The Mets recalled Joey Lucchesi to give Kodai Senga an extra day of rest between starts. Lucchesi had been on the IL and made two brief rehab starts with Brooklyn. But he came up and did a very nice job, helping lead the Mets to a 7-1 win over the Cardinals Friday night in St. Louis.
Brandon Nimmo led off the game with a home run, giving Lucchesi a lead before he threw a pitch. It was part of a three-hit night for Nimmo. And one of his two outs was a 104.2 mph line drive that was snagged by Nolan Arrenado.
Lucchesi struggled in the first inning, loading the bases before retiring the side. But he was terrific in innings two thru five before running into some trouble in the sixth. It might have been an early hook from Buck Showalter but with Lucchesi not necessarily being stretched out, it made sense. Phil Bickford got the final out of the inning, snuffing out a bases-loaded situation.
Meanwhile, the Mets scratched out a run in the third inning with an RBI single by Jeff McNeil. And then they broke the game open with a five-run seventh. The frame was helped by two poor defensive plays by the Cardinals and was climaxed with a three-run homer by McNeil.
The Mets pounded out 13 hits in the game. In addition to Nimmo and McNeil, three others had multi-hit games, including cleanup hitter Francisco Lindor, who had two hits, two runs and an RBI. Pete Alonso just missed a potential HR, as his blast to straightaway center field was caught right at the top of the fence.
It was the Mets’ fifth win in their last six games. It’s nice to see them putting some wins together. Still, I couldn’t help but think this was a rather uninspired effort by the Cardinals. They looked more like the June-vintage Mets rather than the team that seemingly makes the playoffs every year.