T.J. Rivera, Curtis Granderson, and Jay Bruce helped give the Mets to an early lead Thursday, providing Seth Lugo with the run support needed to get a 6-3 win over the Marlins.
"To get the momentum early is huge," Bruce said after the game. "I think the person it's probably biggest for is the pitcher. To get him some momentum, and get us going as a team, was huge."
Granderson, Rivera, and Bruce each had hits in the first inning, and the Mets scored five of their runs in the first three innings of the game.
Granderson hit his 300th career double in the first inning and scored twice in the first two innings. Meanwhile, Bruce had an RBI single in the first, an RBI double in the third, and scored a run, and Rivera had two RBI hits in the first three innings.
Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me): The Mets have scored in the first inning during seven of their last eight games, including two last night, thanks in large part to Granderson, who has an eight-game hitting streak and is again thriving in the leadoff spot. He did the same thing last season, by the way...
This time around, since being moved to the leadoff spot seven days ago, he's batting .400 with five HR and 10 runs scored. He's been doing such a nice job of late by waiting and hitting the ball the other way. He's been followed in the order by Asdrubal Cabrera and Yoenis Cespedes.
Last year, when Jose Reyes was hot and hitting leadoff, with Cabrera and Cespedes behind him, Reyes was getting on and the team's offense picked up. It seems a similar result is happening now, but it's Granderson hitting first, with Cabrera and Cespedes again rounding out the top of the order.
The Mets have also been running more the last few days, which is nice to see. They may not be stealing bases, which is fine, but they are taking the extra base, running on balls in the gap, going on contact, and forcing the opposition to throw ahead of the runner. As a result, they're controlling the pace of the game, putting their weaker competition in a position to fail and capitalizing on it.
Michael Conforto will eventually get back in the lineup. And, when he does, if he's hitting cleanup behind Yo, and Bruce is hitting behind Conforto, the Mets may finally see the offense they hoped to have when breaking camp in March.
Maggie Wiggin (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | About Me): Is it time to trade Granderson? The pro-trade argument is clear: he's a pending free agent, he's not a great center fielder anymore, and the Mets outfield is awfully crowded these days. His value is undeniably higher than it was a week ago and may soon eclipse that of Bruce, whose season numbers are currently better, but downward-trending. His left-handed power bat could be highly valuable in Toronto, Colorado, or even the Bronx. The benefits are clear and in all likelihood, he should have a suitcase ready. But, what happens after he's gone >> To read more, click here!