It’s pretty great that Marcus Stroman and Francisco Lindor are Mets at the same time, and they both contributed significantly to the team’s win over the Padres today at Citi Field.
Stroman didn’t allow any runs through six innings and gave up just one run in his start on a solo home run by Fernando Tatis Jr. in the top of the seventh. He struck out eight, walked one, and scattered six hits over the course of his start. As has usually been the case this season, the Mets’ defense backed him up nicely, with the recently-activated Luis Guillorme providing the most highlight-worthy plays in the field.
Francisco Lindor got the Mets on the board with a no-doubt two-run home run in the bottom of the first. And while Musgrove settled in for a few innings after that, it was Lindor who drew a walk to start the bottom of the sixth. Pete Alonso singled, moving Lindor to third to put runners on the corners with nobody out. Dom Smith grounded into a fielder’s choice that plated Lindor, and unfortunately, James McCann proceeded to ground into an inning-ending double play.
The aforementioned Tatis home run followed that sequence to begin the top of the seventh, but the Mets didn’t allow the Padres to score again. Aaron Loup came in for Stroman with one out in that inning and retired the only two batters he faced, and Seth Lugo threw a scoreless top of the eighth. And Jonathan Villar provided another insurance run in the bottom of the eighth as he led off with an absolute shot into the Coca Cola Corner in right field.
With that, Edwin Díaz took over to pitch the ninth and set the Padres down in order to close out the game. Having just played a four-game series in San Diego last weekend, which they split, the Mets have now won four of six games against the Padres. And they’ll have an opportunity to sweep this series at Citi Field on Sunday afternoon.
*illar of the game
Jonathan Villar takes the title today with his moonshot of a home run
Win Probability Added
Big Mets winner: Marcus Stroman, +22.8% WPA
Big Mets loser: Kevin Pillar, -3.3% WPA
Mets pitchers: +39.3% WPA
Mets hitters: +10.7% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Francisco Lindor hits a two-run home run in the bottom of the first, +16.6% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Fernando Tatis Jr. hits a solo home run in the top of the seventh, -7.4% WPA