If the first two weeks of the season have taught us anything, it’s that this New York Mets team is never out of the game. The resiliency of this team is amazing to watch.
The New York Mets swept the Miami Marlins in their first meeting of the season down in South Florida. Winning is becoming old news for this team, but they’re playing and acting like it’s mid-September and there’s a pennant to be won.
Game 1- Monday, April 9, 2018
Game one was won without the long ball! Talk about progress!
Michael Conforto singled to lead off the game. Nothing came of his single, as Jose Urena kept the Mets off of the board in the first, but it is amazing how Conforto transforms this lineup and takes it to a whole other level.
Todd Frazier walked to lead off the second inning and advanced to second on an Asdrubal Cabrera single. Frazier would score from second on an Adrian Gonzalez single, making it 1-0 Mets in the second. Kevin Plawecki grounded into a double play, allowing Cabrera to score from third. 2-0 Mets.
Gonzalez walked to lead off the 7th inning. Brandon Nimmo reached on an error, advancing Gonzalez to third. Rosario singled in Gonzalez, making it 4-1 Mets, which would end up being the final score.
Game 2- Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Game 2 did not come easily for the Mets. The orange and blue went back and forth with the Marlins all night. As you could have guessed, though, the Mets came out on top.
Again, Conforto singled to lead off the game. Get used to it, Met fans. Wilmer Flores, hitting against a lefty, doubled, scoring Conforto from first.
Cabrera sent out his third home run of the year in the 4th inning to make it 2-0 Mets.
Rosario doubled in the 5th, and then scored on a single from Conforto.
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Miami took the lead 4-3 in the bottom of the 6th.
Todd Frazier doubled to lead off the 6th and took third on a fly out by Cabrera. Frazier would score on another fly out, this time from Juan Lagares, that would tie the game at 4. This team never stops fighting.
Miami took the lead again in the bottom of the 7th, making it 6-4 Miami.
In the top of the 8th, Flores sent out his first home run of the year to left center, making it 6-5 Miami. But not for long. Two batters later, Cabrera would send out his second home run of the night, tying the game at 6.
I know it’s still early, but Cabrera has been something else for this team.
In the top of the 9th, Rosario reached on an error and worked his way to second when Conforto walked behind him. With two men on, a struggling, flu-ridden Yoenis Cespedes won the game for the Mets with a double to left field, scoring both Rosario and Conforto. In the end, the Mets walked away with 8-6 win.
Game 3- Wednesday, April 11, 2018
The Mets were down 1-0 through six, as they were getting no-hit by Marlins rookie Jarlin Garcia. What have we learned through the first two weeks of the season? Resiliency.
Todd Frazier broke up the no-hitter in the 7th. Deep breaths, the Mets avoided history.
Plawecki was hit a pitch in the top of his right hand to leaf off the 8th, which was really scary for a second considering the Mets already lost a catcher to injury that same day. Plawecki stayed in the game and moved to third on a Michael Conforto double. Gonzales singled, bringing in both Plawecki and Conforto. Oh boy, the Mets are winning again, 2-1. Cabrera singled, moving Gonzalez to second, and then scoring from there on a Flores double. 3-1 Mets. Cabrera, not standing on third thanks to Flores, would then score on a sacrifice from Frazier. 4-1 Mets.
That would be an 8 game winning streak for your New York Metropolitans, and a record-setting 10-1 start.
We, being Mets fans, are not used to aggressive base running, or winning games through base hits rather than home runs, or winning games at all. This all feels very unfamiliar to us, but are more than willing to get used to it.