Benefitting from playing in one of the weaker divisions in baseball, the Mets were given an 86% chance of making the playoffs before Monday night’s thrashing. Seven different players hit home runs.
The fans’ enthusiasm promoted Phillies radio analyst Larry Andersen to call out Mets Nation. He’s batting just. 237 against southpaws, however, with an OPS of.
Members of both teams came on the field, but umpires kept them apart.
Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports Noah Syndergaard gets the win but doesn’t pitch particularly well.
The Phillies are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. Rookie Jerad Eickhoff makes his second career start against the rival New York Mets. 227 and slugged only nine home runs, enough to be second-worst in the NL.
Against the lowly Philadelphia Phillies, New York put up a staggering 16 runs, 15 extra-base hits, and 6.3 percent of their home runs through 124 games this season. Trevor Rosenthal gave up a run-scoring single to David Peralta in the ninth before closing out his 39th save. On Monday night, Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez had to be more patient than usual to draw a base on balls. But the way the winds of home run fortune had been blowing all night, it was obvious this was a game against the Mets that was far from over.
Then the Mets went ahead and scored 14 unanswered runs.
Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Lagares, Travis d’Arnaud, Daniel Murphy, and Michael Cuddyer also connected for the NL East leaders, who extended their cushion to a season-best 5½ games over Washington. Yeah, things could not be going any better for the Mets right now-they can finally score. Colon looks to rebound versus Philadelphia, against which he improved to 6-3 in his career with a pair of wins following six-inning starts in May.Eickhoff had quite the major-league debut on Friday, scattering five hits over six scoreless innings in a 7-1 triumph over Miami.
Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox: Blasting a homer in consecutive games, Abreu was two-for-four with a solo homer and two runs scored.
Syndergaard helped himself with an RBI-double in the second and showed progress with his road woes.
Through all the fireworks, the biggest development for the Mets on this night was still the return of the captain, Wright. The journeyman righthander threw up zeros in the third, fourth, and fifth before running into trouble in the sixth.
Wright, absent the previous 115 games due to hamstring and back injuries, went 2-for-5 but committed two errors.
This for a guy who last season posted a 3-1 mark with a 2.39 ERA in 52⅔ innings pitched.
Syndergaard, who beat the Phillies 7-0 at Citi Field in May, the only time he previously faced them, should have been out of the inning after that.