If the Mets return to the World Series, they’ll get there with their young starting pitching and the power that has become their offensive trademark. However, they’ll also need what they received in Saturday’s 6-4 victory at Miami; a representative start from Bartolo Colon and important contributions by their non-descript players; those off the bench, at the bottom of the order and newcomers.
CONFORTO: Breakout signs. (AP)
All came into play to support of Colon, who gave up two runs in five innings.
“We’ve said all along that we need guys to step up and pick each other up,’’ manager Terry Collins said.
With David Wright, Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud on the disabled list, and on a day when Yoenis Cespedes was a late scratch with a sore right hip and they didn’t homer, the Mets got:
* Three more hits from Wilmer Flores, Wright’s replacement at third. He has five hits over the last two games.
* Matt Reynolds, who collected his first career RBI with a pinch-hit single in the eighth for what proved to be the game-winning hit.
* James Loney, acquired to replace Duda, had three hits, including a double in the eighth, and scored the tying run on Michael Conforto’s single hit.
* Juan Lagares made a diving backhand catch to rob Ichiro Suzuki of two RBI to end the sixth.
* Alejandro De Aza hit a two-run double iced the game in the ninth.
* Another strong relief appearance from Addison Reed.
Although the Mets didn’t homer and stranded 14 runners, they did string together 15 hits and went 5-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
There will be more days like Friday when they ripped three homers – something they’ve done 11 times this year – there will be more when they don’t and will need what they received today.
METS GAME WRAP
June 4, 2016, @ Citi Field
Game: #54 Score: Mets 6, Marlins 4
Record: 31-23 Streak: W 2
Standings: Second, NL East, 1 game behind Washington. Playoffs: First WC, 1.5 games ahead of Pittsburgh.
Runs: 54 Average: 3.8 Times 3 or less: 26
SUMMARY: Reynolds, Loney and De Aza – the non-stars – backed Colon, who gave the Mets five innings despite not having his best start.
KEY MOMENT: Lagares’ diving catch – in which he bruised his left thumb – robbed Suzuki of two RBI and possibly stave off a potential big inning.
THUMBS UP: The struggling Conforto drove in two runs with a single and sacrifice fly. … Another strong inning from Reed, who has 12 holds. … Jim Henderson relieved Jerry Blevins to get out of the seventh. … Reynolds, Loney, Flores and De Aza combined for eight hits and four RBI. … Lagares’ defense.
THUMBS DOWN: Kevin Plawecki failed to touch the plate on a force play. … Jeurys Familia remains an adventure in the ninth. … Hansel Robles, quick pitch or not, gave up a run on a hit and two walks in two-thirds of an inning.
EXTRA INNINGS: Cespedes was scratched 30 minutes before the game with a sore right hip and is day-to-day. … Lagares bruised his left thumb on the catch and was unable to grip a bat. The DL is a possibility. … Jacob deGrom pinch-hit for Reed and popped out to end the ninth. The Mets had a three-run lead at the time. It begs the question of why risk an injury to a starting pitcher. Just let Reed hit.
QUOTEBOOK: “I bruised my finger a little. We’ll see how it feels [Sunday],’’ Lagares on his thumb injury.
BY THE NUMBERS: 13.1: Consecutive scoreless innings by Reed.
NEXT FOR METS: Matt Harvey (4-7) goes for the sweep Sunday against Marlins ace Jose Fernandez.
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