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Through the raindrops, the Mets’ bullpen and bats took down the Phillies

deGrom got scratched, but the Mets’ ace proved unneeded this afternoon.

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Fans hoping to attend a Jacob deGrom start in his (deserved) Cy Young season were dealt a cruel blow today, when Mickey Callaway scratched deGrom from his start due to the chance of a rain delay. However, for the fans who stuck it out for a wet, chilly afternoon at Citi Field were treated to a Mets’ victory, as they took the rubber game of their series with the Phillies, 6-4.

Corey Osawlt started for the Mets in place of deGrom, and got in trouble early on. Rhys Hoskins, the fourth batter of the game, drove his 30th home run of the year into the seats, plating Justin Bour and putting the Phillies up 2-0.

The Mets would answer in the bottom of the inning, when Amed Rosario led the game off with a triple, and eventually scored on a Michael Conforto single. The Mets would load the bases later in the inning due to Todd Fraizer being hit by Phillies’ starter Vince Velasquez, and then Brandon Nimmo walking. They would not score another run in the first, however.

Oswalt would have a dicey second inning of work as well, loading the bases but didn’t allow a run to score, striking out Bour for the final out of the inning. Aside from a Hoskins single, Oswalt settled down nicely in his third, and final, inning of work.

The Mets didn’t score again until the fifth inning. Dominic Smith led off the inning with a double, and then Rosario was hit by a pitch. Jeff McNeil then smacked a single to left, driving in Smith and tying the game for the Mets. The next batter was Michael Conforto, who hit a double home run, giving the Mets a three-run cushion.

The Mets’ bullpen had a good day today. Drew Gagnon was the first to relieve Osawlt, and he pitched two innings of no-hit ball, walking one and striking out one. Next to get the call was Eric Hanhold, who walked Jose Bautista to start the sixth inning, and then gave up a single to Cesar Herandez. Drew Smith would come in with two on and no out, and got Odubel Herrera to pop out. Smith then hit Jorge Alfaro with a pitch, loading the bases. A Wilson Ramos sacrifice fly would score the Phillies’s fourth run, before Smith retired the side.

In the bottom of the seventh, Brandon Nimmo drew a two-out walk, and then was driven in by an Austin Jackson double, giving the Mets their final run of the game.

Seth Lugo pitched the final two innings in relief and struck out four of the six batters to face him. Unfortunately, one of the two non-strikeouts was Carlos Santana, who hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth, to bring the game to its final score of 6-4.

Tomorrow, the Mets welcome the Marlins in for a four game series. Jason Vargas is scheduled to start, but may be bumped in favor of deGrom. Jeff Brigham is scheduled to start for the Fish.

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Mets vs Phillies WPA Chart, 9/9/18

hat’s WPA?

Big winners: Michael Conforto, +23.2% WPA, Drew Smith, +15.6% WPA, Amed Rosario, +13.2% WPA
Big losers: Erin Hanhold, -10.9% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Michael Conforto’s three-run home run, +21.3% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Rhys Hoskins’s two-run home run, -18.4% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +14.4% WPA
Total batter WPA: +35.6% WPA
GWRBI!: Michael Conforto