The Mets got a much-needed victory on Wednesday night. They came back from down four runs to defeat the Orioles by a score of 7-6. The win moved the Mets’ record to 20-24 on the season. Additionally, they sit just two games out of a playoff spot with 16 games to go. Meanwhile, the Orioles fell to 20-22 on the season. They currently trail the Yankees by a game and a half for the final playoff spot in the AL.
Long-ball sparks offense
The Mets hit four homers in Wednesday night’s affair, which played a big role in their comeback. After falling behind 5-1, Jeff McNeil smacked a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth to cut the Baltimore lead in half. McNeil, who had no homers coming into Sunday afternoon’s game, now has homered in four consecutive games. Additionally, he has raised his OPS from .630 to .884 over the past 14 games. Michael Conforto continued his fantastic season with his eighth homer of the year in the fifth. Additionally, he is second in the NL in batting average and hits, third in on-base percentage and ninth in OPS.
Andrés Giménez evened up the score by hitting his second homer of the season in the bottom of the sixth. He has continued to impress both offensively and defensively this season. Additionally, his performance has earned him a bigger role in the starting line-up. Pete Alonso hit the game-winning homer in the bottom of the eighth, his team-leading 11th of the year. While he hasn’t been as dominant as he was last season, Alonso now has five homers in his last seven games.
Bullpen bails out Porcello
Rick Porcello struggled mightily on the mound on Wednesday. He allowed 10 hits and five runs in just four innings. Additionally, this outing raised his ERA to an ugly 6.07 on the year. Opponents are hitting .318 against Porcello this year, and he has given up the most hits and earned runs in the NL.
While the Mets’ bullpen wasn’t exactly flawless, they did a good job of holding the O’s at bay. Jared Hughes, Justin Wilson, and Jeurys Familia all contributed scoreless innings, working around some baserunners. Wilson also received some help when Michael Conforto made a great catch on the warning track in the top of the sixth with the bases loaded and two outs, saving three runs from scoring. Edwin Díaz worked around a lead-off single in the ninth inning to record his third save of the season.
The Mets have an off-day on Thursday before they begin a three-game series in Buffalo with the Blue Jays. Jacob deGrom will get the start for the Mets in the series opener on Friday. In his last start, deGrom allowed three hits, two walks, and one run with 11 strikeouts in seven innings, earning the win. The reigning two-time Cy Young Award winner is in a good position to win his third straight award, as he leads the NL in ERA and is second in strikeouts by only two.
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