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No Joking: Wacha and Mets Offense Were Terrific

Whereas nothing went right in the series finale against the Braves, nearly everything went right against the Red Sox. That was all the more incredible when you consider Amed Rosario and Jeff McNeil ran them out of the top of the first.

Rosario you understood as he was aggressive running to an open base, and honestly, it was shocking to see Xander Bogaerts beat him in a foot race. As for McNeil, he was just picked off.

This didn’t come back to haunt the Mets. For starters, it didn’t because Michael Wacha was very good over five innings against the Red Sox. He kept them off balance with his change, and he was pumping his fastball up to 97 MPH.

The only run off of him was a Mitch Moreland solo homer in the fourth. By then, the game was effectively over.

The Mets offense finally woke up against the bullpenning Red Sox. Every batter reached base safely at least once, and Robinson Cano was the only starter without a hit.

The Mets offense put together three straight innings with multiple run homers. First, it was a Michael Conforto two run shot off Josh Osich in the second:

Then, Pete Alonso got off the snide after struggling much of the early part of the season with an absolute laser over the monster:

Then, in the fourth, Dominic Smith hit a three run homer increasing the Mets lead to 7-1:

Of course, with this being the Mets, they can’t make anything easy.

Chasen Shreve, making his Mets debut, allowed a homer to Bogaerts in his two innings of work. That made it 7-2 Mets.

Jeurys Familia came on in the eighth, and unfortunately, he did not build on his impressive first appearance of the season.

The problems started when he issued a one out walk to J.D. Martinez. Rafael Devers doubled setting up runners on second a third with one out. Both runs would score leading to Luis Rojas to bring in Seth Lugo for the four out save.

Lugo got out of the eighth, and he retired the Red Sox in order to preserve the 7-4 victory. The Mets are now back at .500 and just hoping to be able to play another day.

Game Notes: Brandon Nimmo batted ninth again. Smith was the DH with Yoenis Cespedes getting the day off.

4 thoughts on “No Joking: Wacha and Mets Offense Were Terrific”

  1. oldbackstop says:

    Remember how bad the Wacha signing was in your mind, though?

    http://metsdaddy.com/2019/12/mets-signing-michael-wacha-a-waste/

    1. metsdaddy says:

      One start against a struggling Red Sox offense and didn’t get past the fifth.

      By the way, why didn’t you say anything to me about Porcello’s start?

      1. oldbackstop says:

        Oh jeez, he got slaughtered. Hopefully it was just the team he had been withb for five years knowing his stuff. Maybe they should have started him agaisnt somebody else.

        Of course,,,,since the Mets lost 7-1 when he wasn’t it the game, not sure it wasn’t just a night when our bats were cold and theirs were hot.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          Since when was Porcello a Brave?

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