Mets Come From Six Runs Down to Defeat Marlins, 8-7

Published on: 6th May, 2017

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The Mets, struggling for the second consecutive season with catastrophic injuries to their key players, are trying to figure out how to piece together a pitching staff and a lineup that has a chance to compete every night. Tonight, against the Miami Marlins, when all looked lost for the hometown boys at a rainy, dreary Citi Field, they staged a late-game comeback from a 7-1 deficit to beat the Marlins, 8-7.

With only 25,618 paying customers in the stands for a Friday matchup with a division rival, the Mets were able to turn the somewhat wet, bored, quiet, and sparse crowd into wild celebrants at games’ end with a five-run seventh inning.

The key players tonight were not names you are used to reading about or seeing in a Mets highlight reel.

T.J. Rivera, the kid who only hit .340 every year in the minors but couldn’t get a cup of coffee in the major leagues until last year, when he turned 27, led the way with a career-high three RBIs, including a solo home run in the first inning and, a two-run double in that faithful seventh inning to tie the game.

In his last seven games, Rivera is batting .407 (11-27) with six runs scored, five doubles, one home run and four RBI. Something tells me the now 28-year old utility man, who played first base tonight, is not heading back to the minor leagues anytime soon. Or, ever.

The humble Rivera is just happy to be here.

“It’s a great feeling to know that you came through in a situation that the team needs you,” Rivera said. “So I let a couple of emotions out a little bit.”

The Mets, in dire straits so early in this 2017 season because of the Washington Nationals’ fast start and injuries to their two best players, Noah Syndergaard (lat muscle tear) and Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) have fallen behind the Nats by 6 1/2 games, already. Additional injuries to 10 other players have not helped.

David Wright (60 day disabled list, back, shoulder, and age), Lucas Duda, who’s missed 15 of the Mets 28 games (hyperextended elbow and bad hips), starting pitchers Stephen Matz (elbow) and Seth Lugo (torn ulnar ligament in elbow), Brandon Nimmo (hamstring), shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera playing most of the season on aging knees, Neal Walker trying to come back from back surgery, Juan LaGares (oblique strain), Wilmer Flores, and now, Travis D’Arnaud (added to the disabled list today – what else is knew?) has left Mets manager Terry Collins juggling his lineup every day.

But, for reasons Collins really couldn’t explain, the Mets have actually picked up their offense since big run-producers, Cespedes and Duda went down, scoring at least five runs in each of their last eight games. Additionally, the Mets have scored at least seven runs in each of their last four games. The four-game streak with seven or more runs is their longest since September 22-25, 2016.

Syndergaard is out with a torn lat muscle

 

“I think it’s a huge lift,” Mets manager Terry Collins said . “We’ve been through this the last couple years. You’ve got to be resilient. You’ve just got to play nine innings and go up and put good at-bats on. Brad Ziegler (Marlins reliever) is as tough as there is to face and they just put good at-bats on, didn’t try to do too much, worked the middle of the field as you saw. Very, very impressed by the way they went about things.”

New York opened the seventh with six straight hits off the normally reliable Ziegler (1-2), who did not retire a batter. The side-arming right-hander had a 1.35 ERA when he was summoned to protect a four-run lead in the seventh.

Collins sometimes looks befuddled but he’s juggling an injured roster

 

“It’s one of those that doesn’t feel good when you have a lead and you kind of get your right guys in there and yeah, it doesn’t go your way at the end,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said.

Notes: New York has won five of its last seven games and snapped its six-game home losing streak with tonight’s win…Tonight’s win at home is the Mets’ first since defeating Philadelphia 5-4 on April 19…New York is now 5-10 at home in 2017.

 

 

 

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