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Juan Lagares and the Mets tread on the Snakes at Citi Field

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A sweep of Arizona brings the Mets within two games of the Wild Card as the season winds down.

Arizona Diamondbacks v New York Mets Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Needing one more win to sweep the Diamondbacks out of New York and potentially the Wild Card race, the Mets showed up in a big way and slugged themselves to a 11-1 triumph at Citi Field. Marcus Stroman put up the best start of his young Mets career while Juan Lagares had the best day of his lengthy Mets career.

In the first inning of the game, both sides put up little mini-rallies that never really ended up going anywhere. Against Stroman, Josh Rojas lined a one-out single, but was stranded at first after a pair of outs. For the Mets going up against Alex Young, their threat happened with two outs as Robinson Cano drew a walk and J.D. Davis singled, but Michael Conforto’s groundout sent the Mets back to the dugout with a zero on the board.

Alex Avila’s double was the only blemish in Stroman’s second inning of work while Young ran into his first bit of trouble against the Mets offense. To start the bottom half of the second, Todd Frazier laced his third home run in the past 24 hours and his 21st on the season to give the Amazin’s a 1-0 advantage.

A walk and a passed ball got a Diamondback to second base in the third inning, but the real story of the frame was the damage done by the Mets in the last half. After Amed Rosario’s strikeout to lead things off, Pete Alonso reached base on a throwing error allowing him to reach second base and eventually third after Robinson Cano’s grounder. J.D. Davis singled to bring Alonso home and Michael Conforto matched him with a single of his own. Todd Frazier worked a six-pitch walk to load the bases and for the first time in his life, Juan Lagares hit a grand slam, making it a 6-0 ballgame and vanquishing Alex Young. Yoan Lopez came into the game to record the third out, but the toothpaste wasn’t going back into the tube. Five runs and three hits later, the Mets had a seemingly insurmountable 6-0 lead in only the third inning.

Through the fourth inning, six men came to the plate and all six were retired, as were three of the four Diamondbacks that Marcus Stroman faced in the top of the fifth inning. When it came time for the Mets to bat again in the fifth, they got right back to demolishing the D-backs. With Robby Scott coming into the game, Robinson Cano welcomed him to the fray by hitting his 13th homer of the season and extending the Mets’ lead to seven. Conforto drew a walk sandwiched between J.D. Davis’ fly out and Todd Frazier’s strikeout, but with Robby Scott departing the game and Jimmie Sherfy coming in, things only got worse for Arizona. Much like Cano did before, Juan Lagares welcomed Sherfy to the game by kindly depositing a baseball over the right field wall, this one stretch the Mets’ lead to nine runs. Before the home run apple had time to recover from its last voyage from out of the hole, Tomas Nido sent the first pitch he saw over the wall in left field and gave the Mets a double-digit lead. Marcus Stroman struck out to end the inning, but after another four runs from the Mets, this game was all but over for the Diamondbacks.

The sixth inning came and went for both sides with minimal action, but the top of the seventh was the first and only semblance of production that the Diamondbacks put together on the afternoon. After Marcus Stroman walked Alex Avila and Jarrod Dyson with one out, pinch hitter Ildemaro Vargas sent a double into left field to bring Arizona’s first run home and chase Marcus Stroman from the game. As Stroman’s ovation died down, Daniel Zamora was given the task of facing the next two hitters with a 50% success rate before Chris Mazza was called upon to finish the job. The one batter Mazza faced was quickly retired and the game was sent to the bottom of the seventh.

There wasn’t much to write home about in the Mets’ last two sojourns to the plate, but in the seventh inning, Michael Conforto did reach the 30 home run plateau for the first time in his career to give the Mets the 11-1 lead that eventually represented the final score.

Slated to work his way through the final two innings, Chris Mazza only allowed a single batter to reach base, Jarrod Dyson by the way of a hit by pitch, on his way to a scoreless appearance.

As the Mets took their fourth game in a row from the Diamondbacks, they kept themselves two games out of the National League Wild Card with the dastardly Los Angeles Dodgers moseying into town starting tomorrow night at 7:10pm EDT as Clayton Kershaw faces off against Noah Syndergaard.

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What’s WPA?

Big winners: Marcus Stroman +16.7% WPA, Juan Lagares +15.4% WPA, Todd Frazier +13.2% WPA, J.D. Davis +11.4% WPA
Big losers: None!!
Total pitcher WPA: +17.0% WPA
Total batter WPA: +33.0% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Juan Lagares’ third inning grand slam, +16.6% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Michael Conforto’s first inning grounder with two men on, -4.1% WPA