See, it can be done. The Mets rapped out 20 hits in a 16-5 rout of the Atlanta Braves tonight without the benefit of a home run.
REYES: Big night. (AP)
Even before they broke open the game with a seven-run eighth, the Mets had this one well in hand, as they went 12 for 20 with runners in scoring position. It might not take until the Braves open up another new stadium before we could see that again.
“We feel like we have a good offensive team,” manager Terry Collins said. “We’re seeing better at-bats and we’re getting better swings.”
The Mets got three hits each from Michael Conforto, Rene Rivera and T.J. Rivera, but one bat that particularly shined was Jose Reyes, who tied a career high with five RBI.
“It is good to see,” Reyes said of the Mets’ resurgent offense. “For the last week we’ve been on fire.”
While a lot of good things happened with the bats tonight, perhaps the most encouraging breakout sign was Curtis Granderson, who hit two doubles and scored three times. Granderson entered the game on a 1-for-33 slide.
The Mets got three hits from Michael Conforto, Rene Rivera and T.J. Rivera, and two hits each from Granderson, Conforto, Reyes, Neil Walker and Jacob deGrom.
The Mets got two doubles each from Conforto, Granderson and T.J. Rivera, and one each from Reyes, Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera.
SECOND OPINION FOR SYNDERGAARD: In the midst of several published reports that have Noah Syndergaard missing up to three months with a partially torn right lat muscle, the 24-year-old Mets pitcher will be in Los Angeles tomorrow to get a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
After Syndergaard complained of discomfort and soreness in his right shoulder and biceps, he had starts pushed back last week first Wednesday and then Thursday.
Syndergaard subsequently refused an MRI, gave up five runs in the first inning of Sunday’s start at Washington, and was injured in the second inning.
JUGGLING THE PEN: Sometimes managers, and I include Collins in this, are married to the accepted norms.
However, with Braves’ right-handed hitting outfielder Matt Kemp leading off the seventh, Collins went with setup reliever Addison Reed to start the inning.
Reed also struck out lefty slugger Nick Markakis and retired Tyler Flowers, but was animated in the dugout after the inning, as if surprised by the move.
“I told him, `I know you’re the eighth-inning guy. But this is the eighth inning for me tonight,’ ” Collins told Reed.
EXTRA INNINGS: Wilmer Flores was activated from the disabled list and appeared as a pinch-hitter in the seventh. Flores is expected to start Thursday. … Travis d’Arnaud‘s bruised hand kept him out. … Collins said Granderson and Walker might rest tomorrow.
UP NEXT: The series wraps up Thursday evening with Zack Wheeler (1-2, 4.78) returning to his home area against lefty Jaime Garcia (1-1, 3.99). … Rafael Montero is still on to start in place of Syndergaard Friday.