There’s no shame in taking advantage of your opponent’s miscues, and the Mets did just that on Saturday night against the Marlins. They managed to score eleven runs on seven hits thanks in part to the fact that they drew seven walks and that the Marlins committed three errors. In doing so, they Mets pulled within one game of .500 with a 14-15 record on the season.
Robert Gsellman wasn’t great in his start, which inluded pre- and post-rain delay portions, but he wasn’t too bad, either. In five innings, he gave up three runs on eight hits, a step forward from his last couple of starts that had gone much worse. One of those runs scored on a Giancarlo Stanton home run, while the other two were plated by a Marcell Ozuna home run. Ideally, you don’t want to get beat at all, but at least Gsellman’s biggest mistakes came against two of the Marlins’ best hitters.
As for the festivities on the other side of the game, the Mets started the night with a five-run first inning. Doubles from Asdrubal Cabrera and Jay Bruce drove in a run apiece, as did a single from Jose Reyes, a sac fly from Kevin Plawecki, and a bases-loaded walk drawn by Michael Conforto.
In the fifth, the Mets scored three more runs, and in the seventh, they did the same thing again. It was about as easy a win as a team can get, and given the way the Marlins have been able to torture the Mets over the years, that kind of win shouldn’t be taken for granted. But there was one significant downside to the game: Asdrubal Cabrera hurt his left thumb diving for a ground ball just before the rain delay. He’s set for an MRI today, but it seems he could very well hit the disabled list, assuming the Mets don’t go with the day-to-day-to-DL approach this time.
If that is, indeed, the case, it’s hard to see how Amed Rosario, one of the consensus top prospects in baseball and easily the Mets’ best one, wouldn’t get his first shot at the big leagues. Despite a slew of injuries, the Mets have been winning games lately, but Rosario could make a difference on a roster that looks quite a bit different than it did on Opening Day.
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Big winners: Asdrubal Cabrera, +10.6% WPA
Big losers: none
Teh aw3s0mest play: Asdrubal Cabrera hits a run-scoring double in the first, +12.3% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Marcell Ozuna hits a two-run home run in the fifth, -9.2% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +4.1% WPA
Total batter WPA: +45.9% WPA
GWRBI!: Kevin Plawecki