There are many things to do and places to be on a Saturday night. If you’re a Mets fan, or just a baseball fan in general, you’d rank them accordingly in hindsight:
- Petco Park
- Anywhere that had the Mets' game in Petco Park on a television
- Everywhere else
That's because Bartolo Colon did in a game what he had done a couple of times in spring training batting practice: hit a home run. With the Mets already ahead 2-0 in the top of the second inning, Colon came to the plate with Kevin Plawecki, who had doubled, on second base. James Shields then hung a pitch right over the heart of the plate and became the answer to baseball's best "who was on the mound when...?" trivia question.
After that, it was hard to get too excited about anything else in the game, though the Mets did plenty of good things in it. As a pitcher, Colon was no slouch. He threw six-and-two-thirds innings and gave up three runs, all of them on a Jon Jay home run in the bottom of the third. Colon struck out five, walked one, and threw just 85 pitches. He now has a 2.82 ERA on the season.
The aforementioned home run from Cespedes was his tenth of the season. As a Met, he is now hitting .288/.346/.625 with 27 home runs in 353 regular season plate appearances. David Wright had a hell of a game, too. He went 2-for-2 with a solo home run and three walks. He's now up to .258/.405/.472 on the season, which is excellent. And last but not least, Michael Conforto followed up Wright's home run, which came in the ninth inning, with a solo home run of his own.
So the Mets hit a bunch of home runs and won a baseball game, which has become pretty standard this year. But one home run overshadowed them all.
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Win Probability Added
Big winners: David Wright, +19.5% WPA, Yoenis Cespedes, +15.9% WPA, Addison Reed, +12.8% WPA
Big losers: none
The best play in baseball history: Bartolo Colon hits a two-run home run in the second, +14.3% WPA Teh aw3s0mest play: Yoenis Cespedes hits a two-run home run in the first, +20.6% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Jon Jay hits a three-run home run in the third, -22.1% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +32.6% WPA
Total batter WPA: +17.4% WPA
GWRBI!: Bartolo Colon