In these injury laden times the Mets must get great pitching and timely hitting and they received both in the opener of their doubleheader versus the Rockies at Citi. On this day, it was Marcus Stroman tossing 6 shutout innings followed by another dominant Edwin Diaz frame as the Mets took a 1-0 decision in the opener of their twin bill.
Stroman has been ace-like all season long and today was no different as he gave up only 3 harmless hits before handing the ball to Edwin Diaz who by the way has been perfect in his save chances this year not allowing a single run in these chances this year.
And when your offense is decimated by injuries and struggling to score, it helps to get a long ball from one of your backup players and Mets got that with a solo Jose Peraza homer that plated the only run of the game. And Luis Rojas to so proud of what his team has accomplished in these trying times when he said, “I simply can not be more proud of my team because every player prepares so well and has given us so much each and every day.”
And with the recent news that both Carlos Carrasco and Noah Syndergaard will at the very least be delayed in their rehab efforts, Marcus Stroman becomes a key component in the rotation and fits in real nicely behind Jacob deGrom for a great 1-2 punch which has put the Mets in the top spot in the NL East. And both field their position in a Gold Glove caliber fashion as we saw tooday with Stroman making a handful of impressive defensive plays.
What I like about this team is that they have almost become numb to all the injury news. They just go out there with the healthy players and compete at a high level. And more times than not, they outplay teams because their pitchers put zeroes up on the board allowing a challenged offense every chance to win the game.
Baseball is a sport where losing teams often give excuse after excuse why they fail to win and injuries would be a reasonable excuse for this team. But the Mets will have none of that. They live day to day and keep finding new and exciting ways to win games.
It is a recurring theme in this 2021 Met season.