By Gem Tablak
After winning an important series vs the Cardinals, who hold down the 2nd Wild Card spot in the NL. The Mets have taken 2 straight from the Phillies while out scoring them 21-5 & are now 2.5 games back from that very spot.
Saturday night the Phillies had to face Noah Syndergaard, who went 7 innings while only giving up 2 hits & 2 BB’s with 7 in the K column, eventually improving his record to 12-7 & lowering his ERA to 2.55. Henderson & Smoker each followed to pitch a scoreless inning as the Mets cap off a 3 game win streak with 1 more to go tomorrow vs the Phillies.
However pertaining to tonight, the Mets completely beat the breaks off of the Phil’s winning 12-1. Reyes went 3-5 raising his average to .294 while scoring 2 runs from the lead off spot. Cabrera, again from the 2 hole hit a 2 run HR to give him 16 on the season while going 3-4 with 2 runs scored as well. Cespedes drove in 3 runs on his 3 run HR in the 4th inning to bring him to 26 HR’s & 67 RBI’s.
Tomorrow the Mets will take on Vince Velasquez in a 1:10 PM game while Gsellman gets his 1st MLB start after picking up his 1 MLB victory while coming in for an injured Jon Niese. The Mets offense has been on an absolute tear as if these games were in Philadelphia’s very tiny ball park & Velasquez has an ERA of 6.25 in his last 7 starts. It’ll be interesting to see if the Mets can keep the offense rolling & how they incorporate the struggling Jay Bruce into this line up. After all, there is only 1 clean up spot in a line up.