The New York Mets have high hopes for the 2018 MLB season. They entered last year as World Series contenders, but everything was derailed by devastating injuries. With the great starting rotation finally fully healthy, the Mets are ready to compete for a playoff spot in the National League. Hanging with the Washington Nationals may be tough, but New York certainly has the talent to grab one of the league’s two wild card spots. The Mets played their second game of the season earlier today after getting a day off following their win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the season opener.
The offense was the biggest question mark for the Mets entering the season. A nine-run offensive explosion on Thursday was shocking, but the team continued their hot hitting this afternoon. New York grabbed an early lead when Todd Frazier drove in two runs with a double off of Michael Wacha in the bottom of the first inning.
Getting an early lead is always important in baseball, but it is even more beneficial when you have Jacob DeGrom on the mound. DeGrom breezed through the opposing lineup in his first three innings. St. Louis finally mounted some offense in the fourth inning. A Tommy Pham walk and Jose Martinez single broke up DeGrom’s shutout. Travis D’Arnaud quickly got the run back for his starting pitcher when he led off the bottom of the fourth with a home run. A Yoenis Cespedes solo home run gave the Mets a three-run lead after five innings.
Jacob DeGrom was lifted in the sixth inning, but Robert Gsellman continued the dominant pitching performance. The Mets extended their lead in the seventh inning when Todd Frazier drove in Asdrubal Cabrera with a sacrifice fly. St. Louis reduced their deficit to three runs with a Matt Carpenter solo home run in the eight inning off of Anthony Swarzak. The Mets once again got the run right back the next time they went to bat. Asdrubal Cabrera’s double against Tyler Lyons scored Juan Lagares to give the Mets a 6-2 lead. A shutdown ninth inning by Jeurys Familia sealed the victory for New York.
New York will go for the sweep against St. Louis on Easter Sunday. Steven Matz will look to give the Mets another shutdown performance from their starting pitcher when he takes the mound tomorrow. His counterpart will be Luke Weaver of the Cardinals.