The trade rumors still surround Zack Wheeler, and his days wearing the orange and blue could be limited. But he has also looked like a solid player the Mets could hang on to recently and the 6-3 win over the Padres was no exception.
Perhaps it helped that the Mets’ offense jumped on San Diego starter Eric Lauer early. The Mets loaded the bases with two-out to bring up Devin Mesoraco. Mesoraco had a terrible day at the plate in the series opener, but he redeemed himself when he hit a bases-clearing double to give the Mets an early 3-0 lead.
The ummm, wheels, came off a bit for Wheeler in the third when the Padres loaded the bases for Wil Myers. Myers hit a sharp single to left that Michael Conforto fielded and came up firing. His throw was on target and Manuel Margot was ruled out at the plate for the third out. Devin Mesoraco threw to third anyway to get Carlos Asuaje who wandered away from second after the inning seemed to be over. The Padres challenged the call at the plate which was overturned and allowed the second San Diego run to score. However, Asuaje was ruled out at third which the Padres also had a gripe with. If Margot had been ruled safe at the plate, Asuaje would have never left second. The umpires disagreed and the inning was over.
After catching a bit of a break, the Mets got those two runs back right away. Michael Conforto has looked more like himself recently, and has been raking since the All-Star break. With one out and one on, Conforto blasted a home run to right to give the Mets a 5-2 lead.
That was plenty for Wheeler to work with. After the shaky third he settled in nicely and was very efficient for the rest of his outing. He was done after seven solid innings, giving up just the two runs. He struck out three and walked one.
The Mets tacked on a run in the fourth when Amed Rosario tripled with two outs and Asdrubal Cabrera brought him home with a single. That was it for the offense, but there was a nice moment for Jeff McNeil who singled in his first at-bat as a major leaguer when he pinch hit in the eighth.
Seth Lugo came in to relieve Wheeler in the top of the eighth and pitched a clean inning but he faltered a bit in the ninth. He gave up a RBI double to Myers but struck out Eric Hosmer and Hunter Renfroe popped up to McNeil to end the ballgame.
Overall this was a well played ballgame which has been all too rare this season, and if it was Zack Wheeler’s last game in a Met uniform he will have left on a high note.
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Win Probability Added
Big winners: Devin Mesoraco +22.7%, Michael Conforto +18.8%
Big losers: None
Teh aw3s0mest play: Mesoraco double in first
Teh sux0rest play: Wil Myers single in third
Total pitcher WPA: +11.8%
Total batter WPA: +38.2%
GWRBI!: Michael Conforto