more than enough for Stroman. Only one starting position player failed to record a hit in the series finale.

The win was their 50th of the season pushes the Mets back to over .500 in July. It also guarantees the Mets keep at least a 2.5 game lead over the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East. Despite getting a whole week to rest for the All-Star Break, they get a much-needed day off on Thursday. When they return to Citi Field, they welcome the Toronto Blue Jays into Queens. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.

 

Mets Offense Comes Alive in 8-3 Win Over Yankees

The New York Mets looked like their struggle to score runs would continue against the New York Yankees. Brandon Nimmo wanted nothing to do with that narrative as the Mets offense woke up. They chased Jordan Montgomery in the fifth inning and took advantage of the Yankees bullpen. Three runs in the fifth and five in the sixth were all they needed to take a chilly game one, 8-3.

The Mets failed to take advantage of scoring chances early in the game but ran Montgomery’s pitch count up to 86 in just 4.1 innings. Dominic Smith broke the seal with a fifth-inning single, James McCann followed up with another, and a wild pitch capped off the three-run fifth. In the sixth, three consecutive singles to begin the inning loaded the bases for a Francisco Lindor walk. Smith continued his excellent day with a two-run double, and Kevin Pillar‘s two-run single finished off the scoring.

Walk That Way

Taijuan Walker pitched very well once again as he threw 5.2 innings, allowing two runs, and struck out five. He allowed a home run to Aaron Judge while in the game, and Miguel Castro allowed Walker’s second run on Gio Urshela‘s two-RBI single. Walker pitched five no-hit innings before sitting for 20+ minutes and coming out for the sixth.

When Castro entered the game, he gave the Yankees life by failing to find the strike zone. Jeurys Familia came in fresh off the IL to save the day and struck out three of the four batters he retired. Drew Smith finished off the game with two perfect innings, carving through the heart of the Yankees order.

The loss moves the Yankees to just one game over .500 but found a bright spot in the outing from Michael King. On a day where the bullpen faltered, King was a stabilizer with four shutout innings, allowing three hits and nine strikeouts to save the bullpen for tomorrow’s doubleheader.

Game one of the doubleheader features a supreme pitcher’s duel of Marcus Stroman against Gerrit Cole. The first pitch for the split doubleheader is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. ET from Yankee Stadium.

Smith’s Multi Homer Game Isn’t Enough in Mets 4-3 Walk-off Loss

The series finale between the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves had an exciting start and finish. Atlanta found a way to get to Jacob deGrom in the first inning, and Freddie Freeman found a way to spoil the Mets’ ninth-inning comeback with a walk-off single. The gutsy ninth inning gave the Braves a 4-3 win and a much-needed series win.

The Braves never hit the ball out of the infield off Seth Lugo, but it was enough to scratch out a run. Guillermo Heredia ended up at second after a Lugo throwing error started the inning. Lugo tried to make a hero play as he fell to the ground to field a swinging bunt and flung it into the camera well. Pablo Sandoval moved him over with a ground out, an intentional walk to Ronald Acuna Jr., and Ender Inciarte’s walk after being down 0-2 set the table for Freeman.

He had struck out in every at-bat in the game and made sure it did not happen again. Freeman banked a first-pitch curve off Lugo’s ankle and beat Luis Guillorme‘s throw to first to get the win. Guillorme might have had a play at third base for a force but assumed Acuna Jr. would hustle on the biggest play of the game.

Getting Started Early

It is rare for a starting pitcher to strike out 14 batters and have his worst start of the season. deGrom showed us how it is possible in his dominant outing. The Braves did all of their scoring in the first inning, and it was plenty to survive against the worst scoring offense in baseball.

deGrom had gone 34 consecutive starts without allowing a run in the first inning, but the Braves had other plans. Ehire Adrianza led off with a triple, and NL RBI leader Ozzie Albies drove him in with a single. Austin Riley followed with a two-run home run which was the first first-inning home run against deGrom in almost two years. After the rough first inning, he settled in for another dominant start.

deGrom pitched seven innings, allowing three runs, striking out 14, and retiring 18 straight batters at one point. He also flirted with history again by striking out eight straight Braves. Due to his usual dominance, this was deGrom’s worst of the season but was plenty good enough to deserve a victory.

