The headline from last night's game is the Mets' hitting barrage of a record-setting eight long balls and 15 extra-base hits. While that is a special feat, the headline from the game should read a little differently: Sean Gilmartin was the player of the game.
Starter Jacob deGrom was lifted after yielding seven runs—six earned—in just two-and-two-thirds innings, and the Mets were in need of someone to put out the fire and keep the Phillies at bay. Sean Gilmartin came in and did just that, tossing three-and-a-third scoreless innings while scattering three hits and punching out four batters. With his scoreless outing, he gave the Mets' offense a chance to get back into the game and, ultimately, win it comfortably.
Although Gilmartin—a Rule 5 draft pick from the Minnesota Twins—is not the lefty relief arm the Mets might have envisioned in spring training, he is proving to be a valuable cog in the Mets bullpen. The 25-year-old has a 2.34 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP, and is holding opponents to a .226 average. Impressively, Gilmartin has only allowed one home run in 42 innings.
The Mets' hitters certainly exploded offensively last night, but let's remember that Gilmartin's pitching gave them the opportunity to do so.