Lucas Duda went three-for-five, hitting two home runs and accounting for all three Mets runs in tonight’s 4-3 Mets loss to the Phillies.
Excluding a three run shot to Darin Ruf in the first inning, Bartolo Colon was status quo tonight, allowing eight hits through five innings. Jonathan Niese, after expressing to manager Terry Collins his interest in moving to the bullpen for the playoffs, came on in the sixth inning. Through an inning and two thirds, Niese allowed one run on three hits, striking out one against the worst team in baseball. This, by no means is a good outing in relief, however it gives Collins a better sense of what he’ll be getting by keeping Niese on the roster.
Before the game, it became known that rookie southpaw Steven Matz is experiencing back stiffness, reportedly unrelated to the lat injury in which he experienced earlier this season, per ESPN’s Adam Rubin. Although rumors came instantly swirling around regarding Colon replacing Matz’s role in the postseason (whatever that may be), it is expected that the Stony Brook-native’s start will merely get pushed back to Thursday after Logan Verrett starts in his place tomorrow.
One positive to take away from today’s game: Lucas Duda is, again, on fire. Duda has been an extremely streaky hitter this season, as about a third of his dingers came in around a week’s time in the middle of the season. After a multi-homer game Friday, only one on Saturday, and two more today, I think it’s safe to say he is on yet another torrid hitting streak to close out the season. We can only hope it transfers smoothly into the playoffs.
Logan Verrett (1-2, 3.40) will square off against fellow rookie Alec Asher (0-5, 7.52) tomorrow night at 7:10pm. Verrett is vouching for a spot on the playoff roster, competing with the likes of Carlos Torres, Hansel Robles, and Erik Goeddel. Despite not being seen as one of the arms of the future like Matz, Syndergaard and deGrom are, Verrett has been phenomenal working as both a starter and reliever for New York, excluding one start. Although I think his chances of making the playoff roster over Robles or even Goeddel are quite slim, Sandy and Terry ought to give him a good look tomorrow.
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The East Is Ours.