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Lineups: Mets vs. Reds 12:35 pm et.

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New York Mets (73-66):

1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
5. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
6. Alejandro De Aza (L) CF
7. James Loney (L) 1B
8. Rene Rivera (R) C
9. Noah Syndergaard (L) P

SP: Noah Syndergaard RHP (12-8, 2.56 ERA)

Cincinnati Reds (57-80):

1. Jose Peraza (R) SS
2. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
4. Adam Duvall (R) LF
5. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
6. Scott Schebler (L) RF
7. Tyler Holt (R) CF
8. Tucker Barnhart (S) C
9. Anthony DeSclafani (R) P

SP: Anthony DeSclafani RHP (8-2, 2.93 ERA)

Today’s game can be seen on SNY.

Final Recap: Mets 5 – Reds 3

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The New York Mets (73-66) rallied to defeat the Cincinnati Reds (57-80) by the final score of 5-3. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

http://m.mlb.com/gameday/mets-vs-reds/2016/09/06/448933?#game=448933,game_state=final,game_tab=box

Game Notes:

  • Yoenis Cespedes played hero hitting the go-ahead two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning. He finished the night 1-4.
  • Curtis Granderson was 1-2 with a solo HR.
  • Jose Reyes was 2-4 with a solo HR and a stolen base.
  • Alejandro De Aza was 1-1 with a pinch-hit solo HR.
  • Rafael Montero got the no decision as he went 4.1 innings and gave up 3 runs, on 3 hits. He walked 4 and struck out 4.
  • Jeurys Familia converted his 46th save of the season with a scoreless ninth.

Behind the bullpen’s 4.2 combined scoreless innings after Rafael Montero’s departure and Yoenis Cespedes go-ahead two-run homer, the Mets are still keeping the heat on both the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants. The Mets have also now won 13 in a row against the Cincinnati Reds dating back to 2014. And what has gotten into Curtis Granderson lately? He remained scorching hot tonight with another home run and over his last ten games he has hit four home runs with ten RBIs. 

As I have said before, this team is playing with passion and Yoenis Cespedes made sure tonight that the Mets wouldn’t leave the ballpark without anything less than a win. What a different ballclub this team is with him in the lineup. La Potencia is certainly is going to be the biggest key for the Mets down the stretch, as his play more times than not dictates the success of this team. We’ve seen him carry the Mets to the playoffs before, and we are all witnessing a sequel to his success from last season.  

The Mets will have a quick turnaround tomorrow with a early afternoon game against the Reds, but they will send Thor to the mound to try and complete the sweep. The Mets are now winners of four in a row, and there is no better starting pitcher for the Mets to have on the mound tomorrow as they continue to look to grab hold of a NL Wild Card position. 

  • The Mets and Reds will play a matinee game with first pitch scheduled for 12:35 pm et. You can catch tomorrow’s game on SNY.
  • Noah Syndergaard (12-8, 2.56 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Mets and oppose Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (8-2, 2.93 ERA).

Lineups: Mets vs. Reds 7:10 pm et.

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New York Mets (72-66):

1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Wilmer Flores (R) 1B
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF
6. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
7. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
8. Matt Reynolds (R) 2B
9. Rafael Montero (R) P

SP: Rafael Montero RHP (0-0, 3.68 ERA)

Cincinnati Reds (57-79):

1. Jose Peraza (R) CF
2. Zack Cozart (R) SS
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
4. Adam Duvall (R) LF
5. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
6. Scott Schebler (L) RF
7. Ivan De Jesus Jr. (R) 3B
8. Tucker Barnhart (S) C
9. Brandon Finnegan (L) P

SP: Brandon Finnegan LHP (8-10, 4.19 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.

Final Recap: Mets 5 – Reds 0

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The New York Mets (72-66) defeated the Cincinnati Reds (57-79) this evening by the final score of 5-0. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

http://m.mlb.com/gameday/mets-vs-reds/2016/09/05/448918?#game=448918,game_state=final,game_tab=box

Game Notes:

  • Bartolo Colon kept chugging along and picked up the victory, going six scoreless innings while allowing 5 hits, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts.
  • Matt Reynolds went 3-4 with with a solo HR and 2 RBIs.
  • Kelly Johnson was 1-4 with a solo HR.
  • Wilmer Flores went 3-4 with a double but was thrown out twice trying to advance a base by Reds left fielder Adam Duvall.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera went 1-1 with a pinch hit RBI single.
  • Alejandro De Aza was 0-3 with a sacrifice fly.
  • Jay Bruce was 0-4 with 2 strikeouts in his return to Cincinnati.

The Mets keep on rolling despite barely getting any sleep after flying into Cincinnati at 3:30 am last night. Trotting out a starting lineup missing Jose Reyes, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Yoenis Cespedes, the Mets were able to manufacture five runs behind starter Bartolo Colon’s solid pitching. Winners of 12 of their last 16, the Mets are rejuvenated and are no doubt making a serious push to play meaningful games in October. It doesn’t hurt either that the Mets have won twelve games in a row against the Reds dating back to 2014. 

The Mets have finally improved their fortunes against teams under .500, as they have struggled against such teams this season. The rest of the schedule aside from one remaining series against the Nationals, is littered with teams under .500, and they obviously have the easiest remaining schedule of all the teams they are battling with in the Wild Card race. I won’t say the Mets are a bonafide lock for a Wild Card spot based on their schedule, but you have to love the way they are playing at this point in the season, and they seemed to have kicked in into high gear. 

There have been recent rumblings of Bartolo Colon wanting to return to the Mets next season, and with the way he has pitched this season I say why not? Colon has been a solid rock for this rotation all season and easily one of the reasons why the Mets are where they are today. The 43-year old right-hander improved to 13-7 this season for the Mets with a 3.22 ERA, and only sits 14 wins from breaking the record for most wins among Latin-American pitchers which is held by Dennis Martinez with 245 victories. 

  • The Mets will look to keep their success against the Reds rolling tomorrow evening with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 pm et. You can catch tomorrow’s game on SNY.
  • Rafael Montero (0-0, 3.68 ERA) will be activated and make his second start of the season for the Mets against Reds southpaw Brandon Finnegan (8-10, 4.19 ERA).

 

Lineups: Mets vs. Reds 1:10 pm et.

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New York Mets (71-66):

1. Alejandro De Aza (L) CF
2. Michael Conforto (L) LF
3. Wilmer Flores (R) 2B
4. Jay Bruce (L) RF
5. Kelly Johnson (L) 3B
6. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
7. James Loney (L) 1B
8. Matt Reynolds (R) SS
9. Bartolo Colon (R) P

SP: Bartolo Colon RHP (12-7, 3.35 ERA)

Cincinnati Reds (57-78):

1. Jose Peraza (R) CF
2. Zack Cozart (R) SS
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
4. Adam Duvall (R) LF
5. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
6. Scott Schebler (L) RF
7. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
8. Tucker Barnhart (S) C
9. Robert Stephenson (R) P

SP: Robert Stephenson RHP (2-0, 3.00 ERA)

Today’s game can be seen on SNY.

Final Recap: Mets 5 – Reds 2

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The New York Mets (13-7) defeated the Cincinnati Reds (9-13) this evening by the final score of 5-2. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2016_04_27_cinmlb_nynmlb_1#game=2016_04_27_cinmlb_nynmlb_1,game_state=Wrapup,game_tab=box

Game Notes:

  • Matt Harvey picked up his second victory of the season pitching 6 innings while allowing 2 runs on 7 hits. Harvey only walked 1 while striking out 7.
  • Neil Walker was 2-3 with a solo HR and an RBI single.
  • Michael Conforto was 1-4 with a 2-run RBI double.
  • Jim Henderson & Hansel Robles combined for 2 perfect innings of relief while striking out 4.
  • Addison Reed acquired his first save of the season pitching a perfect 9th inning.

Another solid win for the Mets tonight! Neil Walker did it again with the bat, slugging his ninth home run and tying the franchise record for home runs in a month. Walker also made a great grab in the field in the top of the third inning with the bases loaded. Walker ended up robbing Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco of a base-hit, and saving two runs by being positioned perfectly behind the second base bag. Different night, same result from Michael Conforto in the three-hole, as he drove in two with an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth to give the Mets a comfortable lead. Conforto and Walker are having an unbelievable first month of the season. 

Matt Harvey is beginning to come into form as well, as his velocity seemed to be up tonight as I saw him touching 97 mph multiple times. At one point Harvey had struck out five Reds hitters in a row and looked as confident as I’ve seen him all season. I provided an infographic from Baseball Tonight below on Harvey’s return to form.The Mets have now swept two consecutive series and their win streak currently sits at six games. The Mets have also won eleven games in a row against the Reds dating back to 2014, which ties the second longest streak against any opponent in franchise history. The longest streak if you are interested is held against the Pittsburgh Pirates which sits at fifteen games, and dates back to the 1986-87 season’s. 

