By Jason Schott - Associate Editor - @JESchott19
The Mets blew out the Phillies 11-2 on Monday night to win four of out of five in Philadelphia. The Mets have won seven of their last nine to improve their record to 28-29, just 3 1/2 games out of first place Atlanta in the National League East and in a virtual tie with the Washington Nationals (27-28) for third place.
The Mets' run began with their win in the second game of the doubleheader agianst Arizona on Sunday, May 25th. The Mets have played with a renewed spirit, which was lacking for most of the first six weeks of the season. One thing that can be said about the Mets with Terry Collins as manager is that they may not be the best, but they try hard.
The trademark of this run has been the great starting pitching they have received from the rotation, as presently constructed, of Bartolo Colon, Zack Wheeler, Rafael Montero, Jacob deGrom, and Jon Niese. The bullpen also is as settled as it has been all year, with Jeurys Familia setting up closer Jennry Mejia.
Monday night was another one of those nights, as Bartolo Colon had his second straight great outing. Colon, who improved his record to 5-5, went 7 innings, and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, 3 walks, and struck out 5. Colon has a 1.61 ERA in his last three starts.
Mets Manager Terry Collins said of Colon, "He knows when he has to put a little something on it. He's the master of taking stuff, taking speed off the ball, getting it to sink, getting it to move. When he needs it, there's still plenty there."
The Mets got on the board in the second inning when Bobby Abreu doubled, and scored when Lucas Duda got a double of his own to give them a 1-0 lead. Abreu has quietly become the Mets' starting right fielder, and he has earned it by swinging a hot bat. The 40-year old Abreu is hitting .360 (9-for-25) with 5 RBI and 4 walks in his last ten games, and .315 overall.
It stayed 1-0 Mets until the 6th. Matt den Dekker, in the lineup for the injured Juan Lagares, singled on a line drive to center to open the inning, and Daniel Murphy followed with a single. David Wright, who has hit well throughout this streak, doubled home den Dekker and Murphy to make it 3-0. With one out, Abreu walked and Lucas Duda reached on an error to load the bases. Wilmer Flores then doubled home Wright and Abreu to make it 5-0 Mets.
The Phillies got a run each in the 6th and 8th innings, so it was 5-2 Mets heading to the 9th. The Mets rallied, as Chris Young walked, Murphy singled, and Wright walked to load the bases. Curtis Granderson delivered a two-run single to make it 7-2. Flores then hit a grand slam to blow it open and make it 11-2 Mets.
Flores went 2-for-5 with 6 RBI, and said of his night at the plate, "It felt good. Been struggling the last couple games, and I didn't feel god my first two at-bats, but as the game was going I made the adjustment, so I put a good swing on it. I haven't been playing that much, so I've just been taking extra batting practice. That helped."