Final Recap: Mets 7 – Phillies 2

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The New York Mets (2-1) defeated the Philadelphia Phillies (0-4) by the final score of 7-2 at Citi Field this afternoon. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2016_04_08_phimlb_nynmlb_1#game=2016_04_08_phimlb_nynmlb_1,game_state=Wrapup,game_tab=box

Game Notes:

  • Jacob deGrom was fantastic this afternoon picking up the win, pitching 6 innings and allowing 1 run on 5 hits. DeGrom did not allow a walk and struck out 6. He also had an RBI on a groundout with the bases loaded. DeGrom exited after only throwing 76 pitches with right lat tightness.
  • Michael Conforto was 2-3 with with a double and 3 RBI’s.
  • Neil Walker was 2-4 with 2 RBI’s and 2 runs scored.
  • Travis d’Arnaud was 1-3 with an RBI single.
  • David Wright kept his Home Opener hitting streak alive going 1-4 with a double. He now has a hit in every Home Opener since his first in 2005.
  • Jim Henderson pitched a scoreless 7th inning, striking out 2.
  • Jerry Blevins inherited two baserunners in the top of the 8th and got a double play on an infield fly rule, which also included a base running blunder by Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez. Batters are 0-19 against Blevins as a Met.
  • 44,099 attended today’s ball game which is the largest regular season crowd in Citi Field history.

The Mets absolutely laid it on the Phillies this afternoon, as deGrom was completely dominant, and the offense came to life late against starting pitcher Jerad Eickhoff, and the Phillies league leading worst bullpen in the Majors. DeGrom was making easy work of the Phillies offense for most of the afternoon despite his velocity continuing to hover between 91-93 mph. He got many swings and misses, and he already has declared he has no issue with his velocity.  DeGrom departed the game early in the 6th after only throwing 76 pitches and being in a groove, which led many to speculate that baby deGrom was on the way, but that was not the case. The Mets told the SNY booth that it was right lat tightness, as for the reason deGrom was pulled early. Hopefully it is nothing serious as Steven Matz dealt with this injury last year and ended up missing two months. David Wright continues to show that his back injury is not affecting him currently, as he made an absolute gem of a play in the field today, with a barehand throw on a bunt by Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera. Wright also notched a double, and was aggressive on the bases this afternoon on a hit and run play in the bottom of the 7th, going from first to third on a Yoenis Cespedes single. Neil Walker and Michael Conforto also continue to be the hottest bats in the Mets lineup currently, as they had a heavy hand in today’s offensive outburst against the Phillies. Look for them to keep it going into the rest of the weekend as they both seem to be seeing the ball really well right now. The Phillies clearly have the worst bullpen in baseball currently, as they have been getting absolutely torched the past four games, and that is an area of weakness the Mets should continue to look to exploit over these final two games. 

  • The Mets and Phillies will play the second game of their three game series tomorrow evening with first pitch slated for 7:10 pm et. The game can be seen on WPIX and MLB Network.
  • Bartolo Colon will make his first start of the season, after making a relief appearance on Opening Night, against Phillies highly regarded right-hander Vincent Velasquez, who was acquired in the Ken Giles blockbuster trade with the Houston Astros this past offseason.

 

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