  • The Mets have an off day tomorrow before they welcome the San Fransisco Giants to town on Friday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 and can be seen on SNY.
  • Steven Matz (2-1, 5.40 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Mets opposing Giants right-hander Jake Peavy (1-1, 6.86 ERA).

 

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Lineups & Game Notes: Reds vs. Mets 7:10 pm et.

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Cincinnati Reds (9-12):

1. Zack Cozart (R) SS
2. Ivan De Jesus Jr. (R) 2B
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
4. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
5. Devin Mesoraco (R) C
6. Adam Duvall (R) RF
7. Scott Schebler (L) LF
8. Jon Moscot (R) P
9. Billy Hamilton (S) CF

SP: Jon Moscot RHP (0-1, 5.06 ERA)

New York Mets (12-7):

1. Alejandro De Aza (L) RF
2. David Wright (R) 3B
3. Michael Conforto (L) LF
4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
5. Neil Walker (S) 2B
6. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
7. Juan Lagares (R) CF
8. Kevin Plawecki (R) C
9. Matt Harvey (R) P

SP: Matt Harvey RHP (1-3, 5.24 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.

Game Notes:

REDS-METS NOTES: New York has won 15 of the last 17 match- ups between the two clubs…The Mets clinched the 2015 NL East title in Cincinnati on September 26…The Mets are 7-1 vs. the Reds at Citi Field since 2014.

HOW SWEEP IT IS: New York has won the first two games of this series and will look for the sweep tonight…The Mets swept the Reds twice last year, once in a three-game series at Citi Field, June 26-28 and in a four-game series at Cincinnati, September 24-27…The Mets have won four straight series.

FIRST COMEBACK: The Mets recorded their first come-from-behind win of the year last night…New York had been only team without a comeback win in 2016…The Mets posted 40 come-from-behind victories in 2015.

CONFORTO CAN’T BE CONTAINED: Michael Conforto is hitting .390 (16-41) with 10 runs scored, six doubles, three home runs and eight RBI in his last 11 games…He has a .447 on-base percentage and a .756 slugging percentage during that span…According to ESPN Stats & Info, Conforto’s 30.6 percent hard-hit rate this season is the highest in the majors…Bryce Harper ranks second with a 28.8 percent rate.

DUDA SEEING RED: Has four home runs in his last seven games with an at-bat with nine RBI during that span…Duda is batting .345 (10-30) during that stretch…Duda has nine career home runs and 32 RBI in 29 games vs. Cincinnati…Has reached base safely in 10 consecutive games with an at-bat vs. the Reds dating to September 5, 2014 (.468 OBP during that time)…Was 7-22 (.318) with two doubles, three home runs and 14 RBI in 22 games vs. Cincinnati in 2015.

THE DARK KNIGHT: Earned his first win of the season in his last start on April 22 at Atlanta and snapped a career-high four-game losing streak dating to October 3, 2015..Has made four career starts against the Reds…Is 2-0 with a 2.36 ERA (seven earned runs/26.2 innings)…Struck out 23 and walked six…His two wins against Cincinnati are the most for him against any National League Central division opponent.

GRANDYMAN STREAKING: Curtis Granderson has hit in seven straight contests, going 12-29 (.414) with a .514 on-base percentage… Granderson has hit .357 (15-42) with 12 runs scored, three doubles, two triples, four home runs and eight RBI over his last 10 contests…Is riding an 11-game hitting streak vs. the Reds dating to September 5 , 2014 … Is batting .404 (19-47) with four doubles, six home runs, 15 RBI and 11 runs scored in the 11-game stretch.

WALKER AROUND THE BASES: Neil Walker has seven home runs over his last 11 games…Walker’s eight home runs are the most he’s ever hit in any calendar month…Walker is tied for second in the majors with his eight long balls…Only Bryce Harper (nine) has more.

LA POTENCIA: Over his last eight contests, Cespedes is batting .367 (11-30) with three doubles, one triple, five home runs and 14 RBI…Cespedes is tied for fourth in the NL with 17 RBI…Cespedes has at least one extra-base hit in a career- eight straight games which is tied for the franchise-record… Since August 1, 2015 (his first game with the Mets), Cespedes is tied for third in the majors in home runs with 23, behind Chris Davis (28), and Nolan Arenado (25).

