On a day where the rain came in buckets, the Mets were able to snag their second consecutive series after they defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4.
While the small, drenched crowd that was filling the seats today at Citi Field may have expected Jacob deGrom while they were making their trek to the game today, they instead received Corey Oswalt. Oswalt, having been thrown quickly into the game due to the inclement weather, was able to muster 3 innings of work for the Mets. In those three innings, he struck out four while allowing five hits and two earned runs. With only 59 pitches thrown after three, it came as a bit of a surprise that Oswalt was yanked after only three. After he was removed though, a whole gaggle of bullpen pitchers came into the game.
Drew Gangon, Eric Hanhold, Drew Smith, and Seth Lugo all took the mound after Oswalt left, and for the most part, all of them were effective. It was interesting to see the Mets, who have had a rather inconsistent season at the bullpen, come away with a win in a game that was based around the bullpens of each of the teams.
On offense, the Mets again showed that they have multiple ways of bringing runs across the plate. A big proponent of the offense today was Michael Conforto, who in the first inning, hustled out an infield single to knock in his first RBI of the game. Later in the fifth, Conforto drilled a three run homerun to left field, showcasing his versatility. My Gut Reaction is that this game might have been a preview of the offense of the future for the Mets. Today it seemed that Amed Rosario, who was driven in three times today, seemed to set the table for hitters like Jeff McNeil and Conforto to drive him in.
Following the win, the Mets will host the Miami Marlins at Citi Field in a four game series that starts tomorrow night at 7:10 pm.