In a nice season farewell to their fans, the Mets won handily tonight 7-1 to win their last home series three games to one against the Braves. It was an unlikely win with Robert Gsellman on the mound and a lineup that included even more lightweights than usual. But Gsellman, who’s been inconsistent when healthy, pitched one of his better games of the season, allowing just one run in six innings. Meanwhile, one of the most feeble lineups the Mets have trotted out since the John Mayberry, Jr. and Eric Campbell phase managed to score seven runs courtesy of a Travis d’Arnaud two-run single, two helpful Braves errors, 10 walks by Braves pitchers, an upper deck pinch hit home run by Dominic Smith and an RBI double from Jose Reyes. That’s why they play the games and that’s why this blogger doesn’t bet on sports.
Jamie Callahan and Chasen Bradford looked terrific in a scoreless inning of relief and, unlike fellow new bullpen trade acquisition Jacob Rhame, he looks like he might factor into next year’s bullpen. Add Chasen Bradford and Paul Sewald to that conversation as well. They each pitched in a scoreless frame of their own.
The Citi faithful gave the Mets a heartfelt applause at the end. It was a disappointing season for sure, but Mets fans are a knowledgeable bunch and know that this may well be their last chance to root for a number of players and coaches at the ends of their contracts. The laundry will be the same next year, but the faces won’t be the same. Always bitter sweet to be a Mets fan. On an interesting positive note, the Mets won their final regular season home game for the seventh season in a row – every year of Terry Collins’ coaching tenure.
The Mets are off tomorrow before heading to Philadelphia for their least three games of 2017. Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom will start games one and two. A starter for game three, Sunday, has not yet been announced, though Noah Syndergaard is expected to make another appearance during the series.