Terry Collins received a lot of criticism for deciding to give Tommy-John recoverer Matt Harvey extra rest, but it certainly panned out well today.
Logan Verrett, called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to spot start for Harvey, went eight innings today, striking out eight and allowing four hits and a Carlos Gonzalez home run as his only earned run. (But really, Gonzalez was going to hit a home run no matter who he faces, I commend Verrett for limiting it to just one.) Despite a leadoff walk to D.J. LeMahieu, Hansel Robles shut the door in the ninth inning to secure the win for the Mets.
The Mets offense relied heavily on multi-hit games from interim first baseman Daniel Murphy and star rookie Michael Conforto, as well as RBI’s from Wilmer Flores and Anthony Recker. The team as a whole certainly took advantage of iffy Colorado pitching, as two of their runs scored on wild pitches on behalf of rookie pitcher David Hale.
The Mets received even more good news today, such that star third baseman David Wright is expected to re-join the team tomorrow in Philadelphia. Verrett is expected to again be optioned to Las Vegas to clear up a roster spot for Wright. All-Star and potential Cy Young candidate Jacob deGrom is slated to face off against rookie Adam Morgan tomorrow with hopes to extend the Mets winning streak to four.