The Mets extended their winning streak to four games with a 2-0 shutout of the Marlins Monday night. It was their fourth victory in as many games against the Marlins here in 2018.
Jason Vargas, pitching for the first time in nearly two weeks, turned in his best pitching performance of the year. Was it the upgrade from Jose Lobaton/Tomas Nido to Devin Mesoraco or was it because of facing Miami? Whatever the reason, he finished with five scoreless innings with seven strikeouts. He cruised through the first four innings before pitching out of a jam in the fifth.
The Mets had some good swings but very little to show for it. They jumped on top thanks to an RBI double by Asdrubal Cabrera, which scored Amed Rosario from first base. Rosario was running on the pitch and appeared to fly around the bases, showing his speed that makes fans wonder why he doesn’t steal more bases.
The Marlins threatened in the sixth, loading the bases on a single and two walks. The second of the free passes was allowed by Jerry Blevins, who was immediately removed for AJ Ramos. Fans were covering their eyes with Ramos coming on with the bases juiced, figuring a walk was a near guarantee. For his part, Ramos threw a bunch of pitches out of the strike zone but was bailed out by Derek Dietrich, who ended up fanning after starting the count 2-0. All three pitches he swung at were balls.
The Mets scratched out an insurance run with a bloop double be Mesoraco, an error and an opposite field single by pinch-hitter Wilmer Flores.
Jeurys Familia allowed a double in the ninth inning but picked up his 13th Save of the year when Lewis Brinson inexplicably tried to beat out an infield hit by diving into first base. There was nothing wrong with the throw and it certainly looked like he would have beaten it if he ran through the bag. That would have brought the
tying winning run to the plate. You could almost hear Keith muttering about fundies.