The Mets are moving on to the NLCS.
Well, that’s what it felt like anyway.
Fans were treated to quite the pitching duel between young phenoms deGrom and Strasburg. DeGrom threw seven innings, allowing two earned runs and struck out nine. Strasburg, similarly, pitched seven and 1/3 innings, allowing three earned runs and striking out thirteen.
Until the eighth inning, Travis d’Arnaud accounted for the Mets only offense with a solo homer in the second. Pinch hitting for Wilmer Flores, Kelly Johnson did his best Captain Kirk impression and hit a homer to right field to tie the game at two. A few batters later, Yoenis Cespedes did his best Yoenis Cespedes impression and hit a dinger of his own, giving the Mets a 4-2 lead.
Each team would scratch off another run, courtesy of a Michael Conforto single and Bryce Harper’s second home run of the game.
This game really proved that the Mets aren’t backing down-and they won’t settle to be a wild card playoff entry. They now have a seven game lead in the NL East, which looks relatively untouchable (bar a 2007-esque September collapse).
Although I extremely dislike many Nationals players, I do feel bad for reliever Drew Storen. Storen virtually had his closers role ripped away from him after being replaced with newly-acquired Jonathan Papelbon, even after a very successful first half of 2015. He has expressed his displeasure toward the acquisition of Papelbon, and his performance has suffered since. Being a major part of the six-run Mets comeback inning yesterday combined with a game-losing home run today takes a major toll on a pitcher’s confidence-and I can’t help but feel bad for the guy. Here’s Storen discussing his role in the loss Tuesday Night:
Workhorse Bartolo Colon will take on the Braves at 7:10pm tomorrow night at Turner Field, who are just 2-20 in their last 22 games. Rookie of the Year candidate Shelby Miller will take the hill for the Braves, who has worked to a 2.81 ERA, but hasn’t gotten the offensive support he deserves, sitting at just a 5-13 record.
Notable match-ups for tomorrows game:
Freddie Freeman, who recently came off the Disabled List for the Braves, has a career .444 batting average against Bartolo Colon. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons has a .529 batting average and Catcher A.J. Pierzynski has a .391 in the past five seasons. The stats certainly are not in Bartolo’s favor.