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LuGOAT, ToddFather Beat Yankees

With the Mets blowing two games to the Yankees as part of an eight game losing streak, there wasn’t much reason to be optimistic the Mets would pull out a win tonight.

The Yankees were throwing their ace, Luis Severino, and, after a setback, the Mets were without Noah Syndergaard. Making matters worse, during the game, Asdrubal Cabrera tweaked one of the myriad of leg injuries he’s currently suffering leading to Jose Reyes taking over for him at second.

Well, a funny thing happened.

Seth Lugo, who has been terrific all year, not only matched Severino pitch-for-pitch, he was also better.

Emerging from the bullpen, Lugo went much deeper into the game than most expected. Through six innings, Lugo limited the Yankees to just two hits with no Yankee even reaching second base. Additionally, he walked none while striking out eight.

Amazingly, he departed with the lead.

Probably because the entire Yankees team fell asleep at the switch, Reyes hit a two out single in the fifth, which put him on base ahead of Todd Frazier‘s homer.

Mickey Callaway then did what he had to do and had Robert Gsellman pitch the seventh and eighth.

It almost came back to bite the Mets because Reyes is terrible.

After a Miguel Andujar one out single, Aaron Boone sent up Aaron Judge to pinch hit, and he hit what should have been an inning ending double play.

Not only did Reyes fail to touch second, but, with Andujar nowhere near him, he threw the ball away. Everyone was safe.

Given how the Mets season has gone, this is where it all typically falls apart. It didn’t with Gsellman getting Gleyber Torres to foul out before getting Brett Gardner to fly out to end the inning.

With Jeurys Familia going to the DL, the question was who would close games for the Mets. Tonight, the answer was Anthony Swarzak.

It was a little dicey with a one out walk to Greg Bird, and a 2-0 count to Gary Sanchez. Sanchez ripped a liner . . . right at Frazier, who made the quick throw for an inning ending double play.

With that, the eight game losing streak is over, and the Yankees were shut out for the first time all year. For this game to mean anything, the Mets will have to build off of this and win the ensuing series against the Braves.

Game Notes: For the second straight game, Cabrera led off and Brandon Nimmo by third.

One thought on “LuGOAT, ToddFather Beat Yankees”

  1. Five Tool Ownership says:

    I like Anthony Swarzak’s confidence in his 84 mph slider he located well high in strike zone or down and away off the plate. He threw it three times in a row with confidence and no batted ball at 120 moh exit velocity.

    He hit 93 mph which is young man’s righty Jerry Blevins type, IMO.
    BLEVINS is now a 88-90 mph heater.

    Well, Swarzak will succeed spoting his fastball.

    I rather have Addison Reed who can pitch later in games IMO yet maybe Swarzak can get up to 96 and hit the peripherals even with tighter ball strike calls.

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