In a game that some might have written off ahead of time because of the pitching matchup, the Mets were able to beat the Brewers to begin their series at Citi Field last night thanks in large part to the very good start made by rookie Tylor Megill.
The Mets’ lineup was up against Brandon Woodruff, who has been one of the better pitchers in the league—at least in the non-deGrom tier—this year. And it was the Brewers who got on the board first when Megill gave up the only run of his five-inning outing on a solo home run by Omar Narvaez in the top of the fourth.
In the bottom of that inning, Brandon Nimmo led off with a softly-hit double down the third base line, and Francisco Lindor came up to the plate and once again put down a sacrifice bunt—something that would be nice to see him stop doing immediately. But in this case, moving Nimmo over to third at least worked out, as Dom Smith hit a fly ball fairly deep into center field, allowing Nimmo to tag up and score to tie the game.
From there, Megill threw a scoreless fifth and Aaron Loup, who has been excellent this year, a scoreless sixth, while Woodruff blanked the Mets for those two innings, too. Seth Lugo pitched a scoreless top of the seventh, and the Mets finally broke through against Woodruff in the bottom of that inning.
Lindor got things started by drawing a walk. Dom Smith singled, and Lindor advanced to third base. And Pete Alonso stepped up next and doubled, easily scoring Lindor and prompting a relatively aggressive send of Smith that worked, breaking the offensive stalemate and giving the Mets a two-run lead. And one Jeff McNeil out later, Michael Conforto singled to bring Alonso home, giving the Mets a 4-1 lead that they took into the eighth inning.
Like the relievers before him, Trevor May threw a scoreless inning. The Mets’ lineup, however, loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the frame and failed to score, as Kevin Pillar flew out and Alonso grounded into an inning-ending double play. Hey, Edwin Díaz was coming in, so no big deal, right?
Through the first three batters of the top of the ninth, that missed opportunity looked like a very big deal. Díaz gave up a single, a walk, and another single, cutting the Mets’ lead to two runs with two men still on base and nobody out. And he was having a hell of a time trying to find the plate. But he bounced back, striking out Jace Peterson and Keston Hiura back-to-back before getting Jackie Bradley Jr. to fly out to end the game.
*illar of the game
Jonathan Villar started the game and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout, while Kevin Pillar came into the game late and went 0-for-1 in a particularly bad spot. *illar of the game: Neither
Win Probability Added
Big Mets winner: Dom Smith, +18.5% WPA
Big Mets loser: James McCann, -5.3% WPA
Mets pitchers: +33.4% WPA
Mets hitters: +16.6% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Dom Smith singles to put runners on the corners with nobody out in the seventh, +16.0% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Omar Narvaez hits a solo home run in the fourth, -14.2% WPA