The Mets (21-16) scored 10 runs in the 4th inning. Yes, you heard that right. The team that came in riding low on a five game losing streak, scoring 10 runs total in those games, erupted for 10 runs in just the 4th inning alone, on their way to a 14-1 beating of the Brewers (13-24). What went right tonight? Pretty much everything. The Mets had a season high 16 hits, scoring 14 runs and deGrom looked to be back to form. The Mets made plays in the field and obviously at the plate. Most impressive, was the bounce back effort on the mound.
Jacob deGrom (4-4 3.21) had a huge bounce back effort on the mound this evening. He pitched 6 innings, scattering 5 hits, 1 run, 1 walk and 6 strikeouts. He looked poised, displayed much better control and his confidence seemed restored. That also could have been due to the fact that his defense stepped up behind him, because like Colon and Niese, deGrom fell apart the last few times after poor defensive plays behind him. I can’t forget to mention that deGrom also went three for three at the dish with a run and RBI and is now batting .294 on the season.
Wilmer Flores now leads the team, and all shortstops, with 6 home runs. He hit an impressive Grand Slam (2nd of his career) and along with his 6 home runs has 15 RBI’s to go along with a .250 batting average. If he somehow can continue this power display and just make the routine plays in the field, the talk of his inability and liability will start to silence. Hopefully his success at the plate can build his confidence and be carried over into his defensive game.
The offense was just flat out impressive tonight (14 runs and 16 hits). It is not like they were facing a minor league fill-in on the mound either. Garza has had a nice career and is still a decent starting pitcher in the league, which makes this effort even more impressive. The Mets offense, pitchers and team overall, needed a win and offensive eruption like this in the biggest way. While it was an all around effort offensively, it was very nice to see breakout games from Granderson (3/5 2R, 1HR, 2RBI) and Cuddyer (2/4 2R, 2RBI). They now need to take this momentum into tomorrow’s game to support the young stud, Noah Syndergaard.