The New York Mets made a grand entrance to Boston on Friday night, as they slugged their way to an 8-0 victory over the Red Sox.
The Mets set a tone for their offensive performance in the first inning of the game, as a Jay Bruce doubled to drive in Michael Conforto. This would be the beginning of a successful night for Bruce who, with his four RBIs, drove in half of the Mets runs this evening. His other three RBIs came in the fourth inning, when he belted a three run home run. He wasn’t the only Met to belt one out tonight though, as Austin Jackson hit a two run home run, and Amed Rosario and Jeff McNeil each hit a solo home run.
On the mound for the Mets was Noah Syndergaard, who had another solid outing, was able to earn the win tonight. Never facing too much pressure, Syndergaard was able to handle one of the better lineups in baseball. He allowed three hits over his seven innings of work, striking out six and walking three. Possibly his most important stat of the game was that he was able to pick off a base runner.
This was a big moment for Syndergaard, as he had allowed three stolen bases prior to picking off Ian Kinsler. Kinsler, who had been aggressive earlier in the game, became too aggressive in leading off of first in the seventh inning. Syndergaard was able to fire off a throw to first and nab Kinsler for the second out. The third out of the inning came curtesy of McNeil, who was able to sprawl to his side to nab a line drive from Jackie Bradley Jr.
My Gut Reaction from this game is that the Mets are playing like the season still has meaning to it. For some of the players, they are playing for a spot on next year’s team. In one case, someone is pitching to try to earn an award. Either way, the way that they have been playing in September has simply been refreshing.