First baseman Lucas Duda went 2-for-4, bashing two home runs and six RBI’s in a 12-5 Mets victory tonight. Curtis Granderson also homered, collecting a multi-hit game along with Duda, Daniel Murphy, Yoenis Cespedes, and Michael Conforto.
Through 7 and 2/3 innings, Noah Syndergaard completely dominated, striking out eleven on five hits. He even helped his own cause with an RBI single up the middle in the second inning.
With some help from the Phillies tonight, the Mets’ magic number is down to one.
That’s right, folks. One.
I think this must be a confidence-booster for the Mets. Broadcaster Gary Cohen claimed Duda needed to step it up before the playoffs yesterday, and he did just that. Clobbering two homers tonight, the latter of which was an absolute moonshot to right field, we can hope that Lucas is back in mid-season form. To nit-pick on an amazing victory, the bullpen was just awful in relief of Syndergaard. However, I don’t think we have too much to worry about-as the culprits, Eric O’Flaherty and Bobby Parnell, are not likely to be put on the postseason roster. (Rewind to three years ago, I couldn’t believe that I just left O’Flaherty and Parnell off a postseason roster, as they posted a very impressive 1.73 and 2.49 ERA respectively in 2012). I must admit, I can’t imagine either’s tenure with the Mets lasting beyond 2015, although those who know me know I’m a huge Bobby Parnell fan. If he can rebound next year more effectively from Tommy John, I think he can make a team very happy.
As the Mets look to clinch tomorrow, I think it behooves us to note the Washington match-up. The Phillies will toss rookie Aaron Nola against Steven Strasburg, as the Nats look to hang on to what little postseason chance they have left. Philadelphia will have their work cut out for them in this one, but hopefully the Mets won’t need their help.
Fittingly, Matt Harvey (12-7, 2.80) will take the hill for the Mets against rookie John Lamb (1-3, 4.60) for the Reds. The Mets will certainly look to be conservative with Harvey’s innings, as always, on Saturday, but with any luck, Harvey can pick up a win that will send New York into the postseason. Live it up, Mets fans. We’ve been waiting for our time for a while.