The Detroit Tigers coming into town for the first time since 2013 took the first game of the weekend series in a slugfest at Citi Field. Jumping out to a four-run lead in the first two innings off Noah Syndergaard, the lowly Tigers surprised many Mets fans who were expecting a low scoring affair. The visitors rank near the bottom of the league in almost every offensive category; however, today they played a very uncharacteristic game.
While the Mets countered with four home runs including a pinch-hit blast from newcomer Aaron Altherr, it was not enough to overcome this unexpected offensive outburst from Detroit which had three home runs of their own. Future Hall of Famer Miguel Cabrera led the charge going 2/2 with a home run, two walks, and a sacrifice fly.
Syndergaard looked shaky from the start, but it was good to see the lineup support him after his last start against the Marlins.
Already by the fourth inning the Mets had taken the lead in this back-and-forth game. Many of the runs came from their newly added depth pieces with Adeiny Hechavarria having a great offensive game. Unfortunately, the comeback magic ended as Dominic Smith struck out in the 8th. The Tigers bullpen proved to be slightly more effective than the pen for the nuclear Nats.
So, the Tigers stop their losing streak before reaching double digits, and the Mets have their win streak snapped at four. Tomorrow at 4pm hopefully neither of these teams start a new streak.