Seth Lugo gave the Mets something they haven’t had in weeks – a win from their starting pitcher. Lugo recovered from giving up a first inning homer to go five innings, pitching the Mets to a 5-1 win over the Phillies. It was the Mets’ third win in their last four games, with each win coming against a different opponent.
Lugo got his pitch count up to 81 and he’s as stretched out now as any pitcher on the staff. If there was any doubt – and there really shouldn’t have been – he’s the team’s second-best starter after Jacob deGrom. And during the game, the announcers said the Mets were moving David Peterson back to the rotation. Why they moved him out in the first place made zero sense, right up there with keeping Lugo in the bullpen as long as they did. But at least now they look like they’ll finish out the year with their three-best starters in the rotation. We shouldn’t have to celebrate things like this but here we are.
The Mets put up runs in four straight innings and just missed a fifth, as they put runners on the corners with no outs but didn’t score. Andres Gimenez was in the middle of a bunch of action for the Mets, as he scored two runs and drove in two more, including one on a sac fly to the second baseman in shallow right field.
Gimenez started at shortstop over Amed Rosario. It will be interesting to see how Luis Rojas handles his middle infielders going forward. It might be a full-blown platoon at short. Todd Frazier got a start, too, as Rojas gave Pete Alonso a day off. No one expects Alonso to be platooned but it will be interesting to see if he gets a few more days off the rest of the way.
It was a good night for the bullpen, as Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Miguel Castro and Edwin Diaz each gave a scoreless inning. Familia gave up a double but looked good for the second straight outing. It would be helpful if he could be used in close games in the late innings going forward.