New York-It took a lot longer than the New York Mets wanted, but the team has finally shown a better performance at home. The Mets had gone 7-2 on their last home stand of the first half entering this afternoon's contest with the Miami Marlins, and had a chance to cap off a terrific 10 days with a series sweep. The Mets (45-50) did just that, exploding for nine runs on 14 hits to complete a sweep over the Marlins (44-50) in a 9-1 contest.
The Mets grabbed the lead in the second inning on a sacrifice fly from Chris Young, but the Marlins were able to tie it up in the fourth on an RBI infield single from Marcell Ozuna. The Mets bounced right back in the fourth, getting the first two men of the frame on ahead of pitcher Jacob deGrom. deGrom helped his own cause by delivering an RBI single to plate Young and give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Curtis Granderson followed with an RBI double to bring home Ruben Tejada and push the lead out to 3-1. That would be all the Mets would need against Marlins' starter Brad Hand (L, 0-2), who lasted only four innings and allowed three runs on six hits while walking two and striking out one.
The Mets continued to add to their lead against the Marlins' bullpen. RBI doubles from Juan Lagares in the fifth and David Wright in the sixth pushed the lead out to 5-1, which would be plenty for deGrom. deGrom (W, 3-5) went seven innings, allowing only one run on five hits while walking two and striking out eight to pick up his third win of the year. The Mets would blow the game wide open in the eighth inning, scoring four more times to cap the scoring.
The win completes an 8-2 home stand for the Mets, and it gives them a critical momentum boost heading into the All Star Break. The Mets were left for dead 10 days ago, and this home stand has given them a pulse. The key for the Mets is to build on this momentum when they return from the break in San Diego. The Mets have often finished the first half on a good note in recent years only to collapse right after the All Star Break. If the Mets want to dream about making a late postseason push, it will be critical for them to build on this positive home stand on Friday at Petco Park.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game Award goes to Mets' starting pitcher Jacob deGrom. deGrom (W, 3-5) was dominant on the mound again to pick up his third win, and also chipped in with the bat by delivering an RBI single in the fourth inning.
Post Game Notes:
- Granderson led the way for the Mets offensively by going 3 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. Three other Mets added two hits.
- The Mets moved into third place in the National League East with the win.
- The Mets have set their second half rotation. Bartolo Colon will open the second half on Friday and will be followed by Dillon Gee and Zack Wheeler.
The Mets will now have four days off for the All Star Break with the exception of the team's lone representative, second baseman Daniel Murphy. The Mets will begin the second half on the road with a nine game road trip. The trip kicks off in San Diego on Friday night as the Mets face off with the San Diego Padres (41-53), who are in third place in the National League West but have far and away the worst offense in baseball. Bartolo Colon (8-8, 3.99 ERA) will face off with Tyson Ross (7-9, 2.86 ERA) in the pitching matchup. First pitch at Petco Park is scheduled for 10:10 pm.Tags: Baseball, Brad Hand, Chris Young, Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Jacob DeGrom, Juan Lagares, Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins, MLB, New York, New York Mets
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