The Mets celebrated David Wright’s return from the disabled list Monday by setting franchise records with 15 extra-base hits and eight home runs as part of a blowout 16-7 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. By the way, Wright got the fireworks started by homering in his first at-bat since April 14.
Lost in all of this is that Jacob deGrom had his worst start in the majors, lasting just 2 2/3 innings. The Mets trailed 7-2 after the third inning. However, deGrom picked a good time for an off night, as his offense bailed him out with 14 unanswered runs. Meanwhile, Sean Gilmartin tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to hold the Phillies in check and save the bullpen.
Wilmer Flores hit two home runs, including a go-ahead three-run shot in the fifth inning. Juan Lagares, Travis d’Arnaud, Michael Cuddyer, Daniel Murphy, and Yoenis Cespedes also went deep. The Phillies hit three home runs of their own, so the two teams combined for 11 home runs, which ties a National League record. It has happened five times, most recently on May 17, 1979 between the Phillies and Cubs.
The Mets are riding high right now. Including their three-game sweep of the Rockies over the weekend, they have scored 49 runs over their last four games. More importantly, they are now a season-high 12 games over .500 at 68-56 and a season-high 5 1/2 games ahead of the Nationals in the National League East.
Good news here for the Cardinals, who began Monday’s action with a 3 1/2 game lead over the Pirates in the National League Central.
Adams has been out since May 26 with a full tear of his right quad. The injury required surgery and was originally expected to end his season, but he began ramping up baseball activities earlier this month. He could begin a minor league rehab assignment as soon as Tuesday.
With the injuries to Adams and Matt Holliday, the Cardinals acquired Brandon Moss from the Indians before the trade deadline. The 31-year-old has batted just .170 with zero homers and a .491 OPS over 54 plate appearances while splitting time between first base and left field. Adams disappointed to the tune of a .243/.281/.375 batting line over 43 games prior to the injury, but his return could give Matheny an appealing alternative.
We haven’t heard much about right-hander Jhoulys Chacin since he was released by the Rockies during spring training, but he’s back in the majors now as a member of the suddenly-relevant Diamondbacks and will start tonight against the Cardinals.
Chacin was a solid starter from 2010-2013, but he had a 5.40 ERA in 11 starts last season while dealing with shoulder issues and was cut loose by Colorado this spring after an awful showing during Cactus League action. The 27-year-old latched on with the Indians from there and posted a 3.21 ERA over seven starts at Triple-A Columbus before using an opt-out clause in his contract. He signed with the Diamondbacks two months ago and has posted a 3.39 ERA and 61/29 K/BB ratio in 79 2/3 innings over 12 starts.
The Diamondbacks will enter play tonight just five games back of the Dodgers in the NL West. According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, Chacin is pitching tonight to give the other starters an extra day of rest. Randall Delgado made a spot start over the on Saturday after Jeremy Hellickson landed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, but Chacin could stick in the rotation if the Diamondbacks decide to move Delgado back to the bullpen.