By: Paul DiSclafani
With these Mets, it’s a different hero every game.
Last night, seven different players hit home runs (Wilmer Flores hit 2), Logan Verrett stepped up on Sunday for a spot start and threw 8 innings, Yoenis Cespedes hit three home runs in Colorado on Saturday, Curtis Granderson in Baltimore. You get the picture.
Tonight was Michael Cuddyer’s turn in the Mets (69-55) 6-5 win over the Phillies. Mets are now 10-1 against Philadelphia this season.
Trailing 4-3 in the sixth after starter Noah Syndergaard (W, 8-6) served up two, 2-run homers in the third inning, erasing a 3-0 Mets lead, the Mets tied the game on a bases loaded walk to Travis d’Arnaud. With two outs, D’Arnaud fought off strike three by barely fouling the pitch off before working out the game tying walk.
With the bases still loaded, Terry Collins went to this bench, tapping Cuddyer to hit for Syndergaard, who labored through the first five innings with his pitch count already up to 96. And Cuddyer delivered a base hit to center to give the Mets a 6-4 lead.
Mets built a 3-0 lead after two innings when Cespedes went deep in the first inning with a 2-run bomb. It was his 7th home run as a Met and his 25th overall (he hit 18 with Detroit before the 7/31 trade). Cespedes went the first 10 games of his Mets career without a home run and now has 7 in the last 12 games to go along with 20 RBI.
Even Syndergaard got into the hit parade, driving in a run with a double in the second inning to make it 3-0. Although he wasn’t dominant on the mound, he did get the first road win of his career for his five innings (4H, 4R, 2 ER, 9K) of work.
The bullpen was superb again (other than Eric O’Flaherty) as Hansel Robles and Tyler Clippard held serve (2.1 innings, 1 H, 4K) for Jeurys Familia who got a 4-out save for #34.
Bartolo Colon (10-11) takes the hill tomorrow for game 3 of this series. Colon has been awful of late, lasting just 3.2 innings against Colorado in his last start (getting the ND) and has won just 1 of his last 10 starts (1-6), but the Mets have lost 8 of those starts.
The Nationals also won tonight, so the Mets maintain their 5.5 game lead in the NL East with the win, reducing their magic number to 33.
POSITIVES: Cuddyer was 3-4 last night with a HR and is 8-18 in his last 8 games … Syndergaard avoided tying the Mets record for consecutive road losses from the start of a career (10) … Kelly Johnson had two hits, but also made an error that prolonged the third inning, leading to Ryan Howard’s 2R HR … d’Arnaud also had two hits, including a 2B … ESPN reported that Mets became the first team in major league history to get home runs from hitters 1-7 in the batting order on Monday night …
NEGATIVES: A little controversy in the seventh inning, when Mets rookie reliever Hansel Robles was accused of trying to “quick pitch” the Phillies PH Darin Ruf as he took his time in the batter’s box. Robles began to deliver the first pitch before Ruf had settled into the box and home plate umpire Dan Bellino put his hands up to stop him, but Robles delivered it anyway. Phillies bench coach Larry Bowa and former Met Jeff Francoeur began jawing at Robles and the teams milled around the infield for a few minutes without any punches being thrown. Bowa was ejected and Robles struck out Ruf to end the inning … O’Flaherty got just one out and was charged with a run on two hits