No more snakebites, and the Mets won their first three games in a row in June.
After a disastrous June, the Mets bounced back quickly to start July, winning two games against the Giants to clinch their first series title since late May. But they were playing a mid-level Giants team and had to travel to Arizona to face the current division leader, the Diamondbacks. Despite limited work, the Mets got off to a strong start by starting Max Scherzer against Zach Davis.
The first third of the match was relatively quiet. Barring a few singles by Sterling Marte and Brett Batty, the Mets were held back. And the only point the Diamondbacks scored came from current Rookie of the Year frontrunner Corbyn Carroll. Other than that, Scherzer was in pretty good form, striking out five through three innings.
It was in the bottom of the fourth that things started to get interesting. A walk by Francisco Lindor stole a base for Lindall, and Jeff McNeill singled to put the runner in the corner with two outs. Marte did a great job, hitting a home run to give the Mets three more runs. In the bottom of the inning, Christian Walker and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. scored back-to-back to tie the score at three each.
In the fifth inning, Brandon Nimmo put the Mets back on top with a home run of his own to give the Mets a one-run lead. And in the back of the inning, Scherzer began to wobble. After two quick outs, he singled to Alec Thomas, stole second base, and the bases were loaded on a walk by Gerardo Perdomo and a single by Jake McCarthy. Carroll walked the second game of the game to tie the game at four each. Scherzer then escaped.
Both teams were quiet through the sixth, but the Mets fought back in the seventh. The Diamondbacks brought in former Met Miguel Castro, followed by a walk by Daniel Vogelbach and a slugging home run by Francisco Alvarez to give the Mets a two-run lead. Brooks Larry dealt with some congestion late in the inning, but held on to the lead for the Mets. In the eighth inning, the Mets had the bases loaded with one out, and recently added DJ Stewart scored on a sacrifice fly to extend the Mets lead to three.
The Mets weren’t content with that honor even in the ninth inning. Brett Batty scored the lead with a single, followed by a wild pitch and a ground ball to advance to third base. Although Drew Smith came on and got two outs, he put two runners on base and created a situation to save David Robertson. Robertson quickly allowed Carroll to single to base and walk Christian Walker for the extra run, shaving off part of his lead. However, Robertson managed to escape and scored a forceout to end the match.
The Mets’ pitching staff has had some turbulent times, but the Mets were able to push on to a three-game winning streak. It was the first three-game winning streak for the Mets since they swept the Phillies at the end of May. They have a long way to go before they get back into full playoff contention, and they have some serious issues to deal with (mainly the bullpen), but they’re on a good track now. And after a month they’ve just had, every victory is a feel-good victory.
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big mets winner: Sterling Marte, +29.8% WPA
big mets loser: Max Scherzer, -16.1% WPA
Mets pitcher: -0.6% WPA
Mets hitter: +50.6% WPA
Oh 3s0mest play: Sterling Marte’s four 3-run homers, +32.1% WPA
sux0rest please play: Corbyn Carroll 5th inning walk, -14.3% WPA
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