The Mets offense raked on Sunday afternoon, garnering 17 hits as they trounced the Miami Marlins by the score of 11-5. Daniel Murphy paced the offense with his 6th home run of the year, driving in three runs, while Curtis Granderson and Lucas Duda each provided three hits of their own. Jon Niese was the victim of some shoddy defense, allowing three runs, but was supported well enough to earn his 4th win of the season.
It was a rough outing for Marlin's rookie pitcher Anthony DeSclafani. The New Jersey native left his 92 mph fastball over the plate far too much, resulting in 7 runs and 7 hits in just 3.2 innings pitched. Anthony Recker opened the scoring with a sac fly and Niese tacked another run on with a perfectly executed suicide squeeze play in the top of the 2nd inning. The Mets would go on to score 2 and 3 runs respectively over the 3rd and 4th frames, punctuated by Murph’s 3-run blast.
At 7-0 the game seemed well in hand until the bottom of the 6th when the Marlins batted around, thanks in part to a misread fly ball by Curtis Granderson. Niese threw 30 pitches in the inning, and watched three Marlins cross the plate. Despite the rough patch, Niese was able to extend his streak of games without allowing more than 3 earned runs to 19. It is the longest such streak by a Met since Dwight Gooden in 1985.
The Mets responded with a 4 run inning of their own, featuring RBI hits by Tejada, Recker and Eric Young Jr. Though the Marlins would tack on two more runs in the 9th inning, the game was already out of reach at that point.
In the three contests leading up to yesterday’s game, the Marlins and Mets had combined for a total of 10 runs in the series. The Mets offensive explosion achieved that number in just seven innings on Sunday afternoon. With the lineup card featuring Niese batting eighth, the pitcher’s spot went hitless. However, every other number 1-9 collected at least 2 hits, in what was arguably the team’s strongest all around offensive performance of the season.
This marks the 4th occasion in 2014 that the Mets have scored in double digits. They drove in 12 against the Yankees on May 13th, 11 vs. the Phillies on June 2nd and 10 vs. the Rockies in a loss on May 3rd.
After a dreadful start to the month of June in which he batted well down on the interstate, David Wright has begun his long expected resurgence. Over his last 7 games, Wright is hitting .444 with 2 homers and has now driven in a run in 6 consecutive games. The last time the Captain accomplished that feat was way back in September of 2010.
Despite a misplay in RF, Curtis Granderson continues to earn the $60M that Sandy Alderson gave him in the offseason. Granderson reached base 5 more times on Sunday, bringing his OBP up to .358 on the season. After one of the worst months of his entire career in April, Curtis has bounced back magnificently. Since May 1st, Granderson is batting .287 with 8 home runs and 25 RBIs. In the month of June his average is .344 with an OPS of 1.026. His 47 walks rank 5th in the MLB.
With Juan Lagares and Travis d’Arnaud likely returning to the team at some point this week, things seem to be looking up for the Mets who had been mired in one of their worst funks of the season. With the MLB’s best team, the Oakland A’s, headed to Citi Field for a two game set, the Mets will need all hands on deck if they hope to sustain the progress they achieved in Miami by taking 3 of 4 and crawling out of the NL East basement.
After a day off on Monday, the Mets and A’s will take the field on Tuesday night at 7:10 PM ET. Bartolo Colon (7-5, 3.88 ERA) will face his former team and Scott Kazmir (9-2, 2.08 ERA) will make his first career start in Queens against his original organization.