The Mets’ Sunday afternoon game with the Phillies was set-up to be a pitcher’s duel. Jacob deGrom faced off against Aaron Nola in a battle of two NL East aces. However, this game turned into a laugher, with the Mets winning by a score of 14-1. The win was their second in a row, moving their record to 19-22 on the season. The Mets now sit just one game back of the last NL playoff spot. Meanwhile, the Phillies have cooled off a bit this weekend, though they still sit at 19-17.
An extra-base hit barrage
The Mets’ lineup was locked in right from the start against Nola. They scored runs in every inning except for the third against him. Additionally, 12 of the Mets’ 17 hits were for extra bases, including five home runs. Pete Alonso hit two of those homers, bringing his team-leading total up to 10 on the season. He now has four homers in his last four games. Additionally, Jeff McNeil smacked his first homer of the year, while Brandon Nimmo followed up a few batters later with his sixth homer of the year. Wilson Ramos capped off a seven-run eighth inning by hitting his third long-ball of the year.
The Mets also received strong performances from their two most consistent bats, Dom Smith and Michael Conforto. Smith went 4-for-5 with three doubles and three RBI, raising his team-leading RBI total to 31. Additionally, he is hitting a monstrous .327/.397/.646 (182 OPS+) on the season. Conforto meanwhile, went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored. He raised his batting line to a scalding .342/.434/.557 (172 OPS+) on the season.
deGrom dominates again
Jacob deGrom upheld his end of the pitcher’s duel by stifling the Phillies’ offense. He pitched seven innings, only allowing three hits, one run, and two walks while striking out 12. Additionally, he earned his third win of the season. So far on the season, deGrom has a minuscule 1.69 ERA/2.00 FIP, a 0.875 WHIP, and an NL-best 70 strikeouts in 48 innings pitched (13.1 K/9). He is making a strong case to win his third straight Cy Young Award.
Rookie David Peterson will get the ball against former-Met Zack Wheeler in the series finale on Monday. Peterson last pitched out of the bullpen in Baltimore and did very well. He threw four scoreless innings, just allowing two hits and two walks while earning his fourth victory of the season. Meanwhile, Wheeler was strong in his last outing, going 6.2 shutout innings and allowing just three hits and two walks with six strikeouts. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:10 P.M. EST.
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