Mets fans were treated with a win on this Labor Day holiday. They opened their home stand with a win against their division rival Philadelphia Phillies. Behind starting pitcher Rafael Montero, they defeated the Phillies 11-7. Montero lasted 5.1 innings and allowed four earned runs. Those runs were allowed over five walks, five hits, and three strikeouts. Despite the high walk total, Montero limited the amount of runs that were able to score. If Montero were able to cut down on his walks, he’d be a much more effective pitcher.
The Mets produced phenomenally offensively today. Every starting position player had a hit today with the exception of Dom Smith. The offensive out break was fueled by four separate players who each drove in two runs. These players were Jose Reyes, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, and Gavin Cecchini. Reyes and Cabrera each had a home run today, while Nori Aoki, Kevin Plawecki, and Juan Lagares all hit doubles. Plawecki also recorded his first career stolen base.
Out of the bullpen, there was good and bad. The bad was Paul Swald and Hansel Robles. Sewald gave up an earned run in .2 innings pitched, while Robles was unable to finish the ninth after also throwing in the eighth. He allowed two runs over 1.2 innings, and struck out three. Robles, like Montero needs to work on his control. My Gut Reaction is that today’s game was a bad sign for Robles, who needs to show maturity and growth to get more opportunities on the mound. The Mets play again tomorrow night at 7:10, when Jacob deGrom looks to earn his fourteenth win.