Conforto Finally Homers Giving Mets A Win

This was panning out to be another one of those horrible Mets losses we have seen recently.  The Mets were not scoring runs at all even though they were in a hitter’s park.  And yes, there was even the really embarrassing and inexcusable moment.

After a Devin Mesoraco double play grounder erased a Michael Conforto seventh inning leadoff single, Jose Reyes got his first pinch of the season in 11 attempts. Understandably, with Reyes’ speed, the Mets reeling, and the team down 1-0, Mickey Callaway went for it.

Instead of going with Amed Rosario, Callaway went with Dominic Smith, who was up due to Jay Bruce going on paternity leave, to get that big hit.  Smith wouldn’t get that hit because Jake Arrieta picked Reyes off first base.  And with that, all hope seemed lost yet again.

Hector Neris came on to get what should have been an easy save, and it certainly seemed as if that was going to be the case when Adrian Gonzalez popped out to start the inning.

Then Wilmer Flores battled back not just from 0-2, but looking over-matched on the first two pitched of the at-bat to rip a single into left.  The Mets at least had life, and for a split second, it looked like Conforto was going to give the Mets the lead, but he pulled it foul.  Two pitches later, and Conforto wouldn’t pull it foul.

Mesoraco followed with a homer on the very next pitch.  Suddenly, the Mets 1-0 lead, and the team falling to .500 turned into a 3-1 lead.  That became a 3-1 victory after a Jeurys Familia 1-2-3 ninth.

Suddenly, the stories weren’t how Steven Matz walked four while somehow managing to allow just one run over five.  It wasn’t about how a combination of Seth Lugo, Paul Sewald, and AJ Ramos had to pick up the slack to keep it close for an offense, which did nothing.

No, the story is now how the Mets had perhaps their best victory of the year, and how they may have turned things around with Noah Syndergaard taking the mound tomorrow.

Game Notes: Mesoraco’s teams are now 1-20 in games he has played this season.  In Los Angeles, Matt Harvey made his Reds debut pitching four scoreless while allowing just one hit while striking out two.

13 thoughts on “Conforto Finally Homers Giving Mets A Win”

  1. Blu2MileHigh says:

    Great win off the cheating closer with a cap bill with more black tar than Phillies red.
    Why do these producers zoom in on this junk and the managers never ask the umpires to inspect?

    Hey, he aint Wade Davis, he had to cheat to compete and he threw batting practice splitters.

    We won!

  2. Blu2MileHigh says:

    A reader, poster guest here said that Harvey was possibly unfairly treated but the poster said the Met’s scapegoat? or a distraction from the real truth?

    Here is another opinion:

    Maybe they are both correct?

    I will stick w Mr. Doolittle.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      The comments about Harvey always neglects his TOS.

    2. Patrick OHara says:

      If you’re a nym fan and don’t believe harvey was more concerned about his fame, off the field lifestyle and escaping a team he had grown to loathe than you are misguided

      1. metsdaddy says:

        Harvey had his off the field issues. No doubt.

        There’s no doubt both the Mets and Harvey are at least a bit relieved they have parted ways.

        But no, there is no way you can honestly say he didn’t do all he could to get back to being a good pitcher on the mound.

        Guy had two surgeries with the latter being a career altering one. That was the reason for the downfall.

  3. Patrick OHara says:

    Even though this is a spirited win, no one should neglect the obvious lacking in this team. It is getting frustrating watching matz not being able to go deep into games. I dont have analytics, but, it seems he either gives up a lot of runs and gets into the 6th/7th or gives up 1 or 2 and can’t go past 5. Reyes and Gonzalez… no clue why they are even on an mlb roster or why they’re allotted any playing time.
    On the plus, it’s great to see conforto play to the level we expect; not to mention carry us to a win (which is the player we need him to be). Also, it’s great to see a catcher on this team actually do something offensively!
    There is STILL a lot of pitching potential on this roster. This rotation needs consistancy which has been lacking through their losing streak after their slow start. Sandy has designed his nym rosters based on pitching. Pitchers needs trust and a battery mate to work with. Hopefully, the Harvey trade has given the pitching staff the stability behind the plate they need

    1. Blu2MileHigh says:

      As long as Flores is on this roster even Reyes has a viable place, and that is depressing!
      Are you serious to say that you would prefer Flores as a ninth inning PH to Gonzalez?
      Gonzalez is a higher – Negative dWAR than Flores, given, Flores plays a flawed slow twich third to Gonzalez only first but Flores can not hit a good pitcher in any clutch situation to save his own life!

      This closer tonight had zero and Gonzales getting out to Flores single is not lookng good yet Flores can never contribute enough to substantiate bring on any winning playoff roster, even the heavily stacked Yankees.

      It is not Sandy alone.

