Thursday, June 8, 2017
Real Live Victory
I know that in order to win, they needed to score, and scoring runs in Texas doesn't seem to be much of an issue, although they only hit two Home Runs on Wednesday as opposed to the 5 they hit on Tuesday, which of course just goes to show you that, really, you need to pitch well in addition to hitting Home Runs, and sometimes cramming both of these things into one game has been a challenge for the Mets this season.
Zack Wheeler, who, let's face it, has been the Mets best pitcher to this point this season, slung his way through 7 innings and in fact left in prime position for a win as the Mets did lead 3-1, but, of course, the Mets bullpen went SPLAT and blew his lead in the 8th inning. Extra innings seemed imminent but the Mets managed to scrape across a run in the top of the 9th in spite of themselves. Jose Reyes hit what apparently should have been an inning-ending fielder's choice, but for Roughned Odor alligator-arming a relay throw to Elvis Andrus that was not handled (and even after replay still was not handled), which allowed Matt Reynolds to steam around from 2nd base to score.
Ostensibly, the Mets scored the winning run on the most Anti-Met play of the season, because it seems like this sort of thing has been working against the Mets all year.
So, the Mets leave Texas with a split, and I really can't say they're treading water because with their standing it seems like they're drowning. Now, off to Atlanta and I can't say recent history of June trips to Atlanta give me much confidence. On the other hand, reinforcements are coming...supposedly...