Matching Zeros

Ian Anderson was the anti-deGrom, needing just two strikeouts in his seven innings of work, and held the Mets to two runs. Pete Alonso gave the Mets an early lead with an RBI single, then Dominic Smith did the rest of the work with two home runs. His second came off Will Smith in the ninth inning to tie the game. James McCann had two hits on the night, but as usual, the Mets offense took a night off.

Luckily the loss does not hurt the Mets division lead with the Washington Nationals losing. On Friday, they begin the Subway Series in the Bronx with the New York Yankees. Taijuan Walker will start against Jordan Montgomery for the 7:05 start from Yankee Stadium.

deGrom Amazes Again in Mets 4-2 Win Over Braves in Game One

New York Mets, Jacob deGrom

Jacob deGrom showed he was just fine in the New York Mets 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves. The Mets ace battled shoulder soreness in his previous start and showed no ill effects as he lit up the radar gun once again. The victory put the Mets six games ahead of the Braves as they head into game two of their doubleheader.

deGrom had everything working for him in five shutout innings and striking out six. He should have allowed no hits but miscommunication between Dominic Smith and Albert Almora Jr. in the outfield resulted in a ground-rule double. deGrom became the first pitcher to undergo an on-field “foreign substance” investigation for MLB’s new initiative. The Mets kept deGrom to just 70 pitches as they continue to treat him as carefully as possible.

Find Ways To Score

The Mets’ offense was lackluster against Braves starter Kyle Muller, who made his first big league start. They played small ball early in the first inning by bunting Jonathan Villar to second on a walk, moving him to third on a flyball, and scoring him on a wild pitch. Muller ended up pitching four solid innings, holding the Mets to a hit and the one run. Smith took care of the final three runs with his double in the bottom of the fifth.

Seth Lugo had the opportunity to complete a six-out save but did not look sharp in his one inning of work. Lugo allowed a two-run home run to Ozzie Albies and was bailed out by instant replay, which turned a Ronald Acuna Jr. hit by a pitch into a strikeout. Edwin Diaz stepped in to get the final three outs of the game and secure his 15th save of the season.

Ian Anderson takes the mound in game two for the Braves against a pitcher to be determined for the Mets. The first pitch from Citi Field should be thrown around 8:15 p.m. ET.

deGrom Leaves Early With Shoulder Soreness in Mets 6-3 Win Over Cubs

New York Mets, Jacob deGrom

The New York Mets got their third straight victory over the Chicago Cubs, but it came with another Jacob deGrom injury scare. deGrom left his start after just three innings with shoulder soreness, but the bullpen stepped up to finish off the rest of the game and secure the win. Ironically, the Mets gave deGrom plenty of run support in the 6-3 victory.

deGrom pitched three perfect innings with eight strikeouts, including his final pitch at 100 mph. Unfortunately, shoulder soreness became the fourth ailment of his season. It is the second consecutive start where deGrom left with an arm issue and sparked the question of whether he needs time off. The Mets cannot keep having him throw shortened starts or continue to pitch without being at 100%. They will need deGrom healthy if they want any shot at winning a World Series.

Hot Offense

The Mets only had five hits but made sure they all counted. Kevin Pillar led the way with a solo home run and an RBI double, and Dominic Smith also homered for the second time in the series. Before he left the game, deGrom also added another RBI single to drive his average up to .423. They also got away with another lackluster night with runners in scoring position, going 1-for-9.

The Mets bullpen cruised through the game, allowing just one run until the ninth inning. Drew Smith allowed a two-run homer in the ninth, which led to Edwin Diaz coming in to complete a one-out save. The Cubs’ offense relied on the home run as it accounted for all three runs, and it has gotten them all their runs in the series. They also struck out at least ten times for the second straight game.

The Mets aim for a sweep of the Cubs as two sinker specialists take the mound for the final game of the series. Kyle Hendricks faces Marcus Stroman for a final 7:10 p.m. start from Citi Field.

