The Mets went for their first sweep of the 2019 season full of confidence, and why not? They were sending Jacob deGrom out to take on Trevor Richards and the Marlins in Miami. One might say they were successful.
The Mets broke out early on Richards, when Keon Broxton shot a base hit into right field with one out in the second. Amed Rosario followed that up with a booming triple off the right field fence. If history was to be any indication, it was a safe bet deGrom would make that one run stand up. He didn’t have to, as it turned out, because he launched a long home run on the first pitch of the third. Brandon Nimmo walked and Pete Alonso hit a low tracer off the very top of the left field fence, barely missing a homer of his own — he’d settle for a double — as Nimmo skipped home with the Mets’ third run. Richards stemmed the tide, getting Robinson Cano to fly out, intentionally walking Michael Conforto, striking out J.D. Davis and getting Broxton on a grounder.
Meanwhile, deGrom continued to do deGrom things, striking out seven through the first four innings and surrendering but two hits. He would end up K-ing fourteen in seven innings. In thirteen innings so far in 2019, deGrom has allowed zero —
Z E R O — runs, let alone earned runs. The Mets, then, just kept on keepin’ on. With two outs in the seventh, Alonso scalded a base hit off to left — by way of third baseman Brian Anderson — and Cano dropped a double just off the left field line. In the eighth, Davis reached on an error leading off and crossed to second on Broxton’s ground out. After Rosario popped out, Dom Smith pinch hit for catcher Tomas Nido and hit a wiggly line drive that went through Starlin Castro at second, knocking Davis home. Smith would score when Wilson Ramos singled, pinch-hitting for deGrom.
With a large lead, Mickey Callaway took the opportunity to give the main bullpen cogs a much needed rest: Luis Avilan would take over in the eighth and gave up only a walk to ol’ pal Curtis Granderson. He also walked Neil Walker and Starlin Castro to start the ninth, though and then gave up a run-scoring single to Martin Prado. That was enough for Manager Mickey. Robert Gsellman came in to get the heck outta Dodge. Lewis Brinson hit a soft grounder to third that scored Castro. Gsellman then struck out pinch hitter Jorge Alfaro. Rosell Herrera made it a save situation with an RBI double. Callaway resisted the temptation to wave in Edwin Diaz and left Gsellman to face Miguel Rojas, who singled to center, plating another run. With Granderson due up as the tying run, Callaway bit the bullet and waved in Diaz for the last out. Granderson flied out to left to mercifully end it.
The first-place Mets open at home tomorrow, Noah Syndergaard taking on Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals at 1:10.