The Mets were finally able to produce offense off of Brave’s starter Julio Teheran, as the defeated him and the Braves 4-1.
For the first time all season, I found myself saying “I want more Jason Vargas!”
Vargas pitched a solid five innings against the Braves, giving up no runs and only two hits and a walk. Against the stout Braves lineup, it was impressive to see this kind of success from Vargas. It was after his fifth inning that Mickey Callaway made one of his more head-scratching decisions of the season. Although Vargas was only at 65 pitches, Calloway decided to yank him anyway. This was a questionable call on multiple levels.
On one level, this bullpen has had to run on fumes as of late. By pulling Vargas unnecessarily early, Callaway put a strain on his bullpen that just didn’t need to happen. To add onto the bullpen perspective of the decision, the bullpen has not exactly been hot as of late. Vargas was pitching seamlessly, yet Callaway put the game in danger by throwing the bullpen into the mix. How was Callaway rewarded for his decision? Tim Peterson allowed a home run during his stint in relief.
I’m sure no one needs to be reminded that Vargas has been far from the best pitcher on the staff so far this season. His start tonight was not only encouraging to the fans watching at home, but possibly to Vargas as well. Being pulled so early shows the complete lack of trust that exists between the two of them. Luckily, all worked out for the Mets. Some of the help came from a dynamic evening from Amed Rosario.
The player of the game for the Mets tonight was Rosario. He had a terrific night at the plate, flashing his speed with a triple and a double to get into scoring position. In the field, he made a diving stop to start a double plat to help out Jeurys Familia in the bottom of the eighth inning, with runners on the corners. My Gut Reaction is that we saw the true potential of what Rosario could be in tonight’s game.
Brandon Nimmo had another great night at the plate, drawing his normal walk while also picking up two hits and an RBI. Jose Bautista, Jay Bruce, Adrian Gonzalez, and Vargas also struck hits for the Mets. One of Gonzalez’s hits was a home run.
The Mets were able to leave Atlanta with a split of the four game series. Following the win, they improve to 27-26 on the season. On Thursday, Seth Lugo will start against Jose Quintana as the Cubs come to Citi Field at 7:10 pm.