Last night’s game was a whirlwind of emotions. From Chase Utley first stepping in the box in the top of the first inning to Curtis Granderson’s walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth, last night had a little bit of everything. The Mets were able to jump on Julio Urias early which was going to be the key to beat him.The Mets scored three runs in the bottom of the first and made it look easy against the 19-year old rookie. Urias who has never thrown more than 80 pitches in any start in his career, was worked hard by the Mets hitters and ended up leaving with a bases-loaded situation in the bottom of the third. The Mets seemed to be in cruise control for the rest of the game, as David Wright and Juan Lagares each tacked on a solo home run to extend the Mets lead to 5-1, heading into the top of the ninth.
What I did not agree with was bringing Familia in to pitch the top of the ninth. Yes you can question everything the manager does the day after a game, but last night I thought there was no need to bring him in. Familia is our workhorse closer and we don’t need him pitching in non-save situations to tax his arm even further. Terry Collins asks Familia to get six out saves on night’s when he really needs him, and it makes no sense to throw Familia in a situation where he really isn’t needed. It is not like Collins is short of options in the bullpen either as he has the best bullpen in baseball. And trust me I am one of the biggest Terry Collins supporters around. With a struggling Familia on the mound, and the Mets arch nemesis Chase Utley at the plate with the bases loaded and two outs, you almost knew what was going to happen. Utley cleared the bases with a double and everybody in Citi Field was left in shock. Despite the loud booing all night of Utley it did not seem to faze him as he was responsible for four of the Dodgers five runs.
But then the Mets remind you that these aren’t those same old Mets time and time again, as Curtis Granderson ripped a 97 mph fastball from Dodgers reliever Pedro Baez into the right field seats in the bottom of the ninth. It was such a swing of emotions as just five minutes earlier you were left wondering to yourself ,”what the hell just happened?” The Mets came out on top however as they slugged their way to another victory in the tough current stretch of games they are in. Oh and by the way you don’t need to worry about Jacob deGrom in the same voice that you worry about Matt Harvey. DeGrom’s velocity seems to slowly be on the uptick and he is just a gamer who knows how to win without his best stuff on the mound. His stock is currently trending up after his solid seven inning outing last night.
The Mets have now won six of their last seven, and are looking for a series victory on Saturday in what is sure to be an emotionally charged atmosphere with the 1986 Mets pregame celebration. Noah Syndergaard will be on the mound for the Mets tonight, and you can only wonder if he’ll be the one to paint Utley’s backside with a fastball in 1986 Mets fashion. Syndergaard will also have the chance to go deep off Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda again, who he took deep twice when they last met at Dodgers Stadium earlier this month. Either way tomorrow’s game and pregame ceremony will be must-see tv if you are a Mets fan or even if you are just a fan of baseball in general.
- Tonight’s game can be seen on Fox with first pitch scheduled for 7:15 pm et. The 1986 Mets pregame ceremony will take place around 6:15 pm et and can be streamed through the New York Mets website.
- Noah Syndergaard (5-2, 1.94) will battle Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda (3-3, 3.29 ERA) for the second time this month.