Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy was pulled from Wednesday’s game with left quad discomfort and Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that an MRI today showed that he’s dealing with a “mild strain.”
Murphy had a stint on the disabled list earlier this year with the same injury. He attempted to downplayed the situation after Wednesday’s game by saying that his quad was “just a shade less than 100 percent,” but the Mets figure to play things safe with him. Kelly Johnson, Juan Uribe, and Wilmer Flores (currently in Venezuela to attend to his ailing grandfather) are all options to fill in at second base and Michael Cuddyer can cover first base with Lucas Duda still sidelined.
Like most of the Mets hitters, Murphy is coming off a really strong August at the plate. The 30-year-old is batting .282/.325/.430 with 10 home runs and 58 RBI over 107 games this season.
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.
Pitchers can’t stop Orioles slugger Chris Davis these days, but Athletics outfielder Billy Burns managed to keep him in check tonight. Check out this home run-robbing grab:
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Davis has now been robbed of a home run on four different occasions this season. That’s by far the most in the majors. Mets infielder Wilmer Flores (two) is the only other player to be robbed of more than one home run this season.
Despite Burns’ best efforts, the Athletics fell 4-2 and have now lost seven straight games.
Not sure how to feel about this weird new universe in which things just always go the right way for the New York Mets, but I suppose we’ll get used to it.
Take last night for example. If I told you, even a couple of weeks ago, that the Mets would have only one run through seven innings and then find themselves behind three times, what odds would you have put on them winning the game? Pretty low, right? Twenty percent? Ten? It’s the Mets we’re talking about here. The old Mets, maybe. The new Mets win when they’re behind. They win in dramatic fashion. They just seem to do nothing but win.
Last night they came back from behind in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings against the Tampa Bay Rays, capped by rookie Michael Conforto hitting a game-tying double in the ninth and then, three batters later, new hero Wilmer Flores hit the a go-ahead single. It was the Mets’ seventh straight victory. And, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time a team trailed and eithe tied or took the lead in each of the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings of a nine-inning win since the Yankees did it in beating the Blue Jays on August 23, 2005.
Meanwhile, Washington snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against the Colorado Rockies, blowing a 4-0 lead that held until the seventh inning. That one was topped off by a Carlos Gonzalez three-run homer off of Drew Storen in the eighth inning.
Entering last weekend’s series against Washington, the Mets trailed by three games. Now they sports a two and a half game lead in the NL East. Can’t keep ’em down.
Vintage Grady Sizemore showed up to Tropicana Field on Friday as the Rays opened up an interleague series against the Mets. The 33-year-old broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with a solo home run off of Jacob deGrom, then robbed Wilmer Flores of a game-tying solo home run to left field in the sixth.
Here’s the catch:
And here’s the homer.
Sizemore entered play Friday night batting a lackluster .238/.268/.344 with three home runs and 15 RBI, combining his time with the Phillies and the Rays.