Peterson Delivers Six Shutout Innings in Mets 5-2 Win Over Cubs

New York Mets, David Peterson

The series opener for the New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs had plenty of reasons why the Cubs should have won. They had won five straight, Jake Arrieta normally pitches well against the Mets, and David Peterson had been dreadful over his last two starts. Nevertheless, Peterson managed to bounce back to put together a terrific start to lead the Mets to a 5-2 victory.

Peterson pitched with confidence and like he had something to prove throughout the night. It was evident when he reached back for a 96 mph fastball to strike out Kris Bryant in the first inning. Peterson went back to attacking hitters instead of hoping the hitters make weak contact. In six strong innings, he allowed one hit and struck out three on 73 pitches. The strong start dropped his ERA to 5.60 after it was up over six heading into the night.

Arrieta had a career 3.03 ERA against the Mets and lived up to it through the first three innings. After holding the Mets hitless, they broke out against him in the fourth inning. James McCann opened up the scoring with an RBI single, and Kevin Pillar made it a crooked number with his two-run double. Dominic Smith finished off Arrieta in the fifth with his solo home run into the black painted area behind the center field fence.

Confidence in the Matchup

Manager Luis Rojas Smith batted Smith third despite being in an 0-for-20 slump which was a questionable move. Rojas trusted Smith’s 7-for-16 against Arrieta, and the Mets benefitted greatly. Brandon Drury drove in the fifth run with his pinch-hit single in the sixth inning. Drury is now 4-for-8 as a pinch hitter this season.

Trevor May was handed a 5-0 lead to protect in the fifth inning in hopes of working out of his pitching slump. Unfortunately, May struggled once again by allowing back-to-back home runs to Anthony Rizzo and Patrick WisdomMay has seen his ERA jumped from 1.83 to 4.57 over the last month. Luckily, it was all the offense the Cubs had on the night. Edwin Diaz struck out the side in the ninth to pick up his 13th save of the year.

Taijuan Walker faces Alec Mills in game two of the four-game series from Citi Field. The first pitch is scheduled for another 7:10 p.m. ET start.

Mets Blow The Game Twice in 6-5 Loss To The Arizona Diamondbacks

The New York Mets are known for their ugly June’s, and the trend is continuing in 2021. They wasted a 4-0 and 5-4 lead in extra innings to lose to the lowly Arizona Diamondbacks. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak and was a rare off game from the Mets bullpen.

The 10th inning had as much action as any in the game. James McCann made a cameo as a pinch hitter and gave the Mets the lead with a leadoff RBI double. The Mets could not get the insurance run around to score, and it came back to haunt them. Trevor May was called into action for the save after struggling and throwing 26 pitches the previous night. May did not have his best stuff and ended up allowing a two-run double to Pavin Smith, which capped off a terrific night for him. Smith also had a monstrous 435-foot three-run home run earlier in the game.

Overuse?

Rojas had Trevor May, Drew Smith, and Seth Lugo to choose from for the 10th inning. Smith seemed like the option if the game remained tied or the Mets extended the lead. Lugo seemed like an afterthought due to Rojas hoping to open his season in a low leverage situation. May is in the middle of a pitching slump and has allowed runs in four of his last six outings. Despite getting five days off before Monday’s outing, it is clear that he has not been at his best as of late.

Either way, the loss should not have come down to extra innings. Marcus Stroman pitched five stellar innings before his confrontation with Josh Rojas after the fifth inning. Both benches and bullpens cleared, but no further conflict resulted from the gathering. Stroman struggled in the sixth inning by allowing Smith’s homer, moving the score to 4-3, and giving them new life.

Staying Alive

Rojas ended up getting his revenge against Edwin Diaz in the ninth. Nick Ahmed‘s single and error from Billy McKinney allowed him to get to second base to set the table for Rojas. With two-outs, Rojas found the hole between the first and second baseman to tie the game and give Diaz his first blown save of the season. Diaz gave up three hits in the inning, but none were hit particularly hard. The blown save was a case of Diaz getting unlucky with the defensive alignments behind him.

