Cespedes 3 HR, 14 Runs Scored, Mets Offense Is Back

With the Mets offense struggling of late, and with the Phillies throwing at Asdrubal Cabrera last night, the Mets wanted to get out to a fast start. Yoenis Cespedes took care of that:

It was part of a night the Mets offense that just exploded all over Clay Buccholz and the Phillies. Things got so bad that even Jose Reyes got in on the action hitting a double. Not too long thereafter Buchholz left with an apparent elbow injury. 

Now, it should be noted Reyes’ double came from the seventh spot in the lineup. With him scuffling, Terry Collins dropped him down and put Curtis Granderson in his old lead-off spot. 

Whether it was Citizens Bank Park, Buchholz, Cabrera getting thrown at, the randomness of baseball, or this new lineup putting the top OBP guys atop the lineup, the offense clicked. Every position player got at least one hit:

  1. Granderson 1-4, 2 R, 2B, 2 BB
  2. Cabrera 4-6, 3 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB
  3. Cespedes 4-6, 3 R, 2B, 3 HR, 5 RBI
  4. Bruce 1-6, 2 RBI
  5. Walker 2-5, 2B, BB
  6. Duda 4-6, 2 R, 2B, 2 HR, 2 RBI
  7. Reyes 1-6, R, 2B
  8. d’Arnaud 3-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, BB

As noted above, the lineup hit seven homers with Cespedes becoming the first Met to hit three homers in one game twice:

Cespedes also tied a Mets club record with four extra base hits in one game. 

As impressive as that was, Duda absolutely annihilated a home run to deep center over the batter’s eye in sixth inning:

Duda now has 14 home runs at Citizens Bank Park. That’s the most home runs by a visiting player. 

Another note on Duda, he hit his home run off the left-handed pitcher Adam Morgan. Typically, Duda struggles against left-handed pitching. This year he already has three extra base hits, including two home runs against them. He’s using that up the middle approach that was so successful for him in 2015. This is a good harbinger of things to come.

Another good harbinger was Matt Harvey‘s start. The velocity was there, and the results were mostly there.  He would go 5.2 innings allowing five hits, two runs, two earned, and one walk with six strikeouts. 

The Phillies got the Harvey in the fifth loading the bases with two outs. Harvey then snapped off three nasty curve balls to strike out Odubel Herrera to get out of the inning. Of note, the first two curves were spiked in the dirt, and d’Arnaud gobbled them up keeping the runner at third.

Overall, you knew it was the Mets night when T.J. Rivera pinch hit for Robles and drew a walk. As we know from last year and his minor leader numbers is Rivera never walks. 

The one issue with Harvey is he tweaked his hamstring in the sixth. Collins did the right thing by not chancing anything and going right to Hansel Robles who got the Mets to the eighth. 

Also, if you are prone to overreact, Josh Edgin had his first rough outing allowing two doubles and two runs in the eighth inning. However, the game was a blowout. No one should focus too much on anything when a game gets completely out of hand. 

Conversely, Paul Sewald got into his second game, and he looked more calm and composed even if he walked one. He pitched a scoreless ninth to close it out for the Mets. 

Overall, Cespedes hit three homers. Cabrera, Duda, and d’Arnaud fell just one triple short of the cycle. The seventh inning was the only inning they didn’t score a run. By far, it was the best Mets offensive game this season. 

Naturally, with this being the Mets, we couldn’t exactly enjoy this 14-4 win completely because we have to wait with baited breath about Harvey’s health. 

Game Notes: Mets are now 41-18 in their last 59 games at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets now have 46 homers in their last 21 games at Citizens Bank Park. 

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  1. Gothamist says:

    Great post Mr Mets Daddy!


    Harvey’s rhythm was such a welcome surprise, he looks great, he was engaged in dugout again, hung out after departing, his fastball toped out at 97, he used all his pitches and never did try to blow any one away despite consistently at 95, he hit the targets with sliders, change, top of the zone strikes, brushed them back when he needed and was almost pinpoint when getting strikes inside.

    Travis looked very confident behind the plate and seldon did I see them go through signs and start again yet Harvey only gestures when they agree.

    Yes, Duda hitting lefties and his swinging at changes in the dirt inside is a distant memory for now.

    I saw the stat of pitches per batter and though Curtis could have been called out leading off he forced Bucholz to throw eight pitches. To me that is crucial and after fouling off three, any pitcher has a higher probability of throwing a ball for a free pass.

    Reyes looked relaxed if not unburdened for last night.
    He at times was setting up in the box more like the old.

    Walker looked better.

    Jay Bruce is looking focused, with a plan and disciplined, once again.

    If they are not chasing the pitchers tonight, if they are struggling with few hits and losing as the game progresses, scoring less than three runs I expect them to claw back. A new leaf!

    We say many lopsided wins in last thre years were followed by a low score loss.

    Is it about hitting B Tier pitching but not A?
    Do they play on emotion and putter out the next day?

    I hope to see small ball if they need it and a strong intent to not putter out and if they build up pitch count the lose as they score five runs…. I would be OK, then happy if they make it a habit as they do it again and again.

    Will Sewall only succeed with perfect control? Ditto Elgin?

    Lets Go Mets!
    Go Zach!

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Tonight is a big game because Wheeler is starting. You don’t want to see him repeat his struggles, and you don’t want to deep dive into the bullpen especially with Harvey being somewhat of a question mark with his calf.

      In terms of the pen, Sewald is a control guy out of the pen with a good slider. He needs to set up the batter by locating the fastball first.

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