In what was an awesome game, then an awful game, and then an awesome game again in the span of ten minutes, the Mets defeated the Dodgers 6-5 in walk-off fashion in the opening game of the series and of this home stand.
- The big story heading into the game was the debut of uber pitching prospect (and teenager) Julio Urias. The Mets were quite rude in his introduction to the big leagues, teeing off on him in the first inning for three runs and making him throw 37 pitches. They continued to give him fits throughout his short debut, and chased him after just 2.2 innings and 81 pitches.
- Jacob deGrom started for the Mets and was weirdly effective yet inconsistent. He managed to pitch seven innings, giving up just one earned run and striking out seven. He walked the tightrope several times tonight, however. His velocity was at 95 mph in the first, then dropped down to around 93 in the fourth, then creeped back up to 94 in the seventh. Basically, it seems as though he’s working his way through his troubles, whatever they may be, while making sure to keep his team in it. He’s fantastic, really, but you knew that.
- This spot was reserved for bashing Terry Collins for sitting Michael Conforto again against a left-hander in favor of starting Curtis Granderson. It was all well and good, since Granderson was 0-3 with 3 Ks heading into the 9th. But then, he went ahead and hit the walk-off homer in the 9th, negating the snark I had locked and loaded. So everything is awesome…for now.
- The corpse of David Wright hit a solo shot in this one, his third straight game with a homer. This may be the Wright we need to get used to now (low contact with pop and lots of Ks). I guess that’s not all bad, though if he can’t get more consistent it might not be so smart to keep him in the 2 hole.
- Juan Lagares had a big night in one of his rare starts. He was 3-4 with 3 RBI and his first homer of the season.
- Hey, here’s where we can lament Collins. He went all Terry Collins on us and inserted 3 relief pitchers into the game even though deGrom pitched seven complete innings. Heaven forbid Jerry Blevins face a right-hander or Jeurys Familia get a day off. Collins inserted Familia into a non-save situation and it was a disaster. Familia gave up four runs to the Dodgers in the ninth, one walked in, allowing them to tie the game.
- Necromancer and Mets Achilles heel Chase Utley was summarily booed throughout the entire game by a stadium full of Mets fans, very audibly, which was fantastic. Unfortunately, he almost had the last laugh when he went all Chase Utley and doubled in three runs to tie the game in the top of the 9th against Familia. It ended up being moot after the Granderson homer, but it was still annoying.