Although it might seem like it has been years since the Mets won back to back series, it has, in fact, only been since April. Well, that was until earlier today. The Mets defeated the Marlins 4-3 in the series finale at Marlins Park, reversing the score of last night’s walk off loss.
The Mets got on the board early, with what may soon be known as an “Amed run.” Amed Rosario walked to start the game, and then stole second while Austin Jackson was up at bat. Jackson then flew out, allowing Rosario to tag up to third base. He came around to score on a Wilmer Flores sacrifice fly.
The Marlins quickly got a run back off of Noah Syndergaard, making his second start after returning from the disabled list with a case of hand, foot, and mouth disease. In a similar fashion to how the Mets score, Rafael Ortega led the game off with a base hit, stole second, and then score on a Starlin Castro single.
In the second inning, Jose Bautista reached on an error, and came around to score on a Jose Reyes two-run home run, putting the Mets up 3-1. After the first inning run, Syndergaard retired the next nine Marlins in order. In the fourth inning, he hit a slight snag.
Brian Anderson singled with one out in the fourth, before a fielder’s choice erased him and replaced him with Derek Dietrich. Martin Prado and last night’s hero Bryan Holaday singled, plating Dietrich, and putting the Marlins behind by one.
Marlins starter Wei-Yin Chen didn’t allow another run until the sixth inning, when Michael Conforto hit his 15th home run of the year, a solo shot, to put the Mets up 4-2. In the bottom of that inning, Syndergaard let in his third and final run on an RBI single by - you guessed it - Holaday.
Syndergaard didn’t have a great day - in addition to the three runs, three bases were stolen against him - but he pitched well enough, striking out seven and walking two across seven innings.
Both Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo pitched scoreless in relief, allowing three singles over two innings, and keeping the Marlins off the board.
The Mets travel tomorrow to the Bronx to make up their rained out game with the Yankees from earlier this season. Jacob deGrom will start for the Mets, and Luis Severino will go for the Yanks.
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Win Probability Added
Big winners: Jose Reyes, +21.1%WPA, Seth Lugo, +19.6 WPA, Robert Gsellman, +14.0% WPA, Noah Syndergaard, +12.6% WPA
Big losers: None!
Teh aw3s0mest play: Jose Reyes’s two-run home run in the second inning, +19.1% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: J.T. Realmuto’s ninth inning single, -13.4% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +46.2% WPA
Total batter WPA: +3.8% WPA
GWRBI!: Michael Conforto