For the past few weeks you could see a game like today in the future of Francisco Lindor as he has been pounding the ball. And come into this contest, the Mets were in search of some offense which the Met shortstop provided in a big way as the Mets beat the Nats 5-1 in an opener of a twin bill here in DC.
In Lindor’s first 3 at bats he drove in all 5 Met runs with a RBI single sandwiched between a pair of two-runs homers-one hit to the deepest part of Nationals Park in left center and the other one he pulled into the right field seats. When he uses the whole field as he has been doing in the past 2 or 3 weeks, Lindor becomes an imposing threat at the plate as Nats starter Joe Ross could see.
But this was a game that also illustrated how deep this Met rotation could be as David Peterson gave up 2 hits and one run before the bullpen combo of Aaron Loup, Miquel Castro, Seth Lugo and Trevor May closed the door on this game. In Peterson’s last 2 starts, he has reminded us all of the type of pitcher he was a year ago as he has thrown a combined 10.2 innings in which he has given up only one run but more importantly, his entire aresenal of pitches seems to be in the command that it was a year ago.
This concept of 7 inning doubleheaders really suits the Mets just fine as their pitching is deep and talented and when you combine that with a few early inning runs from the offense it really puts their opponents in harms way real quickly. And if Joey Lucchesi and David Peterson continue to throw solid innings the back end of this rotation can really fit in nicely after the trio of Jacob deGrom, Taijuan Walker, and Marcus Stroman.