The Mets came to the Bronx this weekend with critics questioning their offense and it seems all they needed was a couple of games versus the Yankees as they have now plated 18 runs in 2 games as the beat the Bronx Bombers 10-5 in the first game of a twin bill.
These last games proved to me these teams teams are a study in contrast as The Mets NEVER quit while the Yankees seem to ALWAYS quit. And we saw that on a day in which their ace Gerrit Cole surrendered 4 runs in just 3.1 innings of work as Dom Smith homered in the first inning and they also got RBI hits from Brandon Nimmo, Francisco Lindor and Tomas Nido.
But The Yankees took a 5-4 lead on a wild pitch from Marcus Stroman setting up a save situation for the Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman who has been anything but a closer of late. And the first batter in that inning, Pete Alonso pinned a blown save on the Yankee southpaw with a solo homer tying the fame at 5. But the Mets did not stop there as batter after batter had solid at bats against Chapman forcing Aaron Boone to go to another pitcher, Lucas Luetege who was greeted with a Kevin Pillar pinch hit single that loaded the bases.
After James McCann struck out Jose Peraza stepped to the plate as a pinch hitter and Jose Peraza gave the Mets a Jeffrey Maier moment that they could own. He hit a rocket down the left field line and a fan reached over the left field wall to interfere with the play. The umps PROPERLY ruled it a double as Yankee outfielder Tim LoCastro was not going to catch the ball which gave the Mets the lead for good in this one.
But the Mets was far from done as Brandon Nimmo drove in 2 with a line single and Francisco Lindor plated the 6th run of the inning with an RBI single of his own. The loss was the Yankees 7th loss in their last 8 games putting them at the 500 mark for the first tine since May 7. For the Mets they moved to 43-36 holding a 4 game lead in the NL East pending the outcome of tonight’s second game.
But as I have told you all season, this is a special group of Met players that use the survive and advance mentality every single day led by the direction of a man I feel is the best manager in the league, Luis Rojas. And no matter what happens in this second game, make no mistake–The Mets own this town as the entire baseball world has witnessed a team that NEVER quits from Queens taking on a team from the Bronx that has nowhere near the resolve and focus that is possessed by this Met team.
And as baseball announced the All Star selections only Jacob deGrom got an invite which is an absolute disgrace. But do not worry Met fans. This will only fuel the fire inside the Met clubhouse that is constructing before our eyes a magical season you will never forget.