Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Travis d'Arnaud a two-run homer and singled and Brandon Nimmo drove in two runs on a pair of sacrifice flies as the Mets scored three times in the first en route to opening up a 6-0 lead. Asdrubal Cabrera went 3-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Robert Gsellman helped himself with a run-scoring single.
2) On the mound, Gsellman carried a shutout into the sixth inning and ultimately allowed three runs on five hits in six frames. He walked one and struck out four to notch a rain-shortened complete game, the first of his career.
3) Nori Aoki and Juan Lagares both went 1-for-3 while extending their hitting streaks to nine and seven games, respectively. Aoki has hit safely in all five games he's played with the Mets.
Postgame reaction from Michael Baron...
Things started off so well for Gsellman tonight over the first five innings. He came out pitching with a purpose, throwing one first-pitch strike after the next, attacked with his sinker inside and down through the strikezone, all with a quick and even tempo. In other words, he looked just like he did towards the end of the 2016 season when he helped lift the Mets into a Wild Card. But then came the sixth inning and the third time through the order, and an error by Cabrera led to some poor execution from Gsellman, watering down what appeared to be a sparkling night for him. He stopped sinking his fastball, didn't execute his off-speed, and he got hit around. It wasn't a matter of fatigue - his pitch count was low. Rather, he was just out there with a different mentality.
Of course, he won, and that's nice, but this is an important time for Gsellman as he tries to factor into a role in next year's staff. He's got good stuff and he's shown before he can get it done in big spots at the big league level. He has to show consistency not only in the numbers, but with his approach and ability to make in-game adjustments and not have these lapses in order to be that factor. >> To follow Baron on Twitter, click here.
Highlights from the game...
News and notes...
The Mets improved to 32-10 against the Phillies at Citi Field since the start of 2015. They have won 18 of the last 21 series between the two clubs.
New York leads the National League with 199 home runs and is one shy of reaching 200 homers for the second straight season.
D'Arnaud's two RBIs gave him a career-high 42 for the season. He tallied 41 in 2014 and 2015.
Gsellman (6-6) was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas after allowing six runs and nine hits in four innings against the Nationals on Aug. 26. He made one start with the 51s on Aug. 31 and rejoined the Mets on Wednesday. Dillon Gee was the last Mets pitcher to throw a complete game of less than nine innings on Sept. 21, 2013.
Cabrera is batting .348 (16-for-46) with nine runs scored, eight extra-base hits and 12 RBIs in his last 13 games. Since joining the Mets, he's hit .372 (48-for-129) against the Phillies with 10 doubles, nine home runs, 25 RBIs and 20 runs scored in 33 games.
The Mets (60-79) open a four-game series against the Reds (61-79) at Citi Field on Thursday night at 7 p.m. on SNY.
Matt Harvey (4-4, 5.97 ERA, 1.52 WHIP) will pitch on regular rest after he suffered through the shortest outing of his career on Saturday in Houston. The right-hander allowed seven runs and eight hits in two frames against the Astros in his first start since returning from the disabled list. Harvey surrendered two runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Phillies in his second start of the season on April 11.
Tyler Mahle (0-1, 2.45 ERA 1.18 WHIP) makes his first start against the Mets and the third of his big league career in the series opener. The 22-year-old tossed six shutout innings during a no-decision against the Pirates on Saturday.