Saturday, April 18, 2015

Red Hot Mets Roll to Sixth Straight Win

METS 4 - Marlins 1 

W - Colon (3-0) 
L - Hand (0-1)
S - Familia (5)

If you told me that the Mets wouldn't miss a beat without David Wright in the lineup, I would have said you are crazy. But that is the case. The Mets won their third straight game since Wright landed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. A combination of clutch hitting and good pitching, the Mets have found a formula in the early season that is paving their way to the top of the National League. At 8-3 the Mets are in first place of the NL East, and own the NL's best record through 11 games. Not to mention they have won six straight.

For a team that had such lofty expectations this season, they are proving to be better than advertised. It's one thing to say how good a team could be, it's another when they find ways to win through tough times. That is what the Mets have done lately. Granted it's still early.

The Mets trailed the Marlins 1-0 for much of the night until an unlikely hero turned the tide in the fifth inning. With Eric Campbell at third, Bartolo Colon lifted a sacrifice fly to center that drove in Campbell with the tying run. While a sac fly seems harmless enough, the fact it came off the bat of Colon, who makes at bats into a running cartoon, with his helmet flying off his head every time he tries to swing a bat was a sign that this night would be a good one for New York.

By the sixth inning, the Mets offense woke up. Juan Lagares and Lucas Duda led off with back-to-back singles to set the table for Michael Cuddyer. Cuddyer, who is still trying to get used to New York, reached on an infield single to score Lagares to give the Mets the lead 2-1. Later on, it was Campbell who drove in Duda with a sac fly to give the Mets a 3-1 advantage.

New York scored one last run in the eighth inning when Daniel Murphy doubled to right to drive in Cuddyer.

On the mound, Colon was solid. He gave the Mets seven terrific innings, allowing only a run on six hits. He improves to 3-0.

Jeurys Familia once again was automatic in the ninth, locking down his fifth save in as many chances since becoming the Mets closer.

New York keeps it going with Miami on Saturday from Citi Field.

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