Cespedes 3 HR, 14 Runs Scored, Mets Offense Is Back
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.
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:
- Granderson 1-4, 2 R, 2B, 2 BB
- Cabrera 4-6, 3 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB
- Cespedes 4-6, 3 R, 2B, 3 HR, 5 RBI
- Bruce 1-6, 2 RBI
- Walker 2-5, 2B, BB
- Duda 4-6, 2 R, 2B, 2 HR, 2 RBI
- Reyes 1-6, R, 2B
- 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:
— New York Mets (@Mets) April 12, 2017
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:
NYM@PHI: Duda launches monster home run to center https://t.co/XXd9mGqyKk
— Mets Daddy (@MetsDaddy2013) April 12, 2017
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.