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Conforto Is Back

When looking at the second half of the season, there are amy number of positives. There’s Jacob deGrom looking to become the fourth Met to win a Cy Young. David Wright is going to play one last game.

Perhaps most important is the resurgence of Michael Conforto. Tonight was the latest chapter of the comeback.

The fun part with Conforto now is it doesn’t matter who’s pitching. Left. Right. Conforto is going to get his hits.

He hit an RBI single off Jake Arrieta in the fifth. He hit an RBI double off Tommy Hunter in the seventh. Finally, he had a homer off Austin Davis in the ninth.

Overall, Conforto was 3-for-5 with a run, double, homer, and a career high six RBI. In total, Conforto would drive in six of the Mets nine runs.

In addition to Conforto, Jeff McNeil would have a three game, which is something that is becoming old hat for him. To just put in perspective just how special this is, he’s tied a Wright Mets record:

All that offense was enough to get Zack Wheeler over a fifth inning blip.

In that fifth inning, Wheeler would hit Odubel Herrera with a pitch. J.P. Crawford followed with a bases clearing triple. After a Cesar Hernandez sacrifice fly, the game was tied 4-4.

That inning marred what was an otherwise terrific Wheeler start. In fact, all three of the Phillies hits off Wheeler would come in that inning.

Even with him battling through the fifth, Wheeler’s final line was 7.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K. He’d get the win in this 9-4 Mets victory.

Wheeler’s MLB best 1.32 second half ERA is still a dominant 1.68 ERA. By all indications, his ERA may stay there as Mickey Callaway suggested this could be Wheeler’s final start.

Considering all the time he’s missed the past few years, that would make sense. Fortunately, for the first time in a long time, he’s heathy. Maybe this is why he’s finally pitching like an ace.

Game Notes: Austin Jackson, Amed Rosario, and McNeil would each deliver an RBI.

3 thoughts on “Conforto Is Back”

  1. Gothamist says:

    Austin Davis — opp avg against lefties .294 – First Batter Faced .417
    If Conforto develops confidence, great!
    Yet Arrieta’s cutter did not cut.

    This is garbage time.

    Conforto definitely looks better, he will do better with protection yet these two strike counts continue to make him very ineffective.

    In April, the games will count again.

    Let us hope that the Mets will practice scratching out runs in games Jake pitches against the Uribes, Sales and especially when the opposing pitcher looks unstoppable — to practice to rattle his focus or confidence.

    There are many great positive takaways this month but the to do list is long.

    That has the most legs for years to come, the ability to visualize back to this September.

    For until they can use alchemy to get Jake the 2,3 or 4 runs he needs they are not going to do better than Pittsburgh.
    .

  2. Gothamist says:

    Conforto’s two strike stats (0-2, 1-2, 2-2)

    Is right here – you can look at pre-injury comparisons.
    I did not.

    https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/split.fcgi?id=confomi01&year=2018&t=b

    He has had a .273 second half, .286 month, much more power in second half and yes it is 100% positive for selling tickets but in key games against top pitchers what will happen at home?

    Check out his Home Away Stats. Do that also? or just comment witout looking at the data?

    Work in process……

    Please remember – he swings up and hard with two strikes
    and they are only beginning to throw high zone strikes to get him out looking.

    If he does not figure two strikes out?
    What happens next year, he hits sixth?

    The stats say : he hits collectively around .120 with two strikes… all counts

  3. FIVE TOOL OWNERSHIP says:

    Conforto during his interview w Steve Grlb admitted…..

    That he is swinging easy on not only strike two but possibly on all counts!

    Though we have seen bits of swinging for the fenses by Plawecki (less playing time lately?) and AJax….

    We have literally seen a transformation in so msny players for the positive…..

    That is

    not swinging for the seats
    level swings
    choking up at strike two
    going the opposite way

    by

    Wilmer
    Plawecki
    Amed
    AJax
    Nimmo
    Frazier
    Bruce (was already doing it)
    And now
    Mickey!

    Congrats Mikey!

    Give Metsdaddy credit — daddy knew that McNeil was ideal for this type of approach

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