Life is apparently throwing everything it can against the Mets here in April and the club just keeps responding in a terrific manner. Today, the Mets overcame an ejection of Max Scherzer and the departure of Starling Marte to defeat the Dodgers, 5-3, and capture the series win Wednesday afternoon in L.A.

Scherzer had a rough first inning but got out of it and then settled down and appeared in complete control the next two innings. But as he was coming to the mound for the fourth, the umpires inspected his glove and threw him out for illegal substances. Scherzer was hopping mad and it was later disclosed that he claimed it was just rosin. Either way, the Mets had to go to the bullpen for six innings.

Jimmy Yacabonis came up big with 2.2 IP and Jeff Brigham got the final out in the sixth. Then the “A” relievers took over, although both David Robertson and Adam Ottavino allowed runs to score. Still, in a game where you ask your relievers to give you six innings against a good team on the road, having them allow just three runs is a win.

Meanwhile, the Mets’ offense that was shut down Tuesday night came back to life. Brandon Nimmo had his second career five-hit game and his two-run homer in the fifth inning put the Mets ahead, 2-1. Nimmo also singled in the ninth and raced home on a double from Mark Canha to push the lead to 5-2.

Canha was in the game in place of Marte, who had three ground ball outs, including two GDPs. He did not take the field for the bottom of the sixth inning, due to an apparent leg injury.

The Mets had 11 hits in the game, with Francisco Alvarez being the only Met besides Nimmo with a multi-hit game, as he delivered two singles.

This figured to be a tough road for the Mets, as they had an early West Coast trip that featured 10 games. But the Mets are now 5-1 on the trip. Next up is a four-game series with the Giants.

8 comments on “Gut Reaction: Mets 5, Dodgers 3 (4/19/23)

  • Mike W

    Problem with Scherzer is he now probably gets a 10 game suspension. What a joke. Just let the man pitch.

  • NYM6986

    Gotta love Nimmo continuing to come into his own with five hits and a big HR. Alvarez 2 singles is a great improvement although he remains 42 points under the Mendoza
    Line. Vogelbach back to form with an o-fer today but until sometime else steps up he’s in no danger of losing playing time. If Marte and Canha are out who becomes the 4th outfielder? Another great day by the pen. Another big test for the starters against the Giants who are undoubtedly better than their 6-11 record and always seem
    to play the Mets tough at home. Not sure who will pitch game 2 for us. Do we have any starters left? Without Scherzer for 10 days Jose Butto will be back soon.

  • Metsense

    Gut Reaction: Nimmo’s homerun changed the game memont for the Mets

  • Woodrow

    These guys are pretty good.

  • deegrove84

    Let Alvarez and Baty keep starting. We cannot expect Alvarez to find his footing at the plate if the Mets keep having him play only once every three days and never two consecutive.

    • Bob P


  • Mike W

    Does anyone think we should take a chance on Bumgarner? Will only cost is a few nickels.

    • Brian Joura

      I can’t think of anything our HR-riddled pitching staff needs less than Bumgarner. Since 2020, he’s 15-32 with a 5.23 ERA in 363.1 IP. He has a 1.6 HR/9 in that span. Yikes!

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