Tuesday August 30th 2016: The previous night Yoenis Cespedes hit a dramatic walk off HR at Citi Field taking a page from his own book of a year ago. Cespedes helped the Mets take the first game of a big series with the Miami Marlins. The Mets had now won eight of their last ten games. The Mets are now hot, in the midst of a wild card chasing pennant race to the post season.
A team that has been struggling with injuries all year, a team that lost their Captain David Wright, one of their sluggers Lucas Duda for pretty much the entire season & has also lost its one of it's top pitchers; Matt Harvey for the year. Now it's Steven Matz down as well as second base slugger Neil Walker.
The list goes on & on......and oh yea the Mets future outfield star Michael Conforto has struggled so much he's in the minor leagues. It's a different team than last years NL Champions but many of the old faces are still there as well. Are these Mets who were hurting to score runs all year now making the run we all expected & wanted..........looks like it's happening.
Terry Collins Mets (67-64) were hosting Don Mattingly's Miami Marlins (67-64) both tied for second place in the NL East and 2 1/2 games out of the wild card hunt as well. Yes it was a big game. Those hurting Mets sent another young inexperienced pitcher to the mound as their young star studded staff suffered through injuries & fatigue. Sunday Robert Gsellman stepped up, Monday it was Rafael Montero & tonight Seth Lugo.
Lugo started out with a shaky 1st inning, allowing a two run HR to Christian Yelich. He eventually settled down, giving up no more runs, he went six innings allowing those two runs on five hits, four strike outs & a walk.
The Mets bats were slugging tonight, the now blonde but still sore legged Asdrubal Cabrera, blasted a two run HR, his 17th of the year, as he continued his hot hitting after returning from the DL. Jay Bruce who's still trying to feel comfy with a bat in a Mets uniform got a solid hit & scored on Wilmer Flores base hit.
The score remained that way until Curtis Granderson delivered a pinch hit HR in the in the 6th inning. He stayed in the game & hit a two run HR in the 7th inning. Granderson's crazy season has him at 22 HRs with just 38 RBIs, very strange. He's on pace to become the first player in MLB history to hit 25 HRs & drive in less than 50 RBIs.
Also in the 6th, Jose Reyes (who's hitting .300 by the way) doubled. Walks to Cabrera & Bruce loaded the bases. Alejandro De Aza who couldn't hit anything at the start of the season & although he's still under .200, has driven in 15 of his 21 RBIs in the month of August.
With Jim Henderson not being able to close the door in the 9th, the Marlins scored two runs. Terry Collins went to Jeruys Familia & he struck out Marcell Ozuna to end the game.
He earned the save his 43rd on the season, tying his own Mets record, also shared with Armando Benitez.