The Mets may not have Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, or Matt Harvey in their rotation anymore. They may not have Noah Syndergaard, whose strep throat threatens his ability to pitch through the end of the regular season and contribute in the postseason. On Friday night, however, none of that appeared to matter.
The Mets sharpened their edge on the wild card standings with a 10-5 drubbing of the Phillies, who dropped their second consecutive start on the road behind a six-run outing from Jeremy Hellickson. Gabriel Ynoa led the charge against Philadelphia, but was pulled after two innings when manager Terry Collins decided to pinch-hit for the rookie right-hander. In Ynoa’s absence, five relievers trotted out to the mound to finish the game while the Mets’ lineup made short work of the Phillies.
If the Mets ever felt uncertain about handing off the next seven innings to a carousel of relievers, they didn’t show it. They punctuated their efforts at the plate with a six-run fifth inning, highlighted by Michael Conforto’s three-run shot off of right-hander Frank Herrmann. All told, Collins cycled through six pitchers and a total of 20 different players over the course of the evening. With the playoffs still in sight, it was a risky strategy worth taking.
The win cemented the Mets’ place atop the NL wild card standings, where they currently sit one game above the Giants, who lost 7-2 against the last-place Padres on Friday.
Here are the rest of the box scores for Friday’s games. Keep an eye out for Freddie Freeman’s 27-game hitting streak, Nolan Arenado’s 40-homer milestone, and Brewers fan TJ Marini, whose Yasiel Puig jersey appears to be the first of its kind.
Cubs 5, Cardinals 0
Orioles 3, Diamondbacks 2 (12 innings)
Pirates 6, Nationals 5 (11 innings)
Blue Jays 9, Yankees 0
Braves 3, Marlins 2
Red Sox 2, Rays 1
Indians 10, White Sox 4
Tigers 8, Royals 3
Mets 10, Phillies 5
Angels 10, Astros 6
Mariners 10, Twins 1
Rangers 3, Athletics 0
Dodgers 5, Rockies 2
Padres 7, Giants 2