After trailing 7-1 early on, the Mets came back and defeated the Miami Marlins 8-7 in what was easily the most epic win of the season.
The injuries have piled up for this Mets team and we’re just in the first week of May. Their ace will be out for at least a couple of months, and their best hitter is likely to need a few more weeks to fully recover, but this club is hell bent on staying in the race throughout this summer and everyone is stepping up to the plate.
In Friday night’s come-from-behind win, the Mets did hit two home runs (one by crown-winner T.J. Rivera and one by Curtis Granderson), but the rally they needed to tie it, and eventually take the lead in the seventh inning was all smart/hard hitting ball.
Singles by Wilmer Flores, Asdrubal Cabrera, Michael Conforto to go along with doubles by Jose Reyes and the game-tying one by T.J. Rivera showed what happens when you can put the bat on the ball and not strike out. Sometimes those well hit balls find holes.
These last eight games the Mets offense has definitely woken up. They’ve scored at least five runs in that timeframe while scoring seven or more runs in their last four games.
After the game, infielder Wilmer Flores was asked about the offense’s recent explosion to score runs, and he talked about the fact that this team just simply “never gives up.” When they struggle, it’s obviously not because they aren’t trying, but that’s just what happens sometimes.
With last night’s win, the Mets have climbed back to only two games under .500. As we all know, their April was bad, so it’s extremely important for not only the offense, but the pitching to also click in May so the team can back into it.
Friday night’s game was definitely not a good example of that, as the Marlins had seven runs on the board by the time the 4th inning ended, Rafael Montero struggled — as expected — and the Marlins were all over Josh Smoker when he came in to replace him as well.
After that though, the Mets bullpen held it together. Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins, Addison Reed, and yes, even Jeurys Familia, pitched scoreless innings on Friday. It was a tight affair after the seventh when the Mets came back, but their pitchers did what they were suppose to do.
The Mets will go for the series win on Saturday night as Robert Gsellman looks to get on track somehow after struggling severely early on this season.