      The Mets skimped on everything delegated little, have a flat org chart, everything going thru Jeff Wilpon and only impending bankruptcy got the Wilpons to seed sone control to MLB via Sandy but all the frugality sophoning off of cash that would have funded an average analytic dept, competitive scouting salaries, higher cost of living alottments for NYC and a feeling that the Mets were a class, well funded org run by a COO who knew baseball is still years away.

      The Wilpons incredulously cried foul when the Yankees traded for Stanton!


      The Wilpons care more about investing in a eGames franchise, building hotels around Citifield, investing in the Belmont home of the Isles, siphoning off pfofits of their minority owners 4% share via a bullshit SNY TV contract where these 4% holders can not find buyers!

      I counted the Tee Shirts given to the fans at the seventh inning stretch (advertising?) after seeing dozens at National Park and it was 1/3.

      For those televised on the screen, in ballpark tween innings fan contests they switched the old $20 gift cards for free tickets to BB King on 42nd even if the teenager has no interest because they are free to the Mets.

      Remember that Dunkin Donuts mascot in the fifth inning, those go carts, those cars, those FDNY cars… pure AAA.

      How about winning a bag of select Wise snacks….

      They do hot have separate tines for those kids stealing third base for boys and girls.

      Is it more stupidity or more cheapness?
      This a NYC, Chicago, LA, Bay Area sophistication…. no way!

      If they can not do the simple marketing stuff what does that say about training, injuries, players developing and last or first place finishes at AAA AA A….

      The Yankees to the Mets is like the Warriors to the Memphis Grizzlies.
      Sure Memphis has breakout years, but nothing more!

      This ownership reeks of penny counting and to blame Sandy does not jive with me..

      Matz has looked better and he did get out of jams and though I know that Vargas was always a curious signing, no one was worth giving up a #1 draft pick (Lynn) but the Cubs and Nats already signed the two pitchers worth anything without draft compensation.

      Just think about it, last July, tne trades of Reed, Walker, Bruce, Duda the Katz/Wilpon priority was not getting high prospect return but salary relief.



      1. Five Tool Ownership says:

        Say what you say about Wilmer’s negative career WAR to Adrian Gonzalez’s plus 44 career WAR.

        A negative career WAR, really?

        Gonzales in 2016,2017,2018 is a much larger negative WAR to Wilmer’s career WAR of -.1.

        Wilmer is royalty to these fans, and even though I know fans who were shocked when he cried in 2015 and wanted him banished asap, Wilmer is so tefloned in Flushing, like family to the fans as if he was Todd Zeile!

        His few career late inning heroics also gives fans an unrealistic subliminal hope he will cone thru next time, even if next time is 1-2 clutch ABATS a season…

        Your stuck with Flores, no other team wants him and few fans want to see him go…

        But AGon is not the answer, the answer is in Binghamton…. for the rebuild has begun… The guy in AA will be starting next August.

        Next August will be here before you know it.

        So give it up on AGon and Jose Reyes, start rooting for Wilmer Flores!

        1. Gothamist says:

          If you are correct, the Mets shift away from > 30 year old players, do a rebuild starting next year, seek out youth with athletic ability and speed do you believe they will offer de Groma $27,5M five year deal in November 2019? or trade de Grom before his walk year?

          You do not sign reasonably priced young stud FAs, the intl FA market is balanced against hoarding by the big city clubs like the Red Sox, New York Yankees, LA teams or Bay Area and even if you draft the Petersons and Confortos out of college it can take five years for a Conforto to develop….

          It is not like he is Michael Wacha, a pitcher how can add substances to his hat to get better grip for spin or break, hitters can not do that.

          So how do you rebuild?

          1. metsdaddy says:

            I’m not saying it’s time to rebuild, but if you did deGrom would make the R.A. Dickey return look like the group of relievers amassed at the trade deadline last year.

        2. metsdaddy says:

          Here’s the inherent problem with the Gonzalez-Flores comparisons – Gonzalez is here to play every day and Flores is here as a bench player.

          There are different levels of expectation and production expected from starters and bench players.

          To adjudge Flores as an MLB starter is not factually correct.

      2. metsdaddy says:

        Two points:

        1. Reyes is the worst player in baseball by any measure. It shouldn’t matter how much of a hatred you have for any player, you cannot objectively say he’s better than any player on this roster because he isn’t.

        2. Flores did get the hit to start that ninth inning rally yesterday. He has a walk off homer this year.

    2. metsdaddy says:

      This is a flawed team like much of the NL East. That’s why this team is still in this despite playing horrid baseball for nearly a month.

      There are definite moves to be made, and Reyes needs to be the first to go.

      Surprisingly, Gonzalez has been decent of late. The balancing act the Mets now face is keeping him at this level while also not holding onto him too long while he reverts back to being James Loney b

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