Thanks in part to the pitching of Zack Wheeler and the stunningly atrocious defense of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the New York Mets were able to defeat the Dodgers 7-3 and take the series two games to one.
When Wheeler takes the mound for the Mets, one gets the feeling that the team has a great chance to win. Although the Dodgers have a roster with more money invested, and with eyes on the playoffs, they simply were unable to keep up with Jacob deGrom on Monday, and then Wheeler tonight. Wheeler was the victim of giving up two mistake pitch home runs. The first was to phenom Max Muncy, who also drove in Justin Turner for a two run shot. The other was a Cody Bellinger solo shot. Besides these gaffs however, Wheeler pitched effectively, striking out nine and walking two.
While the Dodger offense came off of strictly home runs, the Mets did exactly the opposite. They took advantage of not-so-stellar Dodger defense, which allowed them to come up with 14 hits in the game. In fact, Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Wilmer Flores, Michael Conforto, Kevin Plawecki, and Brandon Nimmo each had multiple hit ballgames. My Gut Reaction is that seeing guys like Rosario, Conforto, McNeil, and Nimmo come away with big games shows a great sign of things to come. There is hope that these guys could be a big part of the lineup moving into the future. Rosario led the Mets with three hits, while Flores led with 2 RBIs.
If you ignored the rest of the season and looked at today’s game only, you would think that the Mets were the playoff contender, and not the Dodgers. The Mets, with a talented starting pitcher in tow, played flat out better than the Dodgers. In addition, they took advantage of Dodger mistakes, which is something a winning team always does. However, the Dodgers will chase the Rockies, and the Mets will be chased by the basement of the NL East.