Luckily for the New York Mets, Jason Hammel doesn’t have nearly as good a curveball as Adam Wainwright. They’re moving on to the World Series.
The Mets’ early offensive barrage powered the Mets to their first Pennant in fifteen years. Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud got things started in the first with back-to-back jacks, giving the Mets an early 4-0 lead that would not be relinquished. Duda broke through today in a big way, with his homer plus a 2-RBI double in the second inning. Lucas chose a great time to get his bat going—just in time for the World Series.
And, oh yeah, Daniel Murphy hit a homer again, setting another record. Ho hum.
Steven Matz was strong through four and two thirds innings, only giving up one run on four hits. He got into a little trouble in the fourth, where veteran Bartolo Colon provided an inning and a third of solid relief and picked up the win.
Of course, such a monumental win didn’t come easy for the Mets, as it never could. The game presented many injury concerns and worried Mets fans across the board. Yoenis Cespedes exited the game in the third inning with unexplained “shoulder soreness”, Wilmer Flores was jumped on by Cubs shortstop Javier Baez on a stolen base, and Travis d’Arnaud was hit in the wrist by a pitch in the seventh. Flores and d’Arnaud stayed in the game, although I am not convinced that neither injury was significant—they could’ve just stayed in for lack of bench options, with Cespedes already out of the game. Flores looked very shaken up from Baez’s fall, and it took a minute for d’Arnaud to walk off getting hit by a Pedro Strop fastball.
Rejoice, Mets fans. This celebration is long overdue. But our journey is not yet over. The Mets will be playing either the Toronto Blue Jays or the Kansas City Royals for the World Series title.
So rest up, Mets fans: Game 1 is on Tuesday. I hope you’re better prepared than Bartolo Colon.