Curtis Granderson could not have picked a better night to stroke his 300th career home run. With the game tied 4-4 in the eight, Granderson cracked a line drive over the right field wall to give the Mets a 5-4 edge over the Chicago Cubs. It was a comeback effort all night for the Mets, who were down the whole game until Granderson’s strike. The flood gates opened soon after, with Lucas Duda contributing a three-run home run a few at bats later. The final score ended at 9-4. Also contributing to the driving in runs tonight was Juan Lagares with a triple and single, TJ Rivera with a single, and even Steven Matz with a pinch hit single. Yoenis Cespedes also had a pinch hit single.
Matt Harvey had quite an odd start in tonight’s game. There was a notable lack of velocity to his fastball, which garnered attention from not only the broadcasters but Terry Collins alike. After giving up four runs on three home runs, Harvey was pulled after four innings. Surely we will find the cause for Harvey’s lack of velocity later on.
The bullpen provided a solid game for the Mets, putting up zeroes across the board. The combination of Paul Sewald, Fernando Salas, Jerry Blevins, and Addison Reed gave the Mets the opportunity to win this game. My gut reaction is that the bullpen will continue to be strong, especially after an outing like tonight’s.
The injury bug continued to bite the Mets, as Neil Walker suffered a left leg injury running to first on a bunted ball. He will have an MRI tomorrow.
The Mets are back in action tomorrow night against the rival Washington Nationals. Robert Gsellman takes the hill against Gio Gonzales in the first game of a four game series.