David Wright’s resurgence continued this afternoon, as he went 4-for-6 with a home run, three singles and three RBI in a 9-3 win over the Marlins.
Wright had an RBI single in the first, an opposite-field solo homer in the third and another RBI single in the ninth. He now has four consecutive multi-hit games, raising his batting average from .374 to .402 in the process. He’s currently tied with Josh Hamilton for the major league lead in batting average while his .489 on-base percentage is tops in all of MLB.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Wright’s .402 batting average is the second-highest in franchise history on this date. Cleon Jones was hitting .411 on May 12 back in 1969.
Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy also helped the cause this afternoon by delivering three hits apiece while R.A. Dickey allowed two run over six innings to improve to 5-1 on the young season. Dickey was hit in the right hand by a pitch in the fifth inning and stayed in for two more innings, but Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters after the game that he may be sent for an X-ray.
Double plays come in an assortment of combinations, from the standard 6-4-3 combo to some more unusual patterns. During the Mets’ 5-3 win over the Nationals on Saturday, however, what made this double play strange was less the product of an unorthodox route and almost entirely due to an unexpected collision on the basepaths instead.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, with the Mets trailing 1-0, Zack Wheeler caught Jose Lobaton swinging for strike three. Mets’ backstop Travis d'Arnaud fired the ball to second base, where the ball slipped out of Asdrubal Cabrera‘s glove as Jayson Werth slid into the bag for a stolen base. Second baseman Neil Walker fielded the ball in shallow center field, then tossed it to third base, and Jose Reyes tagged Werth easily for the second out of the play.
The Mets complimented their defensive efforts with a strong showing at the plate, reclaiming the lead with three home runs from Michael Conforto and Jose Reyes to clinch their tenth win of the year.
It’s been a miserable weekend for Nationals’ outfielder Adam Eaton, who stumbled over first base and injured his leg while running out an infield single in Friday’s 7-5 loss to the Mets. While the team officially placed the outfielder on the 10-day disabled list with a left knee strain on Saturday, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Eaton has been diagnosed with a torn ACL in his left knee and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2017 season. The team has yet to confirm the diagnosis or announce a definite timetable for the 28-year-old’s return, perhaps due to extended evaluations by Eaton’s orthopedic doctor:
The Nationals appear to have several outfield options with Eaton on the disabled list, though they have not pinned down a long-term solution. Center fielder Michael Taylor replaced Eaton on the field during the tail end of Friday’s game, and returned on Saturday to man center and bat second in the lineup. The club also promoted top outfield prospect Rafael Bautista, who slashed .291/.325/.354 with five doubles and a .680 OPS through 19 games in Triple-A Syracuse this season. He’ll assume Eaton’s roster spot and looks to be available for a backup role in the outfield going forward.