Mickey Callaway could not have envisioned a better start to his managerial career when he was hired by the New York Mets. All of the great starting pitchers that have consistently struggled with their health appear ready to have monster seasons. Callaway has also made the right call when required to make a tough decision, which is something most new managers have trouble doing. The great pitching and excellent managerial skills have put the Mets on top of the NL East division. They looked to extended their winning streak to seven games when they took the field against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, April 11.
The Mets really liked their chances of getting another win on Tuesday. They had Jacob deGrom pitching against a Marlins team that does not have a lot of offensive firepower. The chances of winning looked even greater after New York grabbed an early lead for their starter. Wilmer Flores drove in a run with a double in the first inning. An Asdrubal Cabrera solo home run in the fourth inning and a RBI single by Michael Conforto in the fifth inning gave the Mets a 3-0 lead.
Jacob deGrom cruised through the first four innings, but he ran into a lot of trouble in the fifth. A long rally by the Marlins was capped off with a home run by Justin Bour. Miami scored four runs in the inning to take the lead for the first time in the series. Bour hit another home run in the seventh inning to give his team a two-run lead, but the Mets were able to quickly mount a comeback.
Hard-throwing reliever Kyle Barraclough entered the game for Miami in the eighth inning. He was tasked with shutting down the heart of the New York order, but struggled for the first time this season. Wilmer Flores and Asdrubal Cabrera both hit solo home runs off of Barraclough to tie the game. Yoenis Cespedes drove in two runs in the ninth inning with a double, which let the Mets get the 8-6 win over the Marlins.
The Mets have now won nine of their first 10 games, which gives them the best record in the MLB. They will look to sweep the three-game series against Miami and get their eighth consecutive win on Wednesday, April 11. Zack Wheeler will take the mound for the first time this season for New York.