Surging Mets Still Wheeling Along

The Mets were smart heading into tonight. With the team rolling, and with Zack Wheeler‘s career numbers against the Marlins, the team opted to rest Amed Rosario and Michael Conforto to keep them charged for the stretch run.

As it turns out, the Mets guess they still had enough in the lineup was the right call. It looked even better with Luis Guillorme and Adeiny Hechavarria turning four double plays tonight.

Wheeler needed that improved defensive lineup with his keeping the ball on the ground more than usual. In total, he would get 13 ground ball outs tonight against one fly out and five strikeouts. He was great, and the defense was better helping him out on a night when he did not have one 1-2-3 inning.

Despite all the traffic, Wheeler pitched eight shut out innings allowing 10 hits with one walk and the aforementioned five strikeouts.

Fortunately, the game was never really in doubt.

The Mets took an early 1-0 lead in the first off a Todd Frazier RBI double. The lead grew to 4-0 when Wilson Ramos hit a three run homer in the third:

With respect to Ramos, he has been much better at the plate of late. In August, he has already hit two homers which doubles the homers he hit in July. With Robinson Cano down, the Mets need another bat to step up, and it seems Ramos is ready to fill that void.

The scoring was capped off when Pete Alonso hit a homer in the fifth which mirrored the one he hit last night:

All-in-all, this was a very good night for the Mets. Wheeler extended his scoreless streak to 15 innings. The defense was impeccable:

They shut out the Marlins, and they’re two games over .500 for the first time since April 24.

Game Recap: The Giants designated Joe Panik for assignment.

21 thoughts on “Surging Mets Still Wheeling Along”

  1. Blair M. Schirmer says:

    The players have been incredibly impressive. 18-6 since the ASB, 5 straight, 12 of the last 13. Zowie.

    The FO, though…? Deal a solid starter to a contender and cut into the bullpen. Smith goes down and is replaced by a guy with an OPS of .339. Cano goes down and a guy hitting .056 gets more playing time. It’s impossible to believe Aaron Altherr is the best this FO could do, but he seems to be the limit of their ‘skill’ set.

    I hope I’m wrong, but my opinion was always that the players were going to have to win 3-5 games more than the number of wins that will actually show up in the W column because they’re working under the worst GM and FO and one of the worst managers in the game, a group that will undermine them, however inadvertently, at every turn.

    The front line players have played well, but there’s no substitute for luck. A defensive sub for the Pirates waved at a ball and gave the Mets a game. Mattingly left a Marlins reliever to give up 3 HR in a single inning, giving up another game. It took an injury to Cano and a trip to the IL for Alonso to finally get pitches to hit, so we can thank the God of Hamstrings for Alonso’s recovery. Meanwhile, the only NL team anywhere near .500 they’ve played since the ASB took 3 of 4 from them. Even so this has been the easiest stretch all season, with only 2 games against Minnesota against teams over .500, out of 24 games since the ASB. Since beating the Twinkies? 19 games against the worst teams in MLB.

    So, we’ll see.

    Winning is good. Winning papers over many things, including replacing Cano with Guillorme’s bat, and Dom Smith with more of Altherr’s bat, and the ridiculous refusal to anoint Seth Lugo the closer at least a month ago–the FO didn’t do this because they were still looking to trade Diaz as of the end of July and didn’t want to hurt his trade value. That’s the FO the Mets’ players are fighting against, in addition to ATL, WAS, PHI… and that’s why I’m not optimistic–not yet. Even the team with the next to worst record among the teams in the 11 series the Mets play over the next 6 weeks, the D’backs, has a pythagorean record of 63-50.

    Optimism before September 15th, given this front office, is mostly heavy breathing.

    1. Oldbackstop says:

      No live for JD Davis? Was the only Met with two hits, scored 2 runs, raised his batting average to .305, and has the Citifield record for highest OPS of anyone with 100 PAs, Met or visitor. He’s playing like the AAA batting champ he was last year. That trade is looking like a steal.

      Plus he is about ten times the left fielder Dom Smith is, which is no biggie, because I’m eight times the left fielder Dom Smith is.

      So much is made of this weak schedule stretch, but look at the schedule heading into the AS break. Yankees twice, Dodgers twice, Braves rwice….it was a relentless streak there. It mooshes together, now we will see.

      1. metsdaddy says:

        It’s not a matter of no love. It was mostly a defensive and Wheeler centric driven recap. Given how the game played out, I believed that was the right direction to go.

        Also, no, Dom is the better player, and honestly, I have no idea what he ever did to you to completely dismiss how good a player he is.

    2. metsdaddy says:

      The Mets are 1.5 games back of the Wild Card. Their pitching staff is poised to cover much of the offensive deficiencies. There’s real reason for optimism.

  2. David Klein says:

    Ready to admit you were wrong about the beastly JD Davis?

    1. metsdaddy says:

      No. It’s a good stretch against bad teams, and he has an unsustainable .352 BABIP and 50.5 GB%. If he’s finished the season this way, we can talk, but he’s going to regress.

    2. Oldbackstop says:

      Has this guy ever, ever, ever admitted he was wrong about anything?

