Thanks to the friendly Colorado hitting climate and a terrific start by Jacob deGrom, the Mets were able to defeat the Colorado Rockies 12-2.
It was in the first at bat in the series that the tone would be set for this game. On a 0-2 count, Brandon Nimmo laced a ball into the outfield, and raced his way around the bases for an inside the park home run. The Mets would not look back from this early lead.
Of course fending off the advances of the Rockies was the hero of the Mets, deGrom. While he didn’t rack up many strikeouts (he only recorded six on the night) deGrom was able to make his time on the mound count in other ways. Through eight innings, deGrom allowed one earned run and walked one, while lowering his league-leading ERA to 1.51. In an even more shocking development, the Mets were able to pull off a win for deGrom as well.
This of course required the help of deGrom, as the defense of this team, much like home plate umpire Tony Randazzo, took a few body blows this evening. It was in the seventh when an error by Jose Bautista that allowed Gerardo Parra to score. Luckily, the Mets were in an offense friendly ballpark.
The Mets slugged their way through this game, clobbering home run after home run. Nimmo, Wilmer Flores, and Devin Mesoraco all smacked a home run on the evening. For Nimmo, he not only slugged an inside the park home run, but drove a shot deep into the outfield in the top of the seventh to add on to the Mets lead. Nimmo would go onto have four hits and four runs batted in. My Gut Reaction from this offensive outburst is that playing in Colorado is exactly what the team needed to get them going. Every player besides Bautista and deGrom registered a hit in the starting lineup.
The bottom line is that the Mets knew that they could take advantage of a bullpen that is worse than their own, and they made the most of the opportunity. They scored seven runs off of a terrible bullpen, including a six run ninth inning.