The Mets got back to .500 on the season with a dominant win against the Phillies on Monday night. Noah Syndergaard gave up just a run in seven innings, and Mets hitters hit four home runs, two of which were hit by David Wright. With that, the Mets’ record is now 6-6 on the season.
Both of Wright’s home runs were of the opposite field, solo variety. The first one came in the first inning to put the Mets on the board, and the second capped the Mets’ scoring in the top of the ninth. On top of that, Wright made a fantastic barehand play on a slowly-hit ground ball behind the mound for an out in the game. To watch Wright do great things at the plate and in the field is really a treat, and on the season, he is now hitting .289/.426/.526 with a 162 wRC+.
Syndergaard was no slouch, of course. He struck out eight, walked two, and gave up one run on five hits. His four-seam fastball averaged 99.2 miles per hour and topped out at 102.1, according to Brooks Baseball. His two-seam fastball averaged 100.1 and topped out at 102.3. His slider averaged 93.0 miles per hour and topped out at 95.4. Merely listing numbers isn’t often interesting, but the numbers here are just absurd.
In terms of results, Syndergaard threw 94 pitches, 64 of which were strikes. He got Phillies hitters to swing and miss 17 times, a rate of 18.1 percent. Three starts into the season, he has a 0.90 ERA and 0.81 FIP with 13.05 strikeouts and 1.80 walks per nine innings.
Believe it or not, those weren’t the only highlights from the game for the Mets. With two outs In the sixth inning and the game tied at one, Yoenis Cespedes tripled down the right field line. Lucas Duda broke the tie with a double, a well-hit ball to left field that Phillies left fielder David Lough got his glove on but could not catch. If he had caught the ball, it would have been an amazing play. This wasn’t one of those times that a hitter got credit for a double just because outfielders are rarely charged with errors on fly balls.
On top of that, Duda hit a home run into the second deck in the top of the eighth inning to extend the Mets’ lead by a run. Neil Walker came up next, and batting left-handed, he hit an opposite field home run to give the Mets a 5-1 lead.
The Mets’ bullpen didn’t let the team down, either. Antonio Bastardo struck out three and walked one in the eighth inning. Jeurys Familia allowed a couple of hits to start the ninth, and he evenutally allowed one run to score, but he struck out two in the frame.
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Big winners: Noah Syndergaard, +34.5% WPA, Lucas Duda, +25.6% WPA
Big losers: Kevin Plawecki, -10.2% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Lucas Duda doubles to score Yoenis Cespedes with the go-ahead run in the sixth, +16.8% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Odubel Herrera singles to tie the game in the third, -7.2% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +40.9% WPA
Total batter WPA: +9.1% WPA
GWRBI!: Lucas Duda