The Mets pushed across eight runs in the first inning to break out of their offensive slump, and that combined with another strong effort by Zack Wheeler led the Mets to an 11-2 win over the Marlins in the first of a three-game set Friday night in Citi Field.
The first eight Mets batters reached base safely, with six hits and two walks. The streak was climaxed by Amed Rosario drilling a grand slam home run. Michael Conforto and Jeff McNeil later added homers. Overall, five different Mets finished with multi-hit games, including J.D. Davis and Conforto with three apiece.
Wheeler had an interesting night. He started off overpowering and finished with 11 Ks. But he also gave up nine hits on the night. The Marlins didn’t hit the ball very hard but had excellent placement on the balls with which they did manage to make contact. In perhaps the biggest surprise of the night, Wheeler was sent back for the seventh inning despite having thrown 94 pitches and with the Mets holding a nine-run lead.
In his last six starts, Wheeler is 3-1 with a 2.93 ERA. In 40 IP in that span, he has 11 BB and 49 Ks.
This was just the second blowout win of the year for the Mets, both coming in games started by Wheeler. The only other win by five or more runs came on April 23 when they beat the Phillies, 9-0. How big of a blowout was this one? Gary and Keith went through baseball cards for the last few innings.