Meet the Mets
The Mets came back to beat the Nationals once again on Saturday night, with J.D. Davis and Wilson Ramos hitting back-to-back solo home runs to tie the game at two in the fourth inning after Noah Syndergaard had given up two runs in the top of the first. But Thor shut the Nationals down through the rest of his seven-inning outing.
Seth Lugo gave up a solo bomb to Juan Soto in the top of the eighth, but Luis Guillorme hit his first major league home run—as a pinch hitter, no less—to tie the game in the bottom of that inning. And J.D. Davis hit sac fly to give the Mets the lead before Lugo went back out for the ninth and finished the victory. The Mets remain a half-game out out the second wild card spot but pulled themselves within a half-game of the Nationals, who had been occupying the first one.
Wilson Ramos got the start at catcher with Syndergaard on the mound last night, which is the first time that battery has worked together in a while. It was Ramos’s birthday, which wasn’t why he got the start—but was reason for his teammates to prank him by getting ballons for a 50th birthday. Ramos turned 32.
The J.D. Davis trade is looking like a real winner for Brodie Van Wagenen.
Speaking of good moves by BVW, Rising Apple writes about how good the Justin Wilson signing is looking right now.
Mickey Callaway set the bar high after the Mets’ lone loss in their last sixteen games, and Mike Puma writes that it helped lead the Mets to where they are now.
Following Friday night’s game, Laura Albanese wrote about the homecoming it was for Brad Brach, Joe Panik, and Marcus Stroman, all of whom are from the area and suited up for their first home game as Mets that night.
The realists and the dreamers finally have something to agree about in these 2019 Mets.
Jacob deGrom’s slider has been key to his recent dominance.
The New York Times is still running AP recaps, making them apparently not interested in having actual reporters cover the best story in New York sports right now.
Tim Tebow is done for the year after suffering a laceration on his hand that was bad enough to, well, end his season.
Ken Davidoff wrote in favor of the baseball rebuild, the type that the Mets have avoided.
Around the National League East
Curtis Granderson had a hand in helping the Marlins defeat the Braves in a dramatic game in Miami. Fish Stripes was happy. Talking Chop, not so much. That loss leaves the Braves 6.5 games ahead of the Nationals and 7.0 ahead of the Mets.
Around Major League Baseball
Ted Berg had some suggestions of places where MLB should host games after the news that they’d be hosting one in Iowa.
Here’s a look at the most exciting races going on around baseball, and you won’t be surprised to hear that the Mets are included.
Aristedes Aquino hit three home runs last night and now has seven in his first ten major league games.
Speaking of three-home run nights, Yordan Alvarez had one, too.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
The Mets are so hot that it’s become hard to find the words to describe them.
This Date in Mets History
There’s a bit of infamous history on this date, as it was the one that saw Francisco Rodriguez assaulted his girlfriend’s father at Citi Field, suffering a season-ending injury in the process.