      1. metsdaddy says:

        Davis’ recent hot stretch started on June 30. Over this stretch, he’s hit an incredible .390/.461/.636. Those numbers are simply astounding, and as a result, he’s arguably been the Mets best hitter of that stretch of time.

        Over that stretch, he’s at a .456 BABIP. That’s simply impossible to maintain. This is a hot streak, and like all hot streaks, this is an extremely small sample size.

        Enjoy it and recognize it for what it is.

  3. Saul’s Colorist says:

    I am really hoping that JD Davis can do what Dom Smith could not do against the winning clubs, that is, after inning six to hit singles, hit for power against better hurlers and to drive in runs.

    That also goes for virtually the previous entire lineup. What I mean is with Cano.
    I can handle almost anyone not succeeding in high leverage situations, especially Alonso, McNeil, Nido and Rosario.

    If 2019 has Rosario on the cusp of being an All Star next year, improved Dee, stealing bases and you know the rest 2019 would have been a success.

    Speaking of team play, I was the last on board on seeing Robinson Cano as a team player. Boy was I wrong.

    The guy is as central as Cabrera was, was constantly in good spirits, easy around be team mates and front and center. Additionally in ABATS where he looks overmatched he is front and center and take the licking with humility.

    Speaking of the unnamed, the cowards who will not take defeat, who disappear in the playoffs and WS and produce nada, those who are in the back of the dugout so they can smoke Marlboro who at 30 did not even do much self care or even know what the word hydration meant.

    Here Cano has a torn hamstring and the guy is in the dugout, not even a game off away from his teammates. I was so wrong! I was so wrong about Cano.

    Cano is no selfish dirt bag, also a coward who would rather not be with his teammates when he is on the IL but California dreaming…

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Smith is a better player than Davis, so I have no idea why you would want Smith to be like Davis.

      As for Cespedes, there’s no need to take shots at him. He’s been a really good player for the Mets when healthy.

    2. Oldbackstop says:

      JD Davis is a much better player by every measure than Dom Smith. Smith has a negative career 1.3 WAR and .235 batting average.By every split JD is better. After a horrendous first three weeks at 3b, JD has played the OF error free, despite only five career starts out there before. Against most of the same weak teams, Smith was batting .184 since the break before going on the IL. And he looked truly horrendous in left field.

      And JD has played five positions in the major leagues and, given time, has the athleticism to be better at everyone.

      Dom can only play first, and we have a first baseman for 5.5 more years, never mind the Frazier, JD, Cano, etc could be spelled there is needed.

      A perfect move would have been to trade Smith in July for a bullpen arm. A really bad move would be to watch him flop around left in a pennant re ace.

      1. metsdaddy says:

        You’re wrong.

        1. Oldbackstop says:

          Is your daddy home to make grown up replies?

          1. metsdaddy says:

            You’re flat out wrong, and it’s mostly the result of your hatred of Dominic Smith. I’m not going to even attempt to hazard a guess what the basis for that hatred is.

      2. Gothamist says:

        Questions ? — Lacking courage, possibly being a dirt bag, is he selfish, stupid about water? And stretching, saying when signed for $110m/4 wanted to be a Met for life yet two months later does an interview in English with a Bay reporter saying he longed for Oakland…. just may be mostly true….
        Only the Nats offered him money, about $50m half deferred

        Sadly, as much as I pull for Dom, Dom being Alderson’s to boot, Dom Smith has been given RISP and failed and also as a starter late inning open bases to do his OBP best as he did as a PH.

        I knew this would happen and his results plummet when Mickey just put him in that #4 slot when he was hitting like .340?

        You said I was whining?

        Six RBIs as a starter, hit .200 as a starter, zero outfield assists ?

        1. metsdaddy says:

          In terms of Cespedes, I think we see now, his issues were related to his heels.

          As for Dom, we saw he got hurt as well playing through a stress fracture.

  4. Oldbackstop says:

    Davis slashed 335/.400./589/.989. In 2 season in the Pacific Coat League.

    That is a higher batting average than McNeil in the same league and a higher OPS than Alonso in the same league.

    He can hit for average and power. He just needs to play every day, he has been jerked around his whole professional career.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      He hit the ball well in a hitter’s league. Good for him. It doesn’t mean he’s bound for MLB success or that his insanely high BABIP can or will carry forward.

      As always, never over rely on SSS or minor league stats.

    2. Jeff’s Plugs says:

      Smith was projecting to be a WAR +1.0 and JD about 1.2 yet JD’s power numbers throughout his minor career only equals Wilmer Flores as far as recent Mets go.

  5. Oldbackstop says:

    I mean, JD has a higher OPS through his first 100 PAs at Citifield of any Met or visitor in history. Better than ALONSO.

    No reason to think he isn’t a plus-plus bat. This is exactly what he did in AAA, and he is 2.1 oWAR in limited play.

    He has a high BABIP because he absolutely crushes the ball, Alonso like power. He’s a line drive hitter but he has some of the longest home runs and exit velocities in the majors this year. His grounders a re e by the infielders before they can twitch.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      That’s an unsustainably high BABIP no matter how hard you hit it. I’d also note he’s not a line drive hitter. He’s a guy who hits the ball on the ground.

      The stats are there. Please use them instead of using feelings and conjecture.

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