Met fans must feel like each day following this team is like Ground Hog Day where the day starts with injury news and the day ends with a dramatic win fueled by unlikely heroes. And yesterday fit into that script perfectly.
The day started with news that the Mets now have an incredible total of 16 players on the injured list as Pete Alonso and Tommy Hunter were put on the injured list. Tommy Hunter has back issues while Alonso has a right hand strain he incurred when he was hit by a pitch in St Louis which he has been struggling with for the past few weeks.
As for the dramatic win a Hollywood script writer could not have written a more appropriate ending. Both Jake Hager and Khalil Lee recorded their first major league hit in a 3 run 12th inning that propelled the Mets to 6-5 win. It was the longest game innings-wise the club had played in since 2019 and had so many twists and turns.
Lee said, “This is about the best scenario you could draw up coming in a big situation with the team counting on me to pull through with all the lights shining.”
Luis Rojas echoed those sentiments when he said, “This is what we have right now. Their confidence is high and these guys are like veterans. They came up and and got up to speed with the rest of the guys on the way we’ve been playing.”
The other theme is this game was that the Met bullpen wiggled out of jam after jam to keep extending the game. Trevor May, Jeurys Familia, Edwin Diaz and Drew Smith left a combined 10 Marlins on base retiring the side in the innings they pitched as of course most of them started their frame with the extra inning runner on second base. In the final frame Aaron Loup got into trouble surrendering 2 runs but Jacob Barnes came in to rescue the Mets getting Adam Duvall to fly out earning his first save of the season.
Both teams emptied their entire bullpens last night so it could make next 2 games in this series real interesting. The Mets could turn to Jordan Yammamoto to start one of the games and who knows–the way things are going-he could be the next Met hero. And these unlikely protagonists in the Mets 2021 season script have come from all areas of the 40 man roster which is a big reason they now own a two and a half game lead in the NL East sitting in the penthouse of the division.