After their brutal loss on Opening night here in Philly, the Mets knew they would need some players to step up and get things moving in the right direction. And on night 2 the trio of Marcus Stroman, Dom Smith and Pete Alonso set the tone as those players led the way in a 8-4 win over the Phillies.
Stroman had his devastating stuff as he induced ground ball after ground ball going 6 innings only allowing one run and both the offense and defense pulled their share of the load as well getting home runs from both Dominic Smith and Pete Alonso. Smith crushed an opposite field 2 run shot the get the Mets going and Pere Alonso put one in the seats in the ninth inning to put an exclamation point on the evening.
“Pete looks great at the plate”, said Met Manager Luis Rojas, “as he is waiting on pitches he can drive by hitting it where it is pitched. He is drawing walks when pitchers do not give in and using the whole field which is great to see.” And Alonso was so glad to see Dom Smith catalyze the offense. “It was great to see him launch one”, said Alonso, “as he is a great player that brings it to the park every day.”
The Met slugger is correct but you wonder how Dom felt not to see his name on the Opening Dat lineup card after playing so well in spring training but I am sure he used it as motivation coming into tonight’s game. Another great sign tonight was seeing Trevor May go right back on the horse and pitch well in the 8th inning after his disaster of a performance on opening night. “He is going help us win a bunch of games that’s for sure and he showed that tonight”, said Rojas after the game.
The Mets play a late afternoon contest here in Philly tomorrow in the rubber game of this 3 game set before heading home to Queens to play the Home Opener on Thursday. Phils Ace Aaron Nola will oppose Mets southpaw David Peterson as the Mets hope to take the series.
After tonight’s game Luis Rojas announced the game ball is going to Mets owner Steve Cohen who earned his first win as Met owner. And if last night is any indication more will come on the bats of Dom Smith & Pete Alonso as well as the right arm of Marcus Stroman whom I firmly believe will become a solid #2 starter behind Jacob deGrom. On the nights after the Mets win behind deGrom a nice winning streak could start with Stroman on the hill. And in the event the Mets lose on deGrom night he will very seriously take acceptance of the roe as Ace #2. We saw it last night and it is my firm relief that that duo could become the best 1-2 punch in baseball helping to evolve this Met staff into a deep talent laden group of hurlers.
Met fans got a great glimpse of that as coupled with power bats and solid defense Stroman could become an absolute win machine for Luis Rojas and the Mets. And that will be interesting to watch and see. The sneak preview tonight in Philly was enlightening and made the TV in Met fans living rooms shine like a rising star.