Todd Frazier homered and Seth Lugo pitched six innings as the Mets ended their eight-game losing streak with a 2-0 win over the Yankees on Sunday night at Citi Field.
Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Frazier's two-run homer off Luis Severino broke up a scoreless game in the fifth inning. It was his second homer in as many days and seventh of the season. He singled, stole a base and had two of the Mets' five hits. Jose Reyes and Devin Mesoraco had the others.
2) Lugo (2-1) tied his career high with eight strikeouts and allowed two hits without a walk in his longest outing since he tossed six scoreless frames last Sept. 25 against the Braves. Through two starts this season, the right-hander has surrendered five hits, no walks while striking out 11 in 10 shutout innings. Through 23 appearances (two starts), Lugo has a 1.77 ERA over 45 2/3 frames.
3) Robert Gsellman pitched a perfect seventh before running into trouble in the eighth. With Miguel Andujar on first, Aaron Judge hit what looked to be an inning-ending double play to short, but Reyes -- who entered at second for Asdrubal Cabrera -- did not touch second and threw wildly to first, leaving both runners safe. Gsellman induced a pop out and a fly out to end the threat.
4) Anthony Swarzak picked up his first save as a Met and the third of his career. He struck out Giancarlo Stanton, walked Greg Bird and then induced a hard line out to third by Gary Sanchez, which turned into a game-ending double play when Frazier fired to first.
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Sunday night was notable for several reasons. First, the Mets ended an eight-game losing streak as well as a historically bad homestand. Second, they have found themselves in a bit of a conundrum on what best serves the team thanks to Seth Lugo's continued excellence on the mound. Third, another injury worry as Asdrubal Cabrera was forced from the game after tweaking his hamstring in his first at-bat. And finally, the winds of change -- long, long, LONG overdue -- have hit Flushing as Adrian Gonzalez was released following the win with Jose Lobaton set to be DFA'd for a second time prior to Tuesday's game in Atlanta. Dominic Smith and Ