Game Recap: Mets 9 – Diamondbacks 0

Sparked by a three-run first inning and a combined three-hit shutout by their pitching staff, the Mets (7-7) defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks (4-13) on Tuesday by a score of 9-0 >> Read the full recap and box score at SNY.tv.


Need to Know: Jenrry Mejia gave up two hits while striking out three and walking two over five scoreless innings on the mound. He left the game after 77 pitches when he tore a blister on his middle finger. 

The Mets scored three runs in the first after they loaded the bases with no outs to start off the game. Lucas Duda, Andrew Brown and Kirk Nieuwenhuis came out of the inning with an RBI apiece.

Nieuwenhuis went 3-for-5 with a home run and 3 RBIs during Tuesday’s game — his first with the Mets this season.

New York knocked out Arizona’s starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo with a six-run fourth inning.

The Mets nine runs are the most the team has scored in a single game this season.


Reaction from Meredith Perri: If the Mets hadn’t scored in the first inning, we’d be having a conversation about Eric Young Jr.’s decisions on the base paths. Lucky for Young, though, his blunder in the first that landed him on third instead of crossing the plate didn’t matter. The Mets were aggressive as four consecutive batters went after the first pitch they saw, and the team had four singles and three runs on a mere 14 pitches in the first inning alone.

The Mets may have gotten two runs on the board before Nieuwenhuis stepped up to the plate, but a large portion of Tuesday’s win falls on his shoulders. After a 2013 stint with the Mets where he hit just .189 in 47 appearances, Nieuwenhuis played a role in three of the team’s nine runs. You really can’t ask for much more than that out of someone’s first appearance of the season.


What’s Next: The Mets will look to complete the sweep on Wednesday when they send Dillon Gee (0-0, 5.03 ERA) up against Brandon McCarthy (0-2, 7.78 ERA) at 3:40 p.m. at Chase Field.




45 comments
Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Given his performance last night is anyone else surprised that Sandy didn't sign Bronson Arroyo? I mean, the guy was throwing batting practice up there.

Chad Michael
Chad Michael

One game but I thought Kirk's swing looked much improved.  When he came up he was hitting the ball pretty well but pitchers adjusted and were easily able to get him out with his long swing.  The Mets could have quite the log jam in the outfield with CY coming back soon and hopefully Lagaras returning at the end of the month.  Terry's handling of these situations has been his biggest weakness in my opinion so it will be interesting to see how it all plays out.  Granted this all depends on EY hitting like he has, Kirk actually maturing into a major league hitter, and everyone in there now staying healthy.  

Haig Mathosian
Haig Mathosian

The Yankee sits and the mets win......I hope he's out the entire season

Olerud42
Olerud42

Gotta give Gonzalez Germen his due, he's been great, and so has Farnsworth. 


Great offensive game with everyone contributing. 

tw22
tw22

EYJ has been a quintessential lead off man for the past week, I don't know what the beef is with reporters and contributors that they keep badmouthing a guy who always seems to be on base and threatening scoring a run. Let it go. Speed kills, just ask Jose Reyes, he made that mistake 10 times or so and he makes a helluva lot of more money than EYJ.

Doubleday
Doubleday

I think Kirk played a role, not a roll.

JCuratola3
JCuratola3

A line up of EY Murphy Grandy Duda Wright Lagares D'arnaud really is not bad. If Duda continues to actually be good and Grandy turns things around. EY has been pretty good leading off. Its a shame to see Lagares down but Kirk did a damn good job filling his shoes.. Kirk looked good in spring too just saying. Heres to hoping Lagares comes back just how he left off. Hitting well and that awesome D baby. This team is a sleeping in the NL WATCH. 

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

Just was looking at the standings. If anyone thinks the Mets have been bad, look at Arizona. They are 1-10 at home this season, and 3-3 on the road. It's mind-blowing to me that a team could be that awful with so many games at home. At least the Mets have a good shot at getting above .500 tomorrow. 

Eric Carlos Torres
Eric Carlos Torres

Moment of the Game: Keith's Hey-O moment when he saw the lovely lady taking a bite of that large hotdog.

niesesnose
niesesnose

So where are the people that were clamoring for Arroyo?

simbad
simbad

I have to say - Eric Young gets a hard rap, but how many runs has the guy scored?

thebukaman
thebukaman

Phew...we may have a ballclub on our hands

Doubleday
Doubleday

When I see all those 42's I don't think of Jackie, I see a whole lot of Roger McDowell's.

dannym28
dannym28

does anybody know why cy left the game late today

Chris Gogatz
Chris Gogatz

Exciting, hopefully we build on this 500 team we have and get those 9 extra wins somehow.

brownbear7
brownbear7

On that note, goodnight and let's go Mets

Meredith Perri
Meredith Perri

@brockl  Thanks for pointing it out -- thought I changed that before I published the post last night, but I apparently missed it. 

p8erbaghad
p8erbaghad

@tw22 "...always seems to be on base and threatening scoring a run."  THAT is exactly why because reality isn't as it may seem.  While he may always seem to be on base (to you), reality is he doesn't get on base as much as even an average leadoff man.  His OBP last year was .310 while being a .250 hitter.  That's not a leadoff hitter. 

