A long-accepted remedy to a rough week is Brews on a Friday night. That worked well enough for New York, as they took down the Milwaukee Brewers, 3-2.
After taking some time off to rest his elbow, Steven Matz looked his usual self, other than a first-inning hiccup where he challenged Chris Carter with a two-strike heater down the middle:
But not to worry: his battery mate Rene Rivera had his back. In the bottom of the second, Rivera's RBI ground out cut the deficit to 2-1. Clicking the link will let you see a Met being successful at situational hitting from three (!) different angles. Props to Neil Walker for making a good read on the play in order to score.
Rivera also reminded us the main reason he is on the team with a dynamite throw to cut down a runner in the sixth:
Rivera wasn't the only one playing good D—check out this fan snag this liner off of Michael Conforto's bat. Conforto seemed a little worried how this might end up, but the fan made sure to show him the ball to allay the young slugger's fears:
Thankfully, this was not the only highlight featuring Conforto holding a bat. Gary Cohen seems a little caught by surprise with how far this lazy fly travels:
Meanwhile, Matz cruised through seven strong innings, allowing only three hits while striking out eight on just 88 pitches:
After the game, Terry Collins talks about Matz's performance coming off his 'break,' and mentions that both Matz and Noah Syndergaard have had cortisone shots in their elbow this year. He also jokes that maybe Matt Harvey should unnecessarily take one of those shots. Shots for everyone!
Hopefully this kind of fun continues all weekend. Until next time, true believers...