The Mets opened their Friday night win with a bang—two of them, actually, as Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera led off with back-to-back homers. The pair would later make back-to-back beautiful defensive plays in the fourth inning.
But really, this game was all about the beneficent Bartolo:
Of course you need more detail on Colon’s double, and the good people at Statcast are here to tell you that at one point he was on pace to beat a four-minute mile!
Showing proper workout protocol, Wilmer Flores had Colon do a cool-down jog home by smashing his third career Grand Slam:
Travis d’Arnaud later extended the lead to 7-1 with an opposite-field double on a nice piece of hitting.
Cabrera then put the game out of reach when he put this two-run bomb over the wall and became the first Met to homer from both sides of the plate since Carlos Beltran in 2011.
Cabrera wasn’t quite done yet; this nifty play helped to slow down a Phillies rally in the seventh and cemented him as the team leader in GAR (Grission Above Replacement):
With the game in hand early, we were treated to a preview of someone who could give Bartolo a run for his money—behold Syndergaard:
Unfortunately Syndergaard’s running metrics were not made available by Statcast at press time.
With the win, the Mets kept pace in the Wild Card Standings as the Giants, Cardinals, Marlins, and Pirates all won as well. Will Thor ring Philly’s bell on Saturday night? Tune in next time, true believers.