The Mets beat the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon in a game that often revolved around Michael Cuddyer. The 36-year-old went 3-for-3 with a walk, scored twice, misplayed a ball badly in left field to cost the Mets a run, and drove in the eventual game-winning run shortly thereafter.
Noah Syndergaard got the start for the Mets, and his final line doesn’t quite do his day justice. He went six-and-two-thirds innings, struck out three, walked one, and gave up four runs, all of which were earned. That final run scored after Syndergaard was pulled in favor of Hansel Robles on a Mookie Betts bloop that Cuddyer failed to catch in shallow left field towards the foul line, as he wasn’t anywhere near it before it fell to the ground. And Bradley wound up with a triple on the play, as nobody covered third base.
Syndergaard’s biggest mistake of the day came on a 3-1 fastball that he served up to David Ortiz, who quickly drilled it into the front of the Pepsi Porch to give the Red Sox a 2-1 lead in the top of the sixth inning. Earlier in the game, though, it was Syndergaard who singled to drive in the Mets’ first run.
As for the other runs, Daniel Murphy singled and Cuddyer drew his walk to begin the bottom of the sixth before Juan Uribe hit a long double to drive them both in and give the Mets a 3-2 lead. One out later, Anthony Recker singled to plate Uribe. And with two outs in the seventh inning, Murphy stole second base, and Cuddyer lined a single through the left side of the infield to bring him home.
Tyler Clippard, who came in for Robles to get the final out of the seventh, pitched a scoreless eighth. Jeurys Familia’s stuff looked as nasty as it ever has in the ninth, but he walked a tightrope to get through the inning unscathed after Ruben Tejada hesitated and turned what should have been the first out of the inning into a leadoff infield single. There were runners on first and third when Familia struck out Mookie Betts to end the game.
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Win Probability Added
Big winners: Michael Cuddyer, +41.1% WPA, Juan Uribe, +32.8% WPA, Tyler Clippard, +17.5% WPA, Jeurys Familia, +13.6% WPA, Noah Synergaard (hitting), +10.1% WPA
Big losers: Hansel Robles, -24.1% WPA, Noah Syndergaard (pitching), -17.7% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Juan Uribe’s two-run double in the sixth, +29.3% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: David Ortiz’s two-run home run in the sixth, -38.4% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -10.6% WPA
Total batter WPA: +60.6% WPA
GWRBI!: Michael Cuddyer