Rain Can’t Wash Away This Win

This is a game the Mets don’t win this year. They blew the lead twice. They fell behind after a bullpen meltdown.  The rain coming was almost an allegory for their season being washed out. Lost in all of that, this team still has some fight it them. 

The Mets 1-0 lead on a Jose Reyes double went away with the help of a pair of fourth inning errors. 

The Phillies loaded the bases on a T.J. Rivera and a pair of walks issued by Zack Wheeler. Ty Kelly grounded to Lucas Duda on easy should’ve been an inning ending double play. Instead, Wheeler missed the return throw from Reyes allowing two runs to score. 

After a Cameron Rupp single, Wheeler was done for the day. In his first start since his brief stint on the Disabled List, Wheeler reminded you of how frustrating he can be. He was unable to put batters away. He walked batters at inopportune times. He didn’t last long in the game. 

Erik Goeddel came on and bailed him out. He also gave the Mets the chance to win. 
The Mets picked themselves off the mat in the bottom of the inning starting with an Asdrubal Cabrera leadoff double off Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson. He’d then score on a Jay Bruce RBI ground out. Duda then untied it:

Goeddel couldn’t hold that lead. He’d issue a two out walk to Aaron Altherr, and before you could blink Altherr was on third base as Travis d’Arnaud threw it away on Altherr’s stolen base attempt. The whole course of events might have been rendered moot as Tommy Joseph doubled him home. 

This put the game in Fernando Salas‘ hands. Outside the first couple of weeks when Terry Collins went to him again and again, Salas has been terrible. For proof of that, look no further than his 5.88 ERA or his 1.693 WHIP. 

Two singles and a Joseph homer later, and the Mets were down 6-3. With the rains coming, it was possible that could’ve been enough to win the game. In fact, a lengthy enough delay after the seventh, and that game is over. With that, the Mets season might’ve been washed away as well.

Then T.J. would jolt everyone alive with a home run to lead off the inning. The home run sparked the Mets offense. d’Arnaud would hit a one out double off Pat Neshek, and he would score on a Wilmer Flores RBI single. 

Then, with two outs, against the team that led to the home run which inspired the day’s bobble head, Cabrera struck again:


That doesn’t mean it was smooth sailing. There would be a rain delay and a couple of false starts by the Phillies. 

With a 57 minute rain delay with two outs in the eighth, Paul Sewald had to come out of the game putting Addison Reed in a position where he had to get a four out save. 

To lead off the ninth, Altherr hit one to deep center just missing a home run. Reed buckled down, and he made sure to strand Altherr at second to pick up his seventh straight save attempt and his third in as many days. 

With the win, the rejuvenated Mets are now just 8.5 games behind the suddenly reeling Nationals. The Mets have a chance to make things interesting. 

Game Notes: Michael Conforto went to the Disabled List with a bone bruise in his left hand. Wheeler was activated off the Disabled List to make the start. 

0 thoughts on “Rain Can’t Wash Away This Win”

  1. Gothamist says:

    Playoff teams shut them down, win by wide margins and walk over doormat teams as they sweep poor pitching, last place teams like the Phillies at home.

    They pull away w big expanding leads once both teams have their bullpens battling close games. They are out of reach by the seventh, and bottom dweller teams who put up their better pitchers become hyperfocused on these evenings where these pitchers must continually get pysched out.

    See the last series at home against the Nats as an intro.

    Typical playoff run or not division opponents must be put under a psychological and fierce battle each and every game as if it is the world series.

    I saw it from Davey Johnson, Bobby Cox, Mr Manual and now Dusty Baker {Spring Training are no exection for Nats, Rizzo’s top prospects must also get into the hold}..

    When did or when will the Metropolitans get a Manager who likes this warfare?
    Davey Johnson’s 1980s squads….

    The Mets swept the Gants decisively and today they do it against the doormat team of the east, the Phillies.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Sorry, I can’t sing Davey Johnson’s praises. He had those 80s teams., and he won just once.

      He’s better than Terry for sure, but he just isn’t very good.

  2. Gothamist says:

    Yep, only once with those greats!
    Best coke and ladies men ever!

    Mets fizzled out today, maybe it was the humdity?
    Or Cabrera’s emotion is not enough?

    1. metsdaddy says:

      For some reason, this team has been terrible in day games

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