Final Score: Mets 7, Braves 5
When your team loses its two star players to injury in the same week, it’s helpful to take a deep breath and focus on something positive.
Michael Conforto has been a bright spot in a sea of darkness. He smacked a leadoff homer last night. He went 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs. Without him this team looks a lot more like a lost cause right now.
Rally: In the 4th inning the Mets had a thing called a rally. It actually doesn’t have to involve home runs. It happens when your team has multiple hits in one inning and those hits lead to runs. Asdrubal Cabrera led off with a single, Jay Bruce doubled, Neil Walker hit an RBI single, Curtis Granderson walked, Jose Reyes added an RBI groundout, Travis d’Arnaud reached on an intentional walk, T.J. Rivera hit an RBI single, and Michael Conforto also added a two run single to make it 6-1.
Young Guys I Like Watching: T.J. Rivera deserves playing time. Terry needs to keep playing him as long as Lucas Duda is out and even find starts for him if Duda returns. The guy hits. I’d also like the team to call up Brandon Nimmo to play some center field. It’s not that I’ve lost faith in Curtis Granderson. The reality is we need to have a better idea of what to expect from Nimmo next year. We might as well watch him regularly now with Yoenis Cespedes out. He looked good for Team Italy during the World Baseball Classic and during his stint in the majors last year.
Gsellman’s Rotation Spot: Robert Gsellman didn’t look great last night giving up 5 runs over 5 innings. The Mets bullpen let two inherited runners score when Gsellman was yanked in the 6th with no out. Obviously his rotation spot is safe because the Mets have no other options #Analysis.
Reyes Is Hot: Jose Reyes is making frequent and hard contact at the moment. He went from ice cold to locked in at the plate. Hopefully he helps carry the load in this lineup.