Megill has a strong game and Alonso homers twice, Rich Coutinho, The New York Extra/TheNYExtra.com
Tylor Megill has been a great story this year. The Mets suffering with starting pitching trips to the injured list, have gotten a bunch of quality starts from him facing high octane offenses like the Braves and Reds. And on this night he shutout the Jays–another quality offensive team- for six innings and combined with three Met relievers on a 3 hit shutout.
And this all happened on a day the Mets traded for another starting pitcher–southpaw Rich Hill- which could really make this group even stronger than they are right now. For Megill, he has started six games for Luis Rojas and has a 2.10 ERA giving the Mets distance and quality in the games he is on the hill,
But this was also Pete Alonso’s night as he crushed 2 home runs and unveiled a new Met mascot yet to be named–a stuffed horse that debuted in the Met dugout tonight after Alonso’s second homer of the night. Alonso has hit 4 homers since the All star break and looks comfortable at the plate fouling off tough pitches and waiting for the pitch he desires to launch into orbit allowing a horse trot in the Met dugout.
This was the second straight game the Mets shutout an opponent as Marcus Stroman and Jeurys Familia combined for a shutout on Wednesday in Cincy and Megill combined with Edwin Diaz, Trevor May and Seth Lugo to do the same at Citi tonight. But it would not be an overstatement at all to give Tylor Megill all the credit for this game and he has given the Mets such a lift with six solid starts with the team spending the past few weeks really not knowing who would start games on the mound for them on a day to day basis. The Mets defense was also afctor tonight as #30 Mike Conforto make a fantastic cat in the 6th inning.
And when you consider Rich Hill is on his way here coupled with the expected return of Carlos Carrasco and Jacob deGrom the depth of this staff might be returning in the next few days and that might be bolstered even more when Noah Syndergaard returns in September. In the meantime, Luis Rojas should be real proud of how he has more than held down the fort. The Mets remain in the NL East penthouse as they lead the Phils by 5 in the loss column lead the Braves by 6 in that column and the Nats by 8 in that all important number.
And this team has done that with performances like they received from Tylor Megill tonight while waiting for injured players to return. We have seen that on the offensive side all year as now that most of their hitting stars have returned this offensive has been percolating in the past 2 weeks. It speaks to how well the Met minor league develops players and at the same time how manager Luis Rojas utilizes his roster each and every day.
It also provides us a sharp contrast how that team in the Bronx does not seem to do those 2 things well and that is why the Mets own New York right now. I know they are not concerned with any of that as their goals are much higher than that. But it must be said–Sandy Alderson’s baseball knowledge coupled with the execution of Luis Rojas in managing this team day to day is a great combination. Perhaps the best combination in the sport right now.