On Monday, Dominic Smith and Francisco Lindor showed signs of their power returning and did it once again tonight. Smith recorded a two-run homer and was robbed of a three-run homer, which resulted in a sacrifice fly. In the ninth, he walked and stole second base, the second of his career. Lindor had just one hit, but it turned out to be an RBI triple that ricocheted off the center-field fence. His average sits at .199 and has risen 16 points in the last five games.

The Mets cannot win every game, but this one is inexcusable to lose. They let the D’Backs hang around, gave them life after the bench-clearing issue, and failed to put the game away numerous times. Luckily the loss does not affect their division lead, which remains at 3.5 after the Atlanta Braves lost. At a 3:40 start on Wednesday, two lefties square off to finish the series. David Peterson takes the mound against veteran Madison Bumgarner.

FOCO Releasing New York Mets Cookie Club Series 2 Bobbleheads

As promised, FOCO is back with another fantastic set of bobbleheads for New York Mets fans. The bobbleheads are part of their New York Mets Cookie Club Series, which dropped last week. This second round of bobbleheads features club members Jeff McNeil, Dominic Smith, and J.D. Davis.

The set of 221 bobbleheads are priced at $50 each; all show the uniqueness of each player. Davis and McNeil have their trademarked finishes on their swings while Alonso is in his relaxed batting stance at the plate. If you have not purchased the first series yet, make sure to get those as well. Both series are hot commodities, so make sure you can pre-order them before they run out!

Mazeika Magic Continues As Mets Win 3-2 For Sixth Straight Victory

New York Yankees, Marcus Stroman

The New York Mets may not be at their best yet this season, but six straight wins say otherwise as they took another W by a score of 3-2 over the Baltimore Orioles. Patrick Mazeika continues to be an unlikely hero for the Mets as his fielder’s choice once again leads to a walk-off victory. Mazeika still does not have a big-league hit yet but has two walk-off wins to his name.

The Mets almost tied it up in the ninth of Orioles’ closer Cesar Valdez, but Kevin Pillar missed the foul by a couple of feet. He combined singles with Jonathan Villar to set the table for a Dominic Smith pinch-hit single to tie the game and allowed Mazeika’s grounder to seal the win.

The walk-off win overshadows the Mets and Orioles pitchers duel on par with the classic Tom Seaver vs. Mike Cuellar duels from the 1969 World Series. John Means made his first start after his no-hitter and was as good as advertised. Means pitched six shutout innings, working around six hits, striking out three, and needing just 74 pitches. Marcus Stroman was once again dominant, holding the Orioles to one run on 6.1 and recording a typical 11 ground outs.

Stroman’s Intensity

Before the ninth, a key moment of the game came in the top of the seventh inning when the Orioles had the bases loaded and one out. Means’ spot in the order was up, and Orioles skipper Brandon Hyde sent up D.J. Stewart to pinch-hit. Mets manager Luis Rojas countered by pulling Stroman and bringing in Aaron Loup for the lefty on lefty matchup. Hyde once again countered with righty, Pat Valaika, and it was checkmate for the Mets. Valaika attacked the first pitch for a sacrifice fly to break the scoreless tie.

When Rojas met Stroman on the mound, both had a lengthy conversation before exiting. It likely had to do with Stroman’s disappointment of leaving a matchup he felt he could have won. Stewart was a slow runner, nursing a hamstring injury, and Stroman’s sinker could have induced the much needed double play.

Injury Concerns

Post-game concerns shift to Jeff McNeil and Albert Almora Jr., who left with injuries. McNeil had a leg cramp but could be available for Wednesday’s game. On the other hand, Almora left the game after crashing into the fence while attempting an incredible catch. He has shoulder pain, and his x-rays came back negative. Almora let fans know he was okay while walking off the field but should be out of commission for a few days.

When teams go on winning streaks of five or more, it takes some tough wins and clutch moments to get it there. They had their tough wins over the weekend with the help of their bullpen, and now they have their clutch win. They will aim for lucky number seven against a familiar face as Matt Harvey makes his first start at Citi Field since leaving the Mets in 2017. Taijuan Walker will start for the Mets at an early 12:10 p.m. ET first pitch.