Met fans enjoyed themselves at Yankee Stadium as their offense got an early wake up call beating the Yankees 8-3 in a game that illustrated how much this Met team has improved in a season with all of the moves they made in the off-season.
First of all, Taijuan Walker continued his great season with taking a no hit bid into the sixth inning giving the team 5.2 innings of 2 run ball lowering his ERA to 2.44 making him an obvious choice to make the All Star team along with fellow Met hurlers Marcus Stroman, Jacob deGrom and Edwin Diaz. All four seem like no-brainer choices for the Mid-Summer Classic. Luis Rojas put it best when he said, “He’s been outstanding. He is like another ace for us.”
Outstanding is a word you could also use to describe the Met offense as Brandon Nimmo returned to the lineup getting 3 hits while Dominic Smith chipped in with a 3 RBI performance. The top three in the Met lineup–Nimmo, Lindor and Dom Smith–went a combined 8 for 13 with 6 runs scored and 4 RBI. But Walker was the top story on this day with the Mets having now won 12 of the 15 games he has started this year as he notched his 7th win of the year. So is he looking forward to getting an All Star call?
Walker said, “I’m anxious to find out but right now it is out of my hands. I’m just going out there helping the team to try and win games and whatever happens, happens.”
The win puts the Mets at 42-36 as they remain in that top spot in the NL East while the Yankees have now lost 6 of their last 7 falling to a 41-40 record putting them 10 games back in the AL East. And after the game the Yanks sounded like a desperate team whose season is sinking fast. Luke Voit said, “We’re not playing good at all right now and we got to figure out a way to scrape out two wins tomorrow.”
That could be a tough chore against a Met team that continues to get good pitching and this game could have finally woken up their missing in action offense. Marcus Stroman will tangle with Gerrit Cole in the opener while Nestor Cortes takes on a highly likely Met bullpen game in the nightcap. In these 7 inning games, the offense getting out there early for each team becomes a key component. The Mets offense seems ready for that while the Bronx Bombers are not exactly pounding the ball as that nickname might suggest.