Just as the Mets almost let one get away, Wilmer Flores saved the day with another signature walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Citi Field faithful erupted in applause, the team stormed out of the dugout to celebrate, and a certain blogger jumped out of his seat and screamed so loud he scared his wife and daughter.
Noah Syndergaard was dominant, striking out 11, including eight in a row and Brandon Nimmo had a monster day, with a home run, triple and four times on base. Unfortunately, most of the rest of the team seemed to be asleep as stranded base runners and two costly infield errors nearly cost them this game.
Syndergaard ran a high pitch count and had to be pulled in the sixth inning. On a day when he had his best stuff so far, including an unhittable sinking changeup, he allowed just two hits and one unearned run. Five relievers kept the Mets in the game until Flores stepped to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to save the day.
The Nationals, who lost again today and now stand five and a half games behind us in the standings, come to town for a home series starting tomorrow, weather permitting. Gio Gonzalez will face Jacob deGrom in the series opener.
- Jose Reyes must really not like cold weather because he’s off to another dreadful start this season, still waiting for his first hit. It will be interesting to see how long a leash he’s given with Gavin Cecchini and Luis Guillorme in AAA and T.J. Rivera expected back in a month.
- Brandon Nimmo is really something and the Mets need to work out a way to rotate him into the lineup on a regular basis. The three starting outfielders have all cooled off and could each benefit from a day off here and there, especially with the cold weather.