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Nido, deGrom, and the bullpen carry the Mets over the Rockies

Is Tomás Nido actually good now?

Colorado Rockies v New York Mets Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

The Mets went into last night’s game in a bleak state of affairs, and seemingly increasingly bleaker by the hour. Having lost three games in a row and 11 players to injury in the last three weeks, Johneshwy Fargas, a rare bright spot for the Mets, came to the park in a sling after crashing into the wall the day before, and it became very clear that he, too, would need an IL stint. As such, Brandon Drury would have to play right field and maybe for the forseeable future as well.

Not only are neither of these players even supposed to be on the Mets, but the ones who are had a rough night just trying to recover from injuries, too. J.D. Davis did not appear in the lineup for his rehab in Syracuse like he was supposed to, and was instead sent back to New York City for more testing. Noah Syndergaard left his rehab start after only one inning and decreased velocity and apparently experienced “elbow soreness.”

The vibes were as low as they could be when the game started, but Jacob deGrom returning to the mound helped restore some of the good feelings. deGrom instantly blew the 100+ MPH heat past the Rockies and looked like everything was back in sync for him. He allowed a solo homer to Ryan McMahon in the second inning, but otherwise everything looked great. The ace struck out nine in five innings of work, allowing only three hits. He was pulled after only 63 pitches as the Mets work his pitch counts back up over the next few starts.

On offense, well, it was about what you’d expect from a lineup that featured a 3-4-5 of Drury-McCann-Nido. Jonathan Villar got a hit to start the game and Francisco Lindor walked, and then the Mets pulled a double steal to get two men on with no outs. This allowed the typical James McCann ground out to actually score a run, though Drury and Tomás Nido couldn’t get Lindor home.

The game was tied 1-1 for until the sixth inning as deGrom settled in and the Mets ran into some outs on the bases. Villar got caught stealing third in the third inning, and then the Mets proceeded to load the bases after that with two outs, because of course they did, but couldn’t score, because of course they couldn’t. In the fourth, deGrom got thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double, and then Villar got caught stealing again in the fifth. The Mets were not making it easier on themselves.

It was in the sixth, though, when the big blow came. Dom Smith reached on a single, and then the Mets’ newest big bopper, Nido, came to the plate and whacked a ball to left-center field that just got over the orange line and hit the railing of the M&M’s Sweet Seats for a two-run homer to give the Mets a 3-1 lead. Nido has been, quite easily, the most valuable Met of the last few weeks.

The bullpen behind deGrom was in complete shutdown mode. Miguel Castro threw two hitless innings with four punch outs, Trevor May threw a hitless eighth, and Edwin Díaz struck out the side around a walk in the ninth inning to seal a 3-1 Mets win.

The win gets the Mets back to two games over .500 and keeps them in first place for at least one more day.

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What’s WPA?

Big Mets winner: Tomás Nido +16.6% WPA
Big Mets loser: Miguel Castro -6.3% WPA
Mets pitchers: +41.6% WPA
Mets hitters: +8.4%WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Tomás Nido hits a two-run homer (+27.5% WPA)
Teh sux0rest play: Ryan McMahon hits a solo homer (-11.6% WPA)