Last night could have easily been the game that ended the Mets season. After going ahead 4-2 in the 8th inning, Diaz allowed a tying homer in the top of the ninth. He struck out the side but things looked bleak. Then the Mets got two outs in the ninth inning. Even bleaker. A couple of hits later though Jeff McNeil was at the plate with runners on the corners on two outs and the Mets team started to believe – smiling in the dugout, hanging over the railing. He got hit and Pete Alonso was brought to the plate. At that point it felt inevitable that the Mets were going to win the game. More so when the count was 2-0, slightly less so when it was 2-2, and definite when the count was 3-2. Alonso walked, his jersey was ripped off, the mistakes of the top of the 9th forgotten and now the Mets have a chance to take the series from the Phillies today.
Marcus Stroman looks to do just that. He is 1-1 over 6 games and 31.2 innings since becoming a Met with a 4.55 ERA, 5.05 FIP, 1.642 WHIP and 91 ERA+. He is coming off of one his strongest starts since becoming a Met – and that was against the Phillies in their sandbox of a stadium. He pitched 6.0 innings allowing 2 runs from 7 hits and 2 walks and only 1 homer. He came out for the 7th, allowed a hit, and was taken out of the game. The Phillies have the following numbers against him:
- Brad Miller 7-30, 2B, 3B, HR, 4 BB, 7 K
- Corey Dickerson 12-30, 4 2B, 2 HR, BB, 4 K
- Logan Morrison 5-25, HR, 3 BB, 4 K
- Jean Segura 3-10, 3 K
- Cesar Hernandez 1-6, HR, K
- Bryce Harper 0-3, 2 K
- Adam Haseley 1-2, 2B, BB
- J.T. Realmuto 0-2
- Rhys Hoskins 1-3, K
The Mets bats draw Drew Smyly today who is 3-6 over 21 games and 17 starts across both the Rangers and the Phillies this year. In 94.2 innings he has a 6.65 ERA, 6.74 FIP, 1.658 WHIP and 73 ERA+. He’s been better since becoming a Phillie. In 8 starts and 43.1 innings he has a 4.57 ERA, 5.20 FIP, 1.362 WHIP and 100 ERA+. He’s coming off of his best start since July 21st – last time out he allowed 1 run on 4 hits and 3 walks in 5.1 innings against the Reds. The Mets batters have the following numbers against him:
Let’s Go Mets!