BEWARE OF BRANDON: Brandon Phillips has hit safely in each of his 33 career road games vs the Mets (45-131, .344), including all 23 of his appearances at Citi Field (29-96, .302) and all 10 of his appearances at Shea Stadium (16-35, .457)…is the longest hitting streak by any player at this ballpark and the longest road hitting streak for any player against any opponent since Joe Medwick got at least 1 hit in 46 road games against the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1933-1937 courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau…Has a career line of .309/.354/.515 11 HR’s 48 RBI in 66 career games against the Mets…Phillips .BA, OBP, & SLG%, against the Mets is his highest against any National League opponent besides the Reds…His OPS of .870 against the Mets is highest against any NL opponent besides the Reds.

 

METS VS. MOSCOT: The Mets have never faced the 24-year old right-hander, and no player on the current 25-man roster has a plate appearance against Moscot.

 

Final Recap: Mets 4 – Reds 3

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The New York Mets (12-7) won their fifth game in a row tonight by defeating the Cincinnati Reds (9-12) by the final score of 4-3. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2016_04_26_cinmlb_nynmlb_1#game=2016_04_26_cinmlb_nynmlb_1,game_tab=box,game_state=Wrapup

Game Notes:

  • Yoenis Cespedes came off the bench tonight and hit a game- tying pinch-hit 3-run homer in the bottom of the 7th.
  • David Wright was 1-4 hitting the go-ahead RBI single in the bottom of the 7th.
  • Michael Conforto who was hitting clean-up went 2-4 with a double.
  • Curtis Granderson was 2-3 with a triple and scored the go-ahead run.
  • Jeurys Familia picked up save number 7 with a perfect 9th inning.
  • Bartolo Colon received the no-decision pitching 5 innings while allowing 3 runs on 8 hits. Colon walked only 1 batter while striking out 4. Tonight Colon became the second active pitcher this season to pitch 3,000 career innings.

What. A. Win. To be honest I did not see this coming with the way the flow of the game had been going. But as I have learned since last July, these aren’t the same old Mets. The Mets couldn’t muster much offense against Brandon Finnegan but everything changed in the magical bottom of the seventh. A Juan Lagares walk, and a Kevin Plawecki single set up the perfect scenario for a hobbled Yoenis Cespedes to come to the plate as the tying run. I originally believed Reds pitching coach Bryan Price would pull Finnegan when he ran to the mound after the Plawecki single, but he left him in to face Cespedes.  Cespedes then cracked the first pitch fastball thrown by Finnegan into left field just over the fence sending Citi Field into a frenzy. Curtis Granderson then followed that act up with a triple off of Reds reliever Tony Cingrani, with David Wright driving him in on a base hit one batter later. 

Besides Cespedes and Wright being the obvious heroes tonight, there were a couple of unsung heroes on the field tonight that kept this game within striking distance. Logan Verrett came in and gave the Mets two scoreless innings of relief in the sixth and seventh innings which helped keep the game within reach for the offense. Verrett has been such a great piece to this Mets team with his versatility of pitching out of the bullpen and in the rotation. Gary Cohen pointed out tonight that Logan Verrett is the first Mets pitcher since Joe Smith in 2008 to get wins on consecutive days.

Neil Walker’s bat did not carry the Mets tonight, but his glove certainly did. Walker helped Logan Verrett get out of a jam in the top of the sixth inning with runners on first and second with one out, and Reds pitcher Brandon Finnegan at the plate. Walker who looked to be playing the bunt instead got a sharply hit ground ball his way, and made a beautiful diving roll-over stop to his right, to turn a double play, and get Verrett out of a jam. Walker continues to do nothing but impress for the Mets in his first season.

The Mets have now won five straight games and ten of their last twelve, as they are steamrolling through opponents since the beginning of their previous nine game road trip. The Mets have also now won ten straight games in a row against the Reds dating back to 2014, which is an impressive feat in itself.  The Mets will go for win number six in a row tomorrow evening and look to add to their current win streak against the Reds. There is speculation that Yoenis Cespedes may make his return to the lineup which would be fantastic, although I won’t disagree if he rests one more game since the Mets have an off-day Thursday as well, which could give him another day of rest to heal. By the way what gives with Reds second basemen against the Mets? Mets slayer Brandon Phillips sat tonight’s game out due to his painful at-bat last night, and Ivan De Jesus Jr. stepped in and cracked a 2-run bomb to left-center tonight. Whoever is at second base tomorrow night for the Reds, we should tread lightly with (joking), especially if Phillips returns to the Reds lineup (not joking). 

