MIAMI Crushing an underwhelming opponent counts for something too.
In the Mets case, it could have been an easy task to lose focus and have a South Beach vacation after sweeping the Yankees in the intense Subway Series spotlight. Instead, they handled business over three days against a team these were likely to beat.
On Sunday, the bats started early and kept moving in a 9-3 victory on the Marlins at loanDepot park that allowed the Mets to complement their longest winning streak of the growing season at six games.
This group stays the truth is real well, manager Buck Showalter said. They dont appear to get swept up in a few of the items that are on the market, and rightfully so. However when you’re playing you will have that kind of concentrate on you a bit.
A straight bigger pushover awaits in Washington, where in fact the Mets will face the last-place Nationals on the next three days. Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom are scheduled to pitch for the Mets in the series, and the Nationals would likely unload Juan Soto and Josh Bell, amongst others, before Tuesdays 6 p.m. trade deadline.
Its another classic trap series that cant be overlooked by the Mets, who play the Braves five times in four days beginning Thursday at Citi Field. That series may have first-place implications in the NL East, where in fact the Mets hold a three-game lead on Atlanta.
We have been just really even-keeled, that is a positive thing, Mark Canha said. The people which are the leaders in this clubhouse have become even-keeled guys which is important.
The Marlins never really had a chance with this day. By enough time the 3rd inning was complete the Mets had already amassed 12 hits and raced to a 6-0 lead, knocking out starting pitcher Pablo Lopez along the way.
It had been a good change of pace for the Mets, who had only two runs entering the eighth inning on Saturday before adding two insurance runs. A night earlier they fell right into a three-run hole in the initial inning against stud right-hander Sandy Alcantara, but were able to rally for the win.
Sticking with their methodical approach, the Mets didnt even require a home run in building their early lead. Francisco Lindor and Pete Alonso doubled in succession in the initial inning for a 1-0 lead. Daniel Vogelbach and Jeff McNeil delivered singles, the latter which earned the Mets second run. Canha earned another having an RBI single.
The Mets gave Lopez a rest in the next Alonso hit right into a double play to kill a rally but were back at it in the 3rd. Tyler Naquin delivered an RBI triple for his first hit in a Mets uniform before Canhas ensuing single extended the result in 5-0. Brandon Nimmo delivered a two-out RBI single that knocked out Lopez and gave Walker a six-run cushion.
Were just carrying it out on both sides of the ball, Walker said. The offense is scoring runs, were consistently getting to plenty of good pitching and were scoring runs early. As a starting pitcher once you set up runs in the initial inning it creates our job easier, to venture out there and attack. Our confidence is actually high at this time.
Walker pitched 5 / innings and allowed three earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and two walks. The right-hander had shut out the Marlins over seven innings in his previous start against them, on July 10.
The Mets finished with a season-high 19 hits. Lindor, McNeil and Canha led the charge with three apiece.
We still ‘ve got 8 weeks to play here, Canha said. Keep doing what were doing. Were playing good baseball.