Recap: Mets 6 – Padres 2

Result: The Mets opened their three-game series with the Padres with a 6-2 win at Citi Field behind the pitching of Bartolo Colon on Friday night.


Need to Know:  Bobby Abreu was a late entrant into the lineup for Curtis Granderson and then went 4 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBIs as he continues to hit well at Citi Field. Colon improved to 6-5 going 7 1/3 innings striking out seven and giving up only four hits and two earned runs. The Padres scored two in second inning to take a 2-0 lead. That’s all they would get off Colon. The Mets cut the lead in half in the bottom of the second on a Taylor Teagarden RBI single. In the bottom of the third, a Lucas Duda double tied the score and Matt den Dekker doubled him home the third run. The Mets’ pitching did the rest as Colon and three relievers closed the door with Jeurys Familia finishing off the game in a non-save situation. Duda had two hits and Ruben Tejada also had two hits out of the leadoff spot.  The Mets tacked on a run in the fifth and two runs in the seventh for some breathing room. Andrew Cashner took the loss for the Padres.


Game ball: Abreu loves Citi Field. The veteran hitter added four more hits and is hitting .319 on the season and .353 at home as opposed to .206 on the road.


Links:  AP Recap | Box score


What’s next: The series continues Saturday afternoon with the Mets sending Zack Wheeler (2-6, 4.19 ERA)) to the mound against Jesse Hahn (0-1. 9.82 ERA)

 




39 comments
Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Nice victory against a team that is actually worse than we are. Took some of the sting out of that Ranger loss. Would be nice to get Wheeler to the 3-win mark today. Now watch a guy with a 9.82 ERA shut-us down. Ironic thing about this team is, with even mildly better in-game and personnel management, would actually be competitive in a weak division.  But that ship, sadly, has sailed.

Stephen Giangrande
Stephen Giangrande

Everyone on this site flip flops so much. They lose one game, and all of a sudden the series is over. They win one game against the padres and everyone is Counting how many games back the mets are.

Rich
Rich

I don't care how well Abreu hits when we sit Flores every game. This team is going nowhere. Play the kids let's see what they have.

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

I don't even care when they win. It has gotten that bad being a Met fan...

Jim Walsh
Jim Walsh

Getting swept by the Cubs was a sin. The Mets can make up for it by sweeping the Padres

Frank Monastra
Frank Monastra

If Wright continues hitting like this I would bump him to 5 when Lagares is back

Tejada Murphy Lagares Abreu Wright

John Kranzley
John Kranzley

When JL is back lineup should be:

JL

Murph

Abreu

Wright

Granderson

Flores

Duda

Recker

cver
cver

Y'know as bad as this team is, they are only 5 out of WC and 5.5 out of 1st in NL East.  MLB threw things out of whack by adding two wild card berths in each division and taking other steps to achieve greater parity, while leaving the trade deadline at the same spot on the calendar.  If any team is less than 12 games back by July 31st, it's cruel to make them put up or shut up by deciding whether to be buyers or sellers.  We've been in this position before.  We've sold.  No one really can ever tell you what would have happened if we'd bought instead of sold and if anyone tries to, they'd be lying.  It can be a self-fulfilling profecy to trade away pieces that could help the team contend for prospects, all but throwing any chances for the season away.  While our team doesn't look too good, I'd hope that if we are even remotely close, we'll go for it instead of fold.

Jerry Colfer
Jerry Colfer

d'Arnaud has another nice night 2/6 HR in Vegas. Nice recovery by Colon.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

Has there ever been a home/road platoon player in MLB history? Perhaps Abreu should be it for this Mets team. Hardly anyone else on this team can hit at Citi and he's too old to play everyday so he can just take all the road games off.

hankypanky
hankypanky

You forgot the hitters on opposing teams. They have no trouble hitting HRs. They love Citifield.

Mickey Jennifer Wind
Mickey Jennifer Wind

@Rich nothing. kids never succeed unless there are 6 serviceable major leaguers starting around them.  this is the reason most of these guy go bust here.  too much to ask of them.  

Olerud42
Olerud42

@Rich We played D'Arnaud, the kid, and then he got sent down because he was awful. Playing the kids is not always going to work. 

zoddie
zoddie

You care enough to post on a Mets blog, though?

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@Jim Walsh  That won't make up for it at all though as the Pads are a team they should beat regardless anyway. To make up for being swept by the Cubs they'd need to sweep a team you wouldn't expect them to beat. You make up for 3 games you lost that you should've won by winning 3 games you'd expect to lose.

rodd
rodd

@John Kranzley duda 7th that's a laugh, more rbi's, ties with homers. only player to drive in runs in the clutch

theglider
theglider

Flip Abreu and Wright. Otherwise you have lefties back to back.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@cver  I don't, I say fold. This team stinks plain and simple. I don't care how many games back the standings say they are my eyes tell me this is nowhere near a playoff team. Thus building for next season and beyond is of far greater importance.

zoddie
zoddie

Sample size, my friend. Too small a sample to draw any meaningful conclusions about home/road splits.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@theglider  Even if you flip Abreu and Wright you have LH back to back as then you'd have Abreu and Grandy 4 & 5. And Grandy is much more susceptible to LHP so I like his order better

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@Frank Monastra  I'm actually starting to agree as Tejada has hit .320 since May 25. But Flores should be sent to AAA to play everyday then though.

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

@Brian Webster @cver The Mets are always, "building for next season." Of course, next season is never this season. They have no money to invest and we are being shown that 78 million is the MAX payroll these owners can afford. Don't expect any improvement next year.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@zoddie  Hey the Mets are desperate for anyone who can hit right now especially at home so I say until Abreu proves his stats at Citi are merely a mirage he needs to be in the lineup nearly every home game.

theglider
theglider

Lagares should not be leading off. He doesn't walk enough and he doesn't steal. Place him 5th with Abreu 4. Or lead off EY.

Scrubs
Scrubs

@Brian Webster @Frank Monastra Flores goes to AAA, tears cover off the ball. Flores gets called up, plays two games in a row, doesnt get 8 hits and is banished to the pine...again. Seen it all before.

theglider
theglider

By the way, to answer a question you had before, I had Rangers season tickets in Section 417, Row C. Mannys Crew were a dozen construction workers in Rows D & E. That's how I knew Manny is an ex-con.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@nymetsrule @cver  That's part of the reason why I say to sell players like say Colon because they'll be even less additions next offseason if his $11M salary for next year is still on the books. And with hopefully a healthy Harvey and Syndergaard added to the rotation for next season that money can be much more beneficial allocated to other areas than a SP in his 40s.

theglider
theglider

Abreu can't play everyday so alternate them. Your lineup would be

EY, Murphy, Wright, Duda, Lagares, Granderson, Tejada, Recker.

No great but not terrible. It's balanced and you have a base stealer leading off.

theglider
theglider

The lineup then has

Tejada, Murphy, Wright, Abreu, Lagares, Granderson, Duda and Recker.

Two lefties in a row but this would be against right handed pitching. Against lefties you'd play Campbell at first and EY in left.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@theglider  You sitting Abreu or Grandy vs LHP?


PS And sadly we all know CY has to be figured into the majority of these lineups somehow as much as we'd like not to

theglider
theglider

I'd sit Abreu only because of his age.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@theglider  Just curious as well why bat Duda 4th a couple spots ahead of Grandy in 1 lineup vs RHP and then bat him 7th behind Grandy in another lineup vs RHP?