  • The Mets will look for their second straight sweep tomorrow evening against the Reds with first pitch slated for 7:10 pm et. Tomorrow night’s game can be seen on SNY.
  • Matt Harvey (1-3, 5.24 ERA) will look to continue to move past his recent struggles as he toes the hill for the Mets against Reds right-hander Jon Moscot (0-1, 5.06 ERA).

 

Lineups & Game Notes: Reds vs. Mets 7:10 pm et.

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Cincinnati Reds (9-11):

1. Zack Cozart (R) SS
2. Tyler Holt (R) RF
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
4. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
5. Adam Duvall (R) LF
6. Tucker Barnhart (S) C
7. Ivan De Jesus Jr. (R) 2B
8. Brandon Finnegan (L) P
9. Billy Hamilton (S) CF

SP: Brandon Finnegan LHP (1-1, 3.74 ERA)

New York Mets (11-7):

1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. David Wright (R) 3B
4. Michael Conforto (L) LF
5. Neil Walker (S) 2B
6. Wilmer Flores (R) 1B
7. Juan Lagares (R) CF
8. Kevin Plawecki (R) C
9. Bartolo Colon (R) P

SP: Bartolo Colon RHP (1-1, 2.89 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY and MLB Network.

Game Notes:

REDS-METS NOTES: New York has won 14 of the last 16 match- ups between the two clubs…The Mets have won a franchise-record nine straight games vs. Cincinnati dating to September 7, 2014…The Mets have posted a double-digit winning streak vs. one team five times in their franchise history (Pittsburgh 15 straight wins, 6/6/86-4/9/87; Colorado, 11 wins, 5/4/14-8/23/15; San Diego, 11 wins, 5/28/69-8/27/69; Philadelphia, 10 wins, twice, 5/9/15- 8/31/15 and 9/10/71-6/28/72)…Mets clinched the 2015 NL East title in Cincinnati on September 26.

METSCELLANEOUS: The Mets have won nine of their last 11 games, including four in a row…New York is 3-4 at home this year.

SCORE FIRST ASK QUESTIONS LATER: New York has scored first in 12 straight games dating to April 12, the longest such streak in team history…The previous mark was 11 straight games accomplished in 1991 and 1987…Info courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau.

DIGGIN’ THE LONG BALL: New York has hit 28 home runs this year… Only Arizona (30) and St. Louis (30) have hit more…Since April 15, the Mets lead the majors with 26 home runs…Arizona and St. Louis are tied for second with 19 during that span.

COLON CHASING HISTORY: Bartolo Colon has 219 career wins, tied with Pedro Martinez for the second-most among Dominican-born pitchers… Juan Marichal ranks first with 243 wins…Colon has posted 22 victories since the 2014 All-Star Game, which is tied for the 13th- most in the majors over that span.

COLON VS. CINCINNATI: Is 4-1 with a 3.77 ERA (12 earned runs/28.2 innings) in five games, all starts, against the Reds…Has not faced the Reds since 2014, when he earned the win on September 5…Pitched 7.0 innings, allowing two runs, earned, on seven hits at the Great American Ball Park.

 

CONFORTO LOVES THE NUMBER 3: Since moving the number #3 spot in the lineup, Conforto is hitting .378 (14-37) with 10 runs scored, five doubles, three home runs and eight RBI in 10 games…He has a .442 on-base percentage and a .757 slugging percentage during that span.

DUDA IS SEEING RED: Has four home runs in his last seven games with nine RBI during that span…Duda is batting .345 (10-30) during that stretch…Last night was his 57th home run at Citi Field, the most in the park’s history…Duda has nine career home runs and 32 RBI in 28 games vs. Cincinnati…Has reached base safely in 10 consecutive games vs. the Reds dating to September 5, 2014 (.468 OBP during that time)…Was 7-22 (.318) with two doubles, three home runs and 14 RBI in 22 games vs. Cincinnati in 2015.