@tw22  Sorry, but I want my lead-off guy with speed to put the ball in play where his speed can create hits, pressure the defense and advance runners.  Not to be on pace to strikeout 220 times.    Unless you're going to walk 100 times and hit 40 homers, I don't need 220 strikeouts, especially from the top of the order.

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

@Zach Ripple  To be fair two of those "home' loses were in Australia.  But your point is well made.  if they're 7 true games under .500 at home and .500 on the road (which is apt to get worse) where's their safe haven?   The dugout?

Jon Pace
Jon Pace

@Zach Ripple  Part of what makes our beloved Mets such an intriguing team right now is that they are 7-7 and really haven't played that well. That really gets me excited because it makes you wonder how they are going to look when they start playing well! Keep in mind - aside from the D'backs - the Mets have been getting wins AND NOT playing well against teams that I would consider very good to great (Reds will play better, caught them at the right time). Not to mention there are at least 2-3 games the Mets probably SHOULD have won that they ultimately loss. 


Again it makes them an intriguing team.

nymess
nymess

@Eric Carlos Torres  damn, of all the games to miss - a Mets offensive onslaught and a classic Keith moment.

nymess
nymess

@simbad  he's one of those guys that kind of defy stats when you watch every game. he seems to make things happen every time he gets on, though it would be nice if that were on a more consistent basis.


i still don't really believe it's coincidence that the Mets turned things around last season going .500 over the last 100 games when he joined the squad. it feels like a different dynamic when he's in the lineup. 


still, i think the mets have 3 overall better outfielders than him when CY and Lagares get back, but he was still a great addition to this team. also, an extremely easy guy to root for for as a fan. anytime he falls short it's not for lack of effort. he's giving it his all out there. 

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

@simbad  I agree. When Terry first started building up EY in spring, I really questioned it, but the more I looked at the Mets run production last season with him at the top of the lineup, the more I liked him. He might not have the gaudiest of statistics: minimal power, minimal contact and about average OBP. But he is an excellent defensive outfielder, especially in left field, and his speed not only helps with stealing bases, but he scores runs on balls not many players score on. While he isn't the fastest in the league, he typically displays great instincts on the basepaths, cuts the bases incredibly well and simply creates runs. While I think his offense profiles better as a second baseman, I think his overall value is greatly unrecognized by baseball analysts. If he ever starts making more consistent contact, he is going to be one of the elite leadoff guys in the game. .275/.350 is definitely the goal for him.

Joseph DeFazio
Joseph DeFazio

@thebukaman  it's April and the Diamondbacks are atrocious right now.  I wouldn't get too high on the Mets just yet! 

Doubleday
Doubleday

@dannym28  No, but the Reno team features our old friends Nick Evans and Mike "The Jake" Jacobs.

David Marcus
David Marcus

What's alarming to me isn't that a blog constantly has grammatical and confusion over the use of words like "roll" and "role"--- what truly horrifies me is that SNY and the Mets allow these errors to be part of their official web presence. It's the literary equivalent of Tony Bernazard. It's embarrassing! Just get a smart college grad to proof read the stuff!

Ian Carvalho
Ian Carvalho

@Jaime Gongora @brockl  Careful - it's the cool thing to bash the site while still continuing to religiously frequent it. You may have just made his head explode by not liking his comment.

niesesnose
niesesnose

"I wasn't talking about the hot dog"

charlie duck sauce
charlie duck sauce

@Zach Ripple @simbad

"...I really questioned it, but the more I looked at the Mets run production last season with him at the top of the lineup..." 

That's what many fail to realize and seeing it unfold now.

dannym28
dannym28

@doubleday @dannym28  just found out he was taken out because hes joining them in phoenix tomorrow.  Ironic with us in arizona and talking about jacobs

ericccb
ericccb

@David Marcus  what smart college grad would take that job just to proofread? we know it wouldn't be a high paying job.

Meredith Perri
Meredith Perri

@brockl No need to apologize. I honestly couldn't believe I made that mistake/left it in the post. I'm always learning and appreciate the feedback.

Stephen Hanks
Stephen Hanks

This is the web. You really expect good grammar and copy editing? Lol

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@Ian Carvalho @Jaime Gongora@brockl He is onto something. The grammar and spelling has been atrocious. I love coming here but the quality of the writing has been awful. The posts are much more interesting.

Mark Kohn
Mark Kohn

@Joe Wenzel you do know Parra has a great arm...right? Stopping EYJ any time he's close to the ball is a smart move.

charlie duck sauce
charlie duck sauce

@Joe Wenzel So basically he hasn't been the catalyst in the Mets success this year and when the team went on like a five game win streak after he was acquired last season?

charlie duck sauce
charlie duck sauce

@cleonsvan @doubleday Cultural awareness deficiency at its finest.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@doubleday Exactly. Major league baseball will soon enforce a rule that paying customers cannot enter the ballpark unless they are wearing a 42 jersey.