Here’s tonight’s lineup for the Mets at Philadelphia:
A great job by Bartolo Colon in the top of the fourth when after back-to-back singles by Adam Jones and Chris Davis, he got the next three hitters. Colon keeps showing why the Mets were fortunate not to trade him.
Then, in the bottom of the inning against Bud Norris, the Mets scored for the first time after 21 innings when Lucas Duda doubled and Daniel Murphy singled. Wilmer Flores and Kevin Plawecki then followed with back-to-back doubles.
Mets 3, Orioles 0 (5th)
Wilmer Flores is in tonight’s lineup. I was thinking the Mets might be up to something, because, after all, they have made announcements before and backed off them.
Mets 0, Orioles 0 (2nd)
Bartolo Colon seems to have corrected what bothered him in the first and is keeping the ball down. He pitched around the muff by Wilmer Flores, who clearly tried to rush the play on Ichiro Suzuki’s grounder.
Thanks to a RBI hit from Lucas Duda, he has tamed the Marlins.
By the way, Curtis Granderson is heating up and doing more than drawing walks.
Mets 3, Marlins 2 (6th)
Matt Harvey was exceptional today – addressing any doubts about his sprained left ankle and last Sunday’s reported bout with strep throat – and backed by the offense that posted season highs in runs and hits (12) routed the Yankees, 8-2.
He also didn’t erase any thoughts he’s the one who really calls the shots.
The Mets broke the game open with a four-run fourth on Juan Lagares‘ RBI triple – one of his four hits – Wilmer Flores‘ run-scoring single and Plawecki’s two-run homer off C.C. Sabathia. Plawecki also added a RBI single.
The story, of course, as it usually is was Harvey, who inexplicably came out for the ninth, arguably three innings longer than he should have been, that is, if we are to take Mets management at its word. Coming off Tommy John surgery, GM Sandy Alderson and manager Terry Collins, said they would closely monitor Harvey’s innings workload, but never produced a definitive plan for him coming out of spring training.
Both said Harvey would be curtailed, especially in blowout games, and for his second straight start gave him a 7-1 lead. Last Sunday, when Harvey pitched with the bad throat, he insisted on starting. In addition, he could have been pulled after the fifth, but went into the seventh.
Today was more of the same, but Collins finally pulled Harvey after a hit and walk in the ninth. Harvey’s facial expressions, which included shaking his head as he walked into the dugout indicated he was clearly upset with his manager’s decision.
Also, as he was in the hand shake line, he shook Collins’ hand, but quickly walked past him.