GRANDYMAN IS STREAKING: Curtis Granderson has hit in six straight contests, going 10-26 (.385) with a .484 on-base percentage… Granderson has hit .333 (13-39) with 11 runs scored, three doubles, one triple, four home runs and eight RBI over his last nine contests..Is riding a 10-game hitting streak vs. the Reds dating to September 5, 2014… Is batting .386 (17-44) with four doubles, six home runs, 15 RBI and 10 runs scored in the 10-game stretch.

METS VS. FINNEGAN: The New York Mets have never faced the 23-year old left-hander, but three players have previous experience against Finnegan with their respective clubs and their numbers are provided below…Only one player with previous experience is in tonight’s starting line up…

  • Asdrubal Cabrera: .000 (0-2, 1 K)
  • Alejandro De Aza: .667 (2-3, 1 RBI)
  • Yoenis Cespedes: .000 (0-4, 3 K)

Final Recap: Mets 5 – Reds 3

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The New York Mets (11-7) defeated the Cincinnati Reds (9-11) this evening at Citi Field by the final score of 5-3. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2016_04_25_cinmlb_nynmlb_1#game=2016_04_25_cinmlb_nynmlb_1,game_state=Wrapup,game_tab=box

Game Notes:

  • Neil Walker was the hero tonight going 2-4 with the go ahead 2-run home run in the bottom of the 7th.
  • Michael Conforto was 3-3 tonight with a solo HR, a double and a single.
  • Lucas Duda continued his hot hitting against the Reds going 2-4 with 2-run home run.
  • Noah Syndergaard pitched 6.2 innings allowing 3 runs on 7 hits. Syndergaard walked none while striking out 9.
  • Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect ninth to pick up his 6th save.
  • Travis d’Arnaud left tonight’s contest early in the top of the 8th with a sore shoulder.

What more can you say about Neil Walker’s first month with the New York Mets? Walker has been hitting at a torrid pace in April and hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. It makes you forget all about Daniel Murphy who is also having a torrid start to the season for the rival Nationals. It was nice to see the crowd Neil such a great reaction after his home run and he is easily becoming a fan favorite on this ball club. Walker’s eight home runs now rank second in the Majors, and he has now tied Jeff Kent for most home runs by a second baseman in the month of April with eight. The Mets all-time record for most home runs hit in the month of April by any position player is nine, which has been completed three times. Walker has 4 games left in the month to tie that record and we will all be rooting for him to do so. 

Noah Syndergaard pitched a fantastic game tonight despite running into trouble in a few innings. He constantly figures out ways on the fly to get hitters out and I feel as if I can trust him to get out of any tough situation he gets into. Syndergaard’s stuff in the first month of April is Cy Young worthy, and it will be interesting to see if he can continue to dominate at the level he is at right now, through the rest of the season.

Michael Conforto has called dibs on the third-spot in the lineup for the rest of the season as he has done nothing but rake since being moved up in the lineup. Conforto was just a triple shy of the cycle tonight and he has all the makings of the next Mets young superstar. In eleven games thus far hitting in the three spot, Conforto has hit .378 with  five doubles, four home runs eight RBIs, and ten runs scored. It will be interesting to see if Terry Collins sits Conforto tomorrow night as the Reds will be sending out a left-handed starting pitcher. I can’t see how Collins can bench Conforto with how hot his bat is, and how dynamic the lineup has become since being inserted into the third spot in the lineup. That will be something to watch when the lineups come out tomorrow afternoon.

You have to feel bad for Travis d’Arnaud who can’t seem to catch a break as far as injuries go. D’Arnaud was replaced in the top of the eighth inning tonight by Kevin Plawecki due to a sore shoulder. The injury apparently originated from the Mets catcher making throws tonight, as the Reds went nuts on the base paths swiping five stolen bases. There had been no indication this was a previous injury so it is something that bears watching. D’Arnaud is expected to undergo medical tests on the shoulder tomorrow, where we will learn more about his condition. The Mets have apparently pulled catcher Rene Rivera from action in Las Vegas tonight, which all but means he is heading to New York. Rivera will back up Plawecki if d’Arnaud is indeed placed on the DL. 

  • The Mets look to continue their nine game winning streak, which dates back to 2014, against the Reds in the second game of their three game series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 pm et and can be seen on SNY and MLB Network.
  • Bartolo Colon (1-1, 2.89 ERA) with his 219 career wins, will look to pass Pedro Martinez on the all-time Dominican born pitcher wins list, against Reds southpaw Brandon Finnegan (1-1, 3.74 ERA).