Game Recap: Mets 6 – Rangers 5

Result: The Mets beat the Rangers, 6-5, on Friday to take the first game of the series.


MLB: Texas Rangers at New York Mets


Need to Know: Jonathon Niese served up a home run to the first batter he faced but was removed a couple of hitters later after taking a line drive to the back. Carlos Torres came on in relief to allow two runs over 4 2/3 innings. Torres exited with the lead before Jeurys Familia gave up a run in the seventh to even the score. Travis d’Arnaud hit a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth to put the Mets ahead, 6-4. Texas would score once more in the ninth but it wasn’t enough, as the Mets held on. Lucas Duda homered in the first inning, giving him 13 home runs on the year.


Game Ball: d’Arnaud’s big hit in the eighth inning snapped the club’s four-game losing streak.


Links: RecapBox score


What’s Next: The Mets and Rangers meet again Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. Bartolo Colon (8-6, 3.88 ERA) starts for the Mets opposite Texas’ Colby Lewis (5-5, 5.71).




80 comments
rodd
rodd

HEY COLLINS PUT CAMBELL IN LEFT FIELD EVERY DAY  FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON! 

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

that might have been the most fun game of the year ... and I only was listening to it ... even the after show highlights!

mrmet4mvp
mrmet4mvp

Sure a lot of negativity here.  For once, might we try to appreciate a good thing when it happens and just enjoy a solid win from our team?  I was at the game last night, and after Niese gave up the leadoff homer and then got removed from the game I was expecting a nightmare, but it turned out to be a fun win!


The bullpen was AMAZING in this game.  Huge props to Torres for providing what basically amounted to a start for the team with no notice, and only allowing two runs.  Clutch performance in a pressure-filled situation.  Familia and Mejia did well too.  And Terry didn't overmanage for once!  I expected to see him burn 8 relievers in the game but he showed wise restraint and didn't key in on lefty-righty matchups and the things he usually succumbs to.


The Mets played well when it mattered last night.  They got some key hits in big situations and played overall solid defense (especially for a lineup missing Lagares and Wright).


PLUS Niese isn't hurt (it was the right move to take him out), so we dodged a possible bullet there.


On top of all that, the fireworks show was great!  Just a fine night of baseball.  Can we appreciate this one for a little while before we start pointing out all of the problems again?


C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

Missed the game last night, but saw the highlights....looks like the type of win where everything comes together (sans the early night for Niese).  Good relief pitching, timely hitting, clutch hitting, and enough defense.  I think d'Arnaud going the other way for a game winning RBI double is going to pay many future dividends...the kid can hit.  And now that he has his confidence under him, for me, his evaluation can start.

Chad Michael
Chad Michael

Huge AB for d'Arnaud.  I know he has hit well since coming back but that was a big situation for him, essentially winning the game for the Mets.  I was glad to see him show some clutch hitting and for a guy that has not hit well due to confidence, that was a huge boost.  Really glad to see him come through because he is a key player for the Mets.

Doubleday
Doubleday

The only thing Sandy should be buying is clothes not from the Lands End catalog.

cyrus
cyrus

this is how we solve our mess of our team. we keep lagares, wright, murphy (even though he is playing out of position), and granderson. we deal colon and another player for  some sort of upgrade if available at shortstop. we cut chris young. we play campbell EVERYDAY in left field. we stop platooning and constantly changing the lineup. in the offseason we add 20 million in payroll and acquire a legit power bat. harvey comes back. syndergaard comes up. wheeler comes into what he is capable of being. we keep the bullpen together. d'arnaud plays everyday like he is right now. get rid of tejada. get rid of abreu. i'm sorry but he's too fat to play in the outfield. this should be our rotation next year. harvey,wheeler,syndergaard,niese,gee. we roll the dice with that and see if it pans out. somehow find a leadoff hitter. a legit 300 hitter with speed who can play defense. preferably a shortstop. our mess would be a lot less if we just kept reyes.

Doubleday
Doubleday

Looks like Wilmer Flores is not about to be usurped by Matt Reynolds.  Tonight, Reynolds went 2-5, so Wilmer went 2-5 with 2 HR and 4 RBI.  Shame we don't have time to develop talent at the ML level, when most of our ML talent shouldn't be in the league.

Doubleday
Doubleday

Dear Bud Selig,

Would you please stop trying to sell us cap variations and just retire, already?  

Car salesmen ...

Josh PlaysBass Agudo
Josh PlaysBass Agudo

So much opportunity I hope they get Baez!!! I would love for that kid to come to New York!!!!

cyrus
cyrus

All I can say is that if Eric Campbell doesn't play every day from now untill the rest of the season then this franchise is officially retarded. If he doesn't play everyday in left field I'm not watching sh--

William Bonilla
William Bonilla

With the As grabbing two pitchers the price of pitchers has just gone up...I wonder if the Mets could actually get a decent prospect for Tolo

eric88
eric88

Sandy said tonite, we are real close so I would be very cautious about making a move at this time! Forget it guys, Tejada is your man.

Sean Andrew Ingram
Sean Andrew Ingram

Time to trade some of our young pitching to Cubs for Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo. They got the top minor league SS from Oakland and have another one of their own in the minors. 

We need offense to go to the next level and they need some pitching. Who do you think will get the deal done? Synagrad, DeGroom, and Duda? Or do need throw in someone like Nimmo also?

