Mets sweep Twins with 3-2 victory.

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The New York Mets (80-69) completed their sweep of the Minnesota Twins (55-95) this afternoon by the final score of 3-2. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

http://m.mlb.com/gameday/twins-vs-mets/2016/09/18/449097?#game=449097,game_state=final,game_tab=box

Game Notes:

  • T.J. Rivera continued his hot-hitting going 2-4 with a solo HR.
  • Michael Conforto was 2-4 with a 2-run single.
  • Yoenis Cespedes was 1-2 with a double but left after the 6th the with dizziness and nausea.
  • In his return to the lineup Lucas Duda went 0-2 with a strikeout.
  • Gabriel Ynoa filled in admirably for Jacob deGrom going 4.2 innings while allowing 1 run on 4 hits with 1 walk and 8 strikeouts.
  • Jerry Blevins picked up the save today going 1.1  hitless innings with no walks and 2 strikeouts.

In an important series as the Giants and Cardinals battle one another, the Mets were able to care of the Minnesota Twins with a three game sweep. The Mets will wait for the results for today’s finale between the two to see where they stand, but as of now they are in sole possession of the first NL Wild Card seed. The Mets are continuing to take advantage of their relatively soft schedule down the stretch, and will welcome an Atlanta team looking to play spoiler to Citi Field next for three games. If the Mets can continue to keep their foot on the pedal, the odds of the Mets making the playoffs will continue to look promising. There is still plenty of baseball left to play however, but you always want to be playing your best baseball down the stretch heading into October, and the Mets are currently one of the hottest teams in baseball. It always seems the hottest teams towards the end of the season make the deepest runs in October, and lets hope that rings true for our boys if they continue to play at this high level. 

The next man up mentality continues to work for the Mets rotation as starter Gabriel Ynoa pitched a one run ballgame, despite loading the bases with one out in the top of the second inning.  Despite the glaring hole in the Mets rotation behind Syndergaard and Colon, the “Metsfits” as I call them (Lugo, Gsellman, Montero, Ynoa) have kept the Mets afloat when the odds have been stacked against them. The team is hoping to have Steven Matz rejoin the rotation later this week, possibly against the Phillies, which will be a great lift for the team. In the meantime however the “Metsfits” have taken care of business when relied upon, and Robert Gsellman will be relied upon in the upcoming series against the Braves. Seth Lugo and Gabriel Ynoa already took care of their business this weekend. 

Yoenis Cespedes did leave early today with nausea and dizziness, as he told Manager Terry Collins about his symptoms between innings and was immediately pulled. There is no indication as to how serious this ailment may be, so for the time being we will just consider our slugger day-to-day until further information is disclosed. We can’t afford to miss Cespedes down the stretch so let’s hope it’s something relatively minor and he can return to the lineup soon!

  • The Mets and Atlanta Braves open their final series of the season tomorrow evening at Citi Field with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 pm et. You can catch tomorrow’s game on WPIX.
  • Noah Syndergaard (13-8, 2.43 ERA) will open the series for the Mets and oppose Braves right-hander Aaron Blair (0-6, 8.23 ERA).

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