By: Paul DiSclafani
The Mets Machine keeps on rolling, winning their sixth straight (all on the road) and battering the Phillies again, this time 9-4. Mets now a season high 14 games over .500 (70-56) and with the Nationals losing to San Diego, increase their lead in the NL East to 6.5 games.
Since 2014, the Mets are 23-5 against Philadelphia, 11-1 this year. Mets have been feasting on the denizens of the NL and are now 30-9 against the Phillies, Marlins, Rockies and Reds with 18 of 36 games left against those teams.
Mets pounced early on rookie starter Jerad Eickhoff, scoring three times in the first and seemingly having the youngster on the ropes. Mets are 18-9 this year against rookie pitchers.
Curtis Granderson was safe on an outfield error leading off (same as last night) and after Yoenis Cespedes reached to put runners on the corners, Daniel Murphy made it 1-0 with aground out. Michael Cuddyer then doubled in a run followed by a Michael Conforto RBI single after 43 Eickhoff pitches, it was 3-0.
But Eickhoff settled down, getting 16 straight before Conforto doubled with two outs in the sixth and Juan Uribe followed with a single to make it 4-0.
Meanwhile, Bartolo Colon (W, 11-11) who had just one win in his last 11 starts, was magnificent. He pitched seven scoreless innings (5H, 8K) on a night that the Mets needed to rest the bullpen.
Cuddyer made it 6-0 with a long two run homer into the second deck in the 8th and it seemed like another laugher. Sheesh…
If you turned your head as the Phils batted in the 8th, when you turned back it was 6-4 as both Eric O’Flaherty and Carlos Torres couldn’t get it done. Tyler Clippard finally had to come in to clean up the mess.
In the ninth, the Mets broke things open, taking advantage of two errors by Phillies shortstop third Freddy Galvis that led to three runs, highlighted by Cespedes’ first triple of the year. The 9-4 lead allowed the Mets to breathe.
Mets go for the sweep tomorrow with Jon Niese (8-9), t hen head home for a weekend series against the Red Sox.
POSITIVES: Rehabbing rookie P-Steven Matz threw 56 pitches tonight (49 for strikes) for AA Binghamton and struck out six in six scoreless innings, getting the last 16 in a row … Cespedes, Flores and Conforto had two hits each as Mets banged out 12 hits … Cuddyer had three hits including a 2B and HR, driving in 3 runs. Cuddyer is 7-10 with 2HR and 6 RBI in the series. He has hit in 21 straight against the Phillies … With Nationals loss, Mets Magic Number is down to 31 … Mets were 6-10 w/RISP … Clippard got the 4-out save (2) … Mets 1st in league in HR, Runs Scored and Slugging Percentage since 7/25
NEGATIVES: O’Flaherty is not getting the job done. His ERA is 15.88 … Anthony Recker (0-4) is batting .130 and has just 9 hits all season (69 AB).