Final Score: Mets 2, Nationals 0
Thoooooorrrrrr: Noah Syndergaard was completely and utterly dominant. The Mets had two late pregame back-related injury scratches from the lineup after Lucas Duda and David Wright spent Monday helping Ray Ramirez move his grand piano. We had to throw Eric Campbell and rookie Matt Reynolds in the lineup at the last minute, and it didn’t matter with Thor on the mound. He went 7 scoreless innings and struck out 10 Nationals. He punched out Bryce Harper twice, Jayson Wethless twice and future backup shortstop Danny Espinosa three times. His stuff was straight nasty. My god. And by the way, in the 6th inning Kevin Plawecki threw out Ben Revere trying to steal second. I thought Thor had a problem holding men on base? Based on the replay Revere was safe by a mile, but we won so who cares!
A Couple Of Bombs: Curtis Granderson hit a leadoff solo blast in the first inning and Michael Conforto hit a laser solo dinger in the third inning. Speaking of dingers, I can’t believe it took the Mets so many goddamn years to move the walls in at Citi Field and draw those orange home run boundary lines. The Conforto dinger barely snuck out, and it was a freaking laser. Stupid Wilpons and their dumb cavernous Ebbets field tribute.
Grandy Heard Me: I called out the Grandyman for being stinky lately in my series preview, and he went 2 for 2 with 2 walks. All is forgiven.
Who Needs Runs: Thor didn’t even need all that run support. One was all he needed, and honestly he was lucky because it was almost all he got in this game. Max Scherzer aka Mad Eye Max was almost as dominant pitching 6.1 innings with 10 strikeouts of his own.
Set-Up Man Impersonator: How about Addison Reed? The guy spent a part of last season in the minors figuring out his mechanics, and he’s been lights out this year. He basically has the same ERA as Jeurys Familia. Jim Henderson has been good, but he’s struggled with pitching in back to back games. Reed on the other hand has just been a straight up reliable ol’ set up dude. We could use another guy, but if we can run Soup a doop out there all the time for the first couple months, I suppose the pen can wait for an upgrade until the trade deadline as well.
Murph Reunion: Daniel Murphy got a pregame video tribute, a hit, and he turned a highlight reel double play. But we won so it ain’t no thang. I really thought he was going to burn us tonight. I let the Panic City pessimist take over my mind. The pregame injury flood was so Mets that it hurt, so it makes sense that I reacted that way. But these aren’t our typical loser Mets. At least not tonight.
Tomorrow: What a great win. This emotional roller coaster of a season certainly continues to move all over the place. The four game losing streak has been snapped, and now we look to win the series with Bartolo Colon on the mound tomorrow.
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