There’s nothing like a three-run homer to change the complexion of a game, and that’s what Wilmer Flores just did for the Mets. Couldn’t feel happier for him. Had a chance to speak with him Opening Day. He’s quiet and unassuming, and struggling to make it despite the pressure.
He was ripped several times by his general manager over the winter; literally Sandy Alderson made him a butt of jokes on numerous occasions. Unfairly, of course, but that’s what Alderson does at times.
As with Gee, there are certain players I want to see do well and Flores is another.
Mets 3, Miami 3 (6th)
The Mets appear a little flat tonight, and that probably has a lot to do in that they’re not doing anything against the Marlins’ Jarred Cosart. Dillon Gee left one over the plate to Giancarlo Stanton and he crushed it.
He does that to a lot of people.
The Mets are going after their fifth straight win, something they haven’t done in almost two seasons.
By the way, Gee just retired the Marlins in the fifth inning, something he has done in a major-league high 48 straight starts.
Miami 3, Mets 0 (5th)
The Mets will be going after their fifth straight victory tonight against the Miami Marlins. Not once last season did the Mets win five in a row, and only three times did they win as many as four straight games. Their last five-game winning streak was May 26-30, 2013.
The Mets were 11-8 against the Marlins last season, including 6-3 at Citi Field.
Here is the Mets’ batting order tonight:
Curtis Granderson, RF
Travis d’Arnaud, C
Lucas Duda, 1B
Michael Cuddyer, LF
Daniel Murphy, 2B
Eric Campbell, 3B
Juan Lagares, CF
Wilmer Flores, SS
Dillon Gee, RHP
Gee is coming off a 5-3 loss in last Saturday’s 5-3 loss at Atlanta. He has worked at least five innings in his last six starts against Miami, going 3-1 with a 2.84 ERA.
ON DECK: Why I like Dillon Gee.
The following are the starting pitchers for the Mets-Miami series, starting tonight at Cit Field:
Tonight: RHP Dillon Gee (0-1, 9.00) vs. RHP Jarred Cosart (0-1, 1.50), 7:10 p.m. ET
Friday: RHP Bartolo Colon (2-0, 2.77) vs. RHP David Phelps (0-0, 36.00), 7:10 p.m. ET
Saturday: RHP Jacob deGrom (1-1, 1.46) vs. RHP Mat Latos (0-2, 17.36), 7:10 p.m. ET
Sunday: RHP Matt Harvey (2-0, 2.25) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (1-1, 3.18), 1:10 p.m. ET
Powered by home runs from Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud, the Mets completed a three-game sweep over Philadelphia with a 6-1 victory Wednesday night at Citi Field. The victory was the fourth straight for the Mets.
PITCHING: Jon Niese was in, but most importantly pitched out of trouble all night, scattering nine hits in 6.1 innings. Niese also walked two and struck out four. However, as has been the case early this season, the bullpen pitched well with Carlos Torres going .2 of an inning and Alex Torres two innings. Neither reliever gave up a hit.
HITTING: Duda and d’Arnaud each popped their first homer of the young season. … Duda has five RBI in the last two games. … Curtis Granderson who had averaged two walks a game, collected two hits. … Juan Lagares also had two hits. … D’Arnaud is off to a strong start, hitting .333 with eight RBI in nine games. He hit second tonight. … Duda is hitting .353. … Eric Campbell, playing in place of David Wright, singled in his first at-bat.
UP NEXT: Florida comes into Citi Field tomorrow for the start of a four-game series. Dillion Gee (0-1, 9.00 ERA) starts for the Mets. Jarred Cosart (0-1, 1.50) will start for the Marlins.