Raymond Kim
Raymond Kim

Wow the CUbbie's and A's trade. I guess the market for starting pitching has been set at the trade deadline.  Hopefully colon can bring back come close to major league ready hitters.  

luckylou
luckylou

Eric Campbell has to take over LF from Chris Young, when Wright comes back.

Dave D'Agnese
Dave D'Agnese

Reynolds ss

Granderson rf

Murphy 2b

Wright 3b

Duda 1b

Campbell lf

D'Arnaud C

Lagares cf

I can live with that lineup

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@C.K. Dexter Haven a couple defensive misplays could have cost them but all is well that ends well.


Like you Soup, but maybe it's time for David to go back to playing third now ...

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@Chad Michael  The important factor of that at-bat was he hit a pitch on the outside corner that he wouldn't have reached before he went down, but now he can because Wally fixed him. The other factor might be that he was pissed because the little idiot general made him bunt the at-bat prior with the #8 and pitcher behind him--a great maneuver to bolster a young player's confidence.

zoddie
zoddie

@Doubleday Wilmer will be back.  He had the misfortune of being outplayed by the guy in front of him when he was with the Mets.  Ruben Tejada had a .360 OBP in May AND June.  Hard for Terry to sit a guy who is outperforming Wilmer both offensively and defensively (and is only 24).


Like I said, Wilmer will be back.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@Doubleday  Eric Campbell is proving to be a major league hitter. Pitchers are not finding ways to get him out.

zoddie
zoddie

@cyrus  I can see keeping a lot of guys in the OF, but Chris Young needs to be cut.  A lot of the other guys have produced well - Kirk, Abreu, obviously Lagares, Grandy, and even Eric Young.


Sandy hoped Young would bounce back to his All-Star level of performance.  He struck gold with Hairston and Byrd.  Not so much with Young.  Time for him to go.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@cyrus  Did you hear the shots Gary took at the Mets about the over crowded outfield last night?

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@William Bonilla As taking the "we are very good, but we want to be even better" strategy of the Yanks before they were middle of road mediocre AL Least dwellers.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@William Bonilla  The Cubs just guaranteed themselves as bottom dwellers for the next 5 years. How do you get rid of two quality pitchers?

eric88
eric88

@William Bonilla Sandy doesn't make trades unless he is dumping dumping salary. If I am wrong, name one.

Nick Squatrito
Nick Squatrito

Sandy is the biggest idiot in baseball. I'm not gonna say he should come out and talk about how this team sucks but a respectable gm of a bad team would keep his mouth shut and not try and play his fanbase for fools by talking about how close we are. This team is AT BEST another 2 years away and that's IF our prospects pan out

Tormented Mets Fan
Tormented Mets Fan

Probably nimmo too. If we get Rizzo I'd be more than happy running the risk with Castro. It's just him by himself makes it risky

William Bonilla
William Bonilla

Agreed..sorry CY...seems like a nice guy, had a nice series against Oakland but your time is up....enjoy the 7.5 million you stole from the Mets

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@Dave D'Agnese  And when Reynolds goes 1 for his first 23, you would be calling to release him outright.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@brian2740 @cyrus  Yes, Montero is a bust. He didn't look like Kershaw his first three major league starts so he must go.

greekgod
greekgod

@cleonsvan I'm surprised Gary said anything remotely for or against the Mets. 

What did he say?

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

@cleonsvan  They had no choice.  Garza pretty thoroughly poisoned any chance the Cubs may've had to re-sign Samardzija.  PLUS the amount that re-signing would've cost isn't really in Theo's plans.  There is no extra money for the Cubs until they either win or go through with this stadium re-development.  That said...Niese, at his current cost and controllability HAS to make him attractive to the Cubs,  As has been tossed around, the Mets have a surplus of pitching and the Cubs have a surplus of SS/MI.  Seems like a no-brainer...also diminishes some of Arizona and Dodgers' trade strength too.

jose_who
jose_who

@eric88The Dickey trade was not a dump, nor the EY trade. Plus, the Byrd and Buck trade wasn't technically a dump either. Moving players you have no intention on keeping after the current year is not a salary dump, it's common sense. Just stop.


Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@eric88 @William Bonilla  Don't see what your argument is here though as he would be dumping salary in trading Colon so?


However to answer your challenge anyway getting EY for McHugh certainly wasn't a salary dump.

Nicholas Vargas
Nicholas Vargas

That's why Texas is on a 9 game, away game loosing streak

Dave D'Agnese
Dave D'Agnese

Not at all. Kids hitting .400 call him up. Tejada is not an everyday ss on any other team in this league right now

cyrus
cyrus

That's not what I'm saying - my point is if we have a high surplus of pitching and can use it to fill a void such as our hitting and fielding it is valuable to do so. The best way u improve a team is by improving your weakest link which is our lack of offense. I am not saying trade them all, but Harvey wheeler syndergaard niese an gee is damn good. And with so many good pitchers you can not play them all. So why not take a chance. U do have to hit the ball to win. Right? I thought so. If u are not goin to try and shake things up do u expect things to change. Lets use a couple of our excess assets to fill glaring needs on this ball club. Or hey, count on the mets to make free agent splashes. Lmao

cyrus
cyrus

@brian2740 @cyrus we have a surplus of young pitching. we can deal degrom montero colon hefner bobby parnell. our bullpen would still be good. we would still have a rotation next year of harvey wheeler syndergaard niese and gee. we would get a productive bat and decent player in return. in this type of situation you can not just sit around and hope you get better. you have to make moves. and to top it off add 20 million in payroll and get a professional shortstop

Doubleday
Doubleday

Can't trade players on the DL.