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The Glass is 16 Runs Full

Neil Walker apparently forgot how many outs there were. Jose Reyes ensured there were more outs than there should have been. Jacob deGrom walked five batters, gave up five runs and barely made it through five innings. Glenn Sherlock betrayed a fetishistic fondness for red lights when green would have been the stylish choice. Curtis Granderson’s numbers remained too small to observe sans microscope. Travis d’Arnaud had to sit. Addison Reed had to fume.

What a mess these Mets were on Wednesday night. How they beat the Braves by eleven runs we’ll never know.

Or maybe we already know. They hit like crazy. They hit safely twenty times, including twelve times with runners in scoring position. They did it without a single ball leaving the hospitable confines of SunTrust Park. They whupped up on beloved ex-Met Bartolo Colon, they whupped up on less-beloved ex-Met Eric O’Flaherty, they whupped up on a couple of other Braves hurlers besides. They cloned the 16-5 Unicorn Score that roamed Minnesota four years before and effectively echoed the joyous Minneapolis sound their predecessors’ bats made that frigid Friday night.

They made so much noise in the general vicinity of Atlanta that they definitively drowned out their shortfalls of judgment and lack of attention to detail. Sherlock (sufficiently spooked by Ender Inciarte’s arm) could hold up only so many runners; Walker (having run full speed on a popup with one out) could mindlessly break from second only so often; Reyes (traipsing back toward second at less than a snail’s pace, thus enabling a heady tagout from Dansby Swanson) could be caught sleepwalking only once. Various Mets looked bad at various points, but every Met with a bat hit just about always.

Incredibly plentiful and impeccably timely hitting will smooth your rough edges to a high-gloss finish. The Mets scored sixteen runs at SunTrust, marking the twentieth game in their 56-year history in which they’ve tallied at least that many. They are 20-0 on those occasions of offensive onslaught. If you can’t mask your imperfections with sixteen runs, you might want to try a different sport.

For one night, baseball fit the Met skill set just fine. Sherlock waved enough runners home without incident. Walker obscured his first-inning baserunning blunder by scoring twice. Reyes drove in five, decent penance for indecent fundamentals. DeGrom’s struggle with command was frustrating to watch but his uncharacteristically flat performance couldn’t pull the Braves any closer than four runs behind once he was done pitching. If you didn’t love Jacob on the mound, you had to embrace him at the plate. He contributed a pair of hits and RBIs to help his and every other interested party’s cause. D’Arnaud’s wrist may be a going concern, but René Rivera batted six times in his place and gathered three hits. Granderson — .137/.186/.242 notwithstanding — may have begun to dig out of his sinkhole. Curtis doubled twice, scored thrice and, when he stood in against Colon, provided a nice reminder that Sandy Alderson executed a pretty good free agent signing period in December 2013.

Everybody in the lineup did something positive. No starter posted an ohfer. It was a team effort all the way. DeGrom rarely requires rescue, but four relievers aided and abetted him without turning a blowout into a slugfest. Terry Collins inserted Reed in the seventh, an inning earlier than is customary (and a half-inning before the Mets slathered on an additional seven runs). Reed hadn’t been pitching all that well, so maybe there was a managerial message embedded in using him early. Or maybe Terry wanted Reed in the game against the middle of the Braves’ order in the seventh rather than its bottom in the eighth. That was the manager’s postgame explanation for Reed’s recasting. Dugout cameras inferred reliever discontent, but the setup man of record, who recently questioned the statistical glory attached to ninth-inning success, got his 4-5-6 men in order. Later Addison attributed his visible irritation solely to his dissatisfaction with how he threw, not when he threw.

Phew, that’s a relief. So is a fourth win in six games by however many runs. One is sufficient. Eleven is delightful.

17 comments to The Glass is 16 Runs Full

  • “Ya score sixteen runs, and whaddaya get…?”

    — Not Tennessee Ernie Ford

  • LeClerc

    The base running embarrassments – Sherlock’s hyper-prudence – DeGrom pitching five innings like he had a ferret in his pants…,

    All of these misfires were washed away by the crashing wave of walks, doubles, and those pesky infield singles that tormented Garcia and Swanson.

    And everybody contributed. The entire line-up recorded at least one hit (DeGrom had two). Granderson and Reyes were wailing rather than failing. The Riveras combined for six hits. If Kurt Suzuki had pitched the last two innings the score would have been 23-5!

    And the bullpen delivered – most importantly Edgin and Reed in the sixth and seventh – making it possible for Salas and Smoker to cruise in the eight and ninth (Reed had a very good point in the April 30th NYT article).

    This leaves Robles, Blevins, and Familia rested and ready to assist the innings-limited Wheeler. A golden opportunity to win three out of four.

  • Gil

    Ducks on the pond. Doubles in the barrel. taking 3 of 4 tonight will be awfully nice.

    When Terry hollers, they respond.

  • 9th string catcher

    Ripple effects – Reyes gets tagged out leaving deGrom to lead off the 4th. Problematic because in the top of the 4th after deGrom had a rough inning, the Mets went down in order on about 5 pitches, leading the deGrom’s worst inning of the night. In the 5th, they worked counts, fouled off pitches, got on base and made Atlanta pitchers miserable. They scored 16 runs without an HR – if they can keep up this kind of plate discipline and not try for homeruns in every at bat, they will score enough to help this emaciated pitching staff. If they don’t, they will lose a lot of games this year.

  • Curt

    Great game. Great recap. Yelled at Walker, screamed at Reyes, groaned at DeGrom. Laughed when we started to pile it on. And as I suspect most of us are, I’m still marveling at 16 runs without anyone grabbing 4 bases with one swing of the bat.

  • Dave

    OK, I’ll be the cynic who says “I hope we don’t wind up wishing they had saved some of those runs for tonight.”

  • eric1973

    Especially at the new launching pad.

    Loved TC’s move, bringing in Reed in the 7th to face the tough part of the lineup.

    Gotta win tonight to avoid just treading water.

  • Greg Mitchell

    Friday rain out looking good–thank god, would save us from Montero!

  • Eric

    In 2015 and 2016, the Mets rose up and charged into the play-offs after bottoming out at the nadirs of the seasons.

    It’s too early to say the Mets have already bottomed out in 2017. But it’s fun to think they bottomed out in April and they’ve already begun their charge to the post-season.

  • greensleeves

    Officially worried about Strudel Cabrera’s ongoing aches and pains…Time to give him the rest he deserves so he can contribute significantly during the summer. HEAL!

  • Curt

    Player safety always takes precedence but was hoping umps would give it one more out and inning to get it in. Would’ve possibly been a Wheeler complete game!

    Plus a w.

    • Eric

      Given that Wheeler is on a pitchs/innings limit on his return year from TJ surgery, it’s too bad he had to waste pitches and innings on an outing that doesn’t count.

  • Lenny65

    LOL re: the disappearing post re: the disappeared game.