Well Mickey Callaway looked like a genius in this one.
Starting Jason Vargas was all that was needed to seal this victory and to even the series at one game apiece. Vargas pitched a gem going for the shutout, his first in a Met uniform, as he scattered five hits and a walk on 117 pitches. A huge question mark coming into the season, Vargas was unimpressive through the first few weeks. Since the slow start he has been a solid piece and stabilizer for the rotation.
Having a large lead certainly allowed him to be aggressive against hitters. The Mets bats struck early in this one with Jeff McNeil hitting a laser double in the leadoff spot, later scoring. A trio of home runs from Michael Conforto, Amed Rosario, and Adeiny Hechavarria continued a streak of great home offense. Rosario’s in particular stood out as it was an opposite-field no doubter.
In the field Pete Alonso looked good after messing up a play last night. Keith Hernandez on the broadcast was quick to examine the first basemen’s glove work, and tonight Alonso had some nice scoops.
Next to him at the keystone Robinson Cano made his return, but left in the fifth inning with tightness in his left quad.