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Despite Or Because Of Mickey, Mets Win

In tonight’s game, you got to see reasons why the Mets should and should not fire Mickey Callaway.

For starters, there’s Zack Wheeler, who has been a different pitcher working with Callaway and Dave Eiland. While he’s had his struggles against the Nationals this year, he came to pitch tonight.

Over his first six innings, he allowed just two hits with one of those being a second inning Juan Soto solo homer. Entering the seventh, the score was tied 1-1 partially thanks to a Jeff McNeil fifth inning RBI single. With Wheeler at 99 pitches, you expected Callaway to pull Wheeler.

However, with Wheeler dominating and the Mets in a stretch of 14 straight games without an off day, Callaway pushed him. When Wheeler struck out Soto, you got a sense it was the right move. It probably still was even with Gerardo Parra hitting a single and Brian Dozier getting his first hit off a Mets pitcher this year. Unfortunately, that was a two run home run giving the Nationals a 3-1 lead.

While you may question sending Wheeler out for the top of the seventh, you have to give Callaway credit for utilizing his bench to take the lead in the bottom of the inning.

Wilson Ramos led off the inning with a single off Wander Suero, who was in his second inning of work. After Carlos Gomez struck out, Callaway sent up a pair of pinch hitters for Juan Lagares and Wheeler.

Dominic Smith walked putting the tying run on base. Then, J.D. Davis came up for Wheeler. Apparently, the Nationals are the only team who doesn’t have a scouting report on him because with two strikes against him, Suero didn’t throw a fastball to him. Nope, he hung a curveball, and Davis hit it off the top of the right field wall and out for a go-ahead three run homer:

The Mets had a lead with an opportunity to win their first game when trailing in the seventh. For some reason, Callaway went to Jeurys Familia despite his pitching 1.1 innings yesterday and struggling in that second inning, and that’s nothing to say of his coming off the IL recently.

Familia didn’t have it. Howie Kendrick hit a leadoff single, and he scored on a Trea Turner RBI double. Kendrick was able to score there partially because Davis, who is not a left fielder, couldn’t handle a ball hit to the corner.

Callaway went to Daniel Zamora to get Soto and Parra out. Soto jumped all over the first pitch hitting a go-ahead RBI double. After Zamora retired Parra, Tyler Bashlor came in and got Victor Robles out. Certainly, with how good Bashlor has been of late and with Familia going more than an inning yesterday, Callaway looked bad when Bashlor got that huge out.

We’d soon forget that as Callaway’s team played hard for him. That started with Pete Alonso, a player vocal in his support of Callaway, hit a mammoth homer in the eighth, tying the game:

Seriously, no one could quite tell if that was fair or foul. What we do know was that was Tommie Agee-esque, and it’s a new Mets rookie record for most first half homers.

With that homer and Edwin Diaz pitching a scoreless ninth, the Mets had a chance at a walk-off win.

Even with Tanner Rainey allowing that blast to Alonso, the Nationals stuck with him for the ninth. After striking out Gomez, he walked Adeiny Hechavarria and Davis back-to-back.

Kyle Barraclough came in and got deep into McNeil’s kitchen. McNeil hit a bloop toward second. Dozier got cut waiting on it. This led to getting Davis out at second easily, but Hechavarria and McNeil were easily safe. This put the game in Amed Rosario‘s hands . . . and feet.

Rosario hit a high chopper to short. Turner had to back up on it, and just as he was about to throw, McNeil jumped in his line. Maybe it made a difference, and maybe it didn’t. Whatever the case, the throw was a tad high, and with Rosario absolutely busting it down the line, he was safe by a half step, and the Mets won the game 6-5.

A week ago, the Mets lose this game. However, a team playing for a manager they apparently seem to like and respect, they pulled this one out. Even with a couple of questionable moves, maybe Callaway is the right guy for the job. He was at least for tonight.

Game Notes: Brandon Nimmo was a late scratch from the lineup with a neck injury.

8 thoughts on “Despite Or Because Of Mickey, Mets Win”

  1. oldbackstop says:

    “””Apparently, the Nationals are the only team who doesn’t have a scouting report on him because with two strikes against him, Suero didn’t throw a fastball to him. Nope, he hung a curveball, and Davis hit it off the top of the right field wall and out for a go-ahead three run homer:”””

    You gotta get some counseling on your JD-a’hatin’. This where you want to be when Jesus comes back?

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Credit goes to Davis for hitting it out, but the stats are the stats. Davis cannot hit a fastball or an offspeed pitch.

      If you’re a pitcher throwing him a breaking pitch, you’re an absolute moron.

      1. David Klein says:

        Davis is hitting over .400 on offspeed pitches

  2. David Klein says:

    This was the most fun of the year burying the Nats deeper into the abyss. Zack was damn good as he changed up the game plan and threw more splitters and sliders than he’s thrown most of the year and it worked for the first six plus innings until Dozier came up and blasted one. You had to figure that Dozier would center one in one of these games he may be washed but he can’t be that helpless all the time vs the Mets sadly.

    Give Davis all the credit in the world as he was sitting on the curve after Suero got a couple outs surprising guys with curve balls and once again showed why he should play everyday in LF with McNeil at third base when he cranked one out. He also had a very good plate appearance in the ninth helping to set the stage for Rosario to be the hero.

    Mickey made the right moves in the bottom of the seventh by hitting Dom for Lagares and going to Davis, but his decision to go to Familia in the eighth was beyond idiotic considering Familia was asked to try to go two innings just yesterday not long after returning from the injured list. If Gsellman wasn’t available Bashlor should have started the 8th it was a very Terry Collins like managerial move.

    Hech is a garbage hitter but give him credit for starting the rally and of course credit to Alonso for tying the game up an inning earlier with a majestic blast he’s just an animal.

    Good on Rosario for hustling all the way once I saw the ball hit to Turner I was ready to turn off the tv out of frustration, but frustration was overrides by happiness.

    All in all the best game of the year and hopefully the Mets can win the series tomorrow.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Mets already won the series. They desperately need a sweep.

      1. oldbackstop says:

        “”Mets already won the series.””
        It’s a four game series, MD.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          You’re right. That’s my bad there.

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