The Mets took advantage of the Diamondbacks weak pitching and poor defense to cruise to a refreshing 7-3 win on Monday night at Chase Field.
On the positive side:
Zack Wheeler improved greatly from his last start, surrendering only two runs, six hits, striking out three and even picking off Chris Ownings in the 3rd! Although he walked three batters and was less consistent than we know him to be, his pitches looked a lot more in command than his previous start, particularly his breaking and offspeed pitches. As the game went on, he began to find a great rhythm and his velocity did not dip, which is a very positive thing to see. Carlos Torres also continues his stretch of dominance, coming in to relieve Wheeler in the 7th and only giving up one run on three hits in 2.2 innings of relief.
Lucas Duda (.306) undoubtedly had the best night of anyone, going 4-for-5 with four hard hit singles and two RBIs.
Of course, we give credit to Daniel Murphy for performing a fantastic juke move to avoid the tag at the plate to score from second on a Duda single. In addition, Eric Young (.217) continues his on-base frenzy, reaching base three times, stealing a bag and scoring two runs.
On the negative side:
Curtis Granderson took a painful hit to the wrist as he slammed into the fence on a put-out attempt in the first inning. Although he initially had the catch, the ball popped out of his glove and the D’Backs scored their first run. Granderson temporarily stayed in the game, recording a much needed hit in the 5th for an RBI. However, Andrew Brown came in for him in the 6th, as Granderson was diagnosed with a bruised forearm, rib cage and knee. On the topic of injuries, Juan Lagares also came out in the 7th inning with a pulled hamstring.
*** There are no further updates in regards to the severity of the injuries and the possibility of DL stints, but x-rays on Grandy were negative.
There are many good things to take away from this game: there were many positive signs on the offensive side and improvement in the pitching department. Unfortunately, the potential game changing injuries to Granderson and Lagares put a huge damper on an otherwise nice win. The question is: will the Mets ever reach .500? They are 6-7 now so stay tuned and find out!