After back-to-back home runs from Travis d’Arnaud and Wilmer Flores in the top of the first inning, the Mets would not look back. Juan Lagares, getting a rare start, hit one of his own in the second inning, extending the lead to 6-0. D’Arnaud would later single in the inning to make it 7-0, his fourth RBI of the game.
The game might has well have ended after d’Arnaud’s first-inning home run, as Bartolo Colon dominated, pitching a complete game shutout. Colon’s numbers didn’t look too great, striking out two and allowing nine hits. However, the efficiency is, and always has been, the key to Colon’s success. When he’s on, Colon will give up his fair share of hits. He’s not a strike out pitcher by any stretch of the imagination; he relies on getting his outs by pitching to contact. He allowed zero walks tonight, as he does so often, allowing him to polish off his shutout in under a hundred pitches. On a night of so much turmoil surrounding Matt Harvey’s playoff contention, the veteran of the staff really stepped up and put on a show, especially with this gem in the sixth:
He makes my playoff roster any day.
Tomorrow’s matchup will consist of two starters who haven’t pitched since July. Rookie Steven Matz, coming off the DL, will take the hill against Jarred Cosart, returning from the minor leagues after a disappointing start to the season. Starting in place of Noah Syndergaard, Matz looks to take the rubber match of the three-game series against the Marlins at 1:10pm tomorrow in Miami.