One day after splitting a doubleheader, the Mets needed a win to take the series from the lowly Rockies. The Mets sent Marcus Stroman to the mound, while the Rockies countered with Antonio Senzatela. Offense was once again hard to come by, with both pitchers at the top of their game, but the Mets did just enough to walk away with the win.
They scratched the first run across in the second inning after back-to-back hits by Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto set up runners on second and third. One Jeff McNeil RBI groundout later, and that was the only run the Mets would get after a promising rally to start the inning. They scored again for the second and last time when a Rockies error on a routine ground ball set up first and second. In his second game back off the injured list, J.D. Davis picked up his first RBI of the year with a hit to bring home Michael Conforto.
Luckily for the Mets, Stroman was sensational on the mound. He made the two runs stand up and he gave the Rockies very little to work with. His only blemish came in the seventh when Charlie Blackmon singled home Trevor Story who had doubled to put himself in scoring position. Other than that Stroman was never really in any trouble and dispatched the Colorado lineup with ease. He kept his pitch count low which allowed him to go deep into the game. He struck out just five, instead pitching to contact with the defense backing him up. Brandon Nimmo made a great running catch in center, and Michael Conforto had to dive for a ball he originally lost in the sun. Even Stroman himself made a beautiful behind-the-back grab that Pete Alonso had to scoop out after Stroman sent it hopping to first.
Defense continued to be the theme when Edwin Diaz came in to nail down the save. After getting the first two outs, Trevor Story singled to put the tying run on base. He ran on Diaz’s first pitch to Charlie Blackmon in an attempt to steal, but James McCann threw a perfect strike to nail him at second. They did a brief review but the game was over and the Mets walked away with the win.
The good news is the starting pitching once again looked fantastic, Michael Conforto picked up another two hits and seems to be coming around, and this team is still finding ways to win without the offense getting into a rhythm just yet. The bad news is they now head to Chicago where they will be greeted by more bad weather. Boo urns.
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Win Probability Added
Big Mets winner: Marcus Stroman, +54.7% WPA
Big Mets loser: Dominic Smith, -10.2% WPA
Mets pitchers: 79.2% WPA
Mets hitters: -29.2% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Michael Conforto double in second
Teh sux0rest play: Charlie Blackmon RBI single in seventh