Mets Game 28: Win Over Orioles

Nice win — and series sweep — for the Mets. I didn’t see the game but below is the recap provided by the Mets PR staff, fortified by my witty commentary in italics.

METS VS. ORIOLES: The Mets have won eight straight games vs. Baltimore, dating to June 11, 2010… New York’s eight consecutive wins against Baltimore extends its longest winning streak against any American League opponent…The last time the Mets won eight straight games against one opponent was when they won eight straight against San Francisco from June 3, 2008-May 16, 2009…The Mets have also won six straight games vs. the Orioles in New York (June 18, 2006-present)…New York has swept three straight series from the Orioles…The Mets are 21-9 (.700) all-time against Baltimore during the regular season.
Seems the Mets are in the Orioles’ head. With luck, it will be a rematch of the 1969 World Series this fall.

HOME START: The Mets are 13-3 at home this year, tied for the second-best start through 16 home games in team history…New York began 14-2 at Shea Stadium in 1985 and 13-3 at Shea to begin 1986.
1986! Do you know what the Mets did that year???!!!

HOME SWEEPS: New York has swept four of its five series at Citi Field this season (Philadelphia, Miami, Atlanta and Baltimore)…The Mets swept four home series over the last two seasons combined (two in 2013 and two in 2014).
doh! What do you suppose this is? a) the Mets are simply this awesome; b) the Mets have some kind of advantage in the Field At Shea Bridge, not unlike the 1987 Minnesota Twins in the Metrodome; d) Good timing of facing the right teams at the right times; e) None of the above.

DILSON HERRERA: Went 3-3 with three RBI, including a two-run home run in the sixth inning, his first career home run at Citi Field…His three hits tied a career-high (also done September 5, 2014 at Cincinnati) and his three RBI also tied a career-high (also done September 1, 2014 at Miami).
Is this the beginning of the end for Daniel Murphy?

HOME RUNS FOR HERRERA: Dilson Herrera joins Gregg Jefferies as the only second basemen in franchise history to hit four home runs in their first 23 career games.
I remember buying Jefferies’ rookie card for $8. It’s in a little plexiglass case and everything. You know what it’s worth now? Let’s just say that investment did NOT beat the S&P 500 over the past 28 years.

JACOB deGROM: Tossed a season high-tying 7.0 innings, allowing one run, earned, on six hits…Struck out a season-high nine batters and walked one…His most strikeouts in a game since he struck out 10 in his final start of last season at Atlanta on September 21.

deGROM AT HOME: Over his last 10 home starts, dating to July 8, 2014, he is 8-1 with a 1.30 ERA (10 earned runs/69.0 innings)…His 1.62 ERA (17 earned runs/94.1 innings) in 14 career home games is the second-best mark in the majors since the start of the 2014 season (minimum 50.0 innings)…Only trails Andrew Cashner’s 1.51 home ERA in that time.
Perhaps deGrom is for real after all?

deGROM HITTING: Singled in the fourth inning to snap an 0-for-21 drought at the plate, dating to August 23, 2014…Began his career hitting 10-for-35 (.286).
About time he got his bat going. Maybe he can be moved up to 8th in the lineup next time around.

METS STARTERS: Since May 1, Mets starting pitchers have posted a 1.07 ERA (four earned runs/33.2 innings).
Gee, that’s amazin’.

6-9 HITTERS: The Mets 6-9 hitters went 5-for-9 (.556) with a walk, three RBI and two runs scored tonight.
Was it just an unusually good day for the bottom of the order, or should Terry Collins reconsider the lineup order?
CURTIS GRANDERSON: Hit his second home run of the season to lead off the bottom of the third inning…He is hitting .315 (17-54) with nine runs scored, five doubles, two home runs and eight RBI over his last 16 games.
Well it’s about friggin’ time the Grandyman hits one over the fence. Is this the beginning of a massive streak, in which he puts the team on his back and carries it?

KEVIN PLAWECKI: Singled in the fourth inning to extend his hitting streak to six games…He is hitting .333 (7-21) over those contests.
Is Travis d’Arnaud the next to get Wally Pipped?

Post your own notes in the comments.

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  1. dansj May 7, 2015 at 9:45 am
    On the broadcast last night, Gary and Ron examined scenarios where TDA comes back and takes over catching and also plays some corner outfield and gives Plaw sufficient time behind the plate, to keep both bats in the lineup. Not sure it’s realistic, but it would be a shame to send Plaw down after his performance here. Good problems, but problems nonetheless.
  2. meticated May 7, 2015 at 10:03 am
    What’s the haps Joe?…you’ve been absent and your acerbic wit is not up to your usual standards…job stress?
  3. Dan Capwell May 7, 2015 at 11:03 am
    Welcome back Maestro.

    It seems fairly obvious that Plawecki will be returned to Vegas as soon as TdA is ready. I believe however, that they will activate him in time to be included in a possible playoff roster (now when was the last time we even thought about that?)

    A little more complicated with Murphy and Herrera. The latter probably shouldn’t sit on the bench and the former just doesn’t play defense enough to serve as a jack-of-all-trades.

    The front office might be rooting for a min-skid by Herrera just so they can send him back to LV as well.

  4. Bat May 7, 2015 at 2:11 pm
    I agree with Cappy that Plaw will go back to Vegas.

    Plaw has played very few games at AAA and a little more seasoning couldn’t hurt.

  5. crozier May 8, 2015 at 12:00 pm
    I’m not entirely convinced deGrom is the real thing. I think he’d have had a decent outing two starts ago if defense hadn’t let him down, but it’s on him to recover from errors, and he didn’t.

    The difference between his great line score and a horrible one against the Orioles came down to the Davis at bat – and we know it could’ve gone either way.

    It’s too early to judge him by a stat like FIP, but so far it suggests he’s not as good as his traditional numbers indicate. A few stellar starts without a rough third trip through the order are needed to back the notion that he’s as good as last year.

    He can be a gutsy pitcher, though. Takes a lot of nerve to throw that change-up to Davis on a 3-2 bases loaded situation.

    • Jlaw May 8, 2015 at 12:41 pm
      Are you sure it was a changeup? Certainly looked like he threw Davis two straight fastballs up and away to get him.
      • crozier May 8, 2015 at 2:51 pm
        It was a change of speed for, sure. Whether he took something off his fastball or something else, it was a fantastic pitch.

        But as I said, it could’ve gone badly as well. That he was willing to take that risk at a critical juncture will be in hitter’s heads, which is a good thing. But had Davis unloaded, a lot of people would be saying last year was a fluke.