Miami – Sometimes in baseball, you get a tense, back-and-forth game full of lead changes that make each pitch feel like the game’s most important.
Then sometimes, like the Mets and Marlins did on Saturday night in Miami in two hours and 34 minutes, you get a game where both teams feel like they have plans for the latter. The Mets’ 4-0 win over their sinking NL East Pulse was close in the final two frames, but never felt dramatic. Jeff McNeil’s third-innings home run—who came out of eighth place in July as the All-Star’s .183 batting average, moved him down the order—matched single shots from Francisco Lindor and JD Davis in eighth. Got strength. Kept in blue and orange to keep anyone from breaking out in a nervous sweat.
They were also the game’s only offensive highlights, unless you count Marlins rookie Charles LeBlanc to record his first MLB hit and then be immediately moved to second by catcher Tomas Nido.
A pitcher’s duel certainly doesn’t lack for intrigue, but the Marlins looking like they’ve got their hitters in the parking lot never give the impression they’re in the game. Carlos Carrasco fractured his bat for 7.2 innings, needing just 93 pitches to give the Mets their 63rd win of the season, leaving only the Dodgers behind in the National League overall standings. On a personal level, a dazzling day at the office also resulted in Carrasco’s 100th career MLB win.
“It means a lot,” Carrasco reflected. “I’ve been doing this for a long time. Getting 100 wins means a lot, and even more so, doing it right here with this particular group. I couldn’t have done it without them.”
Facing an inexperienced group that included three rookies (one, LeBlanc, who made his Major League debut), Carrasco used his sliders and shifts to uncover a young and shallow lineup. As best as they might, Fish only combined four hits from a Venezuelan vet, who scored seven strikeouts and eight ground ball outs, the least dangerous result a pitcher could hope for.
“I was able to control,” Carrasco said. “I just threw the best pitch I could. That’s what we had in Scouting Report, and so we won today.
The slider and changeup gave Carrasco ten blows on the 22 swings he generated. While he was on the mound, Miami had only one plate appearance with the runner in the scoring position, which came in the first inning. As the Mets are trying to figure out what to do with their bullpen in anticipation of the trade deadline and Trevor May’s impending return from a hand injury, Carrasco mostly gives him a night off.
Buck Showalter said, “I’m so happy that he’s been able to stay healthy, pitch well this year, and remind everyone what a good pitcher he’s been for a long time.” “I think everyone works very hard for that.”
When Carrasco left for Seth Lugo, fans behind the Mets’ dugout at Loandepot Park gave him a standing ovation. Even Marlins’ shortstop Miguel Rojas, a fellow Venezuelan who was making his way to the on-deck circle, couldn’t help tipping his hat. The list of key figures who have made their mark on this Mets season is overwhelming, this is how a team wins so many games, and Carrasco is right up there with his more famous teammates.
For Lindor, who displayed some phenomenal firepower on RBI singles even in the third innings, Homer was undoubtedly the dagger. Awakening the Mets faction of the sparse crowd, his ball careened into and out of the upper deck, falling back on the field as a kind of reminder that the Marlins still had more baseball to play.
“If we go 2-0 in the ninth inning, I think Edwin” [Diaz] Will have to come in,” Lindor said of the add-on runs he and Davis supplied. “So we probably can’t use that tomorrow. So, those couples finally run to help. We got sugar yesterday. ,
Davis’ big fly hit even harder and he traveled farther. Pinch-hitting for Daniel Vogelbach to counter the Marlins’ lefty fetch, Davis shows why he can still, at times, bring little value as a southpaw killer. Richard Blair’s sinker on the knees got a 444-foot plane ride across the artificial plants just beyond the center field wall. Davis knew this too. His last home run was on July 7, and the often disgraced hitter made sure to take a good look at it.
Sunday means the Marlins have a chance to sweep. Monday is Max Scherzer Day, and on Tuesday, everyone hopes Jacob deGrom will grace a big league mound for the first time in more than a year. This isn’t a bad time to be the New York Met.
“It’s hard to put into words,” said McNeil, who playful silent treatment A home run in the dugout helped him emerge from the fallout period. “I love this team and my teammates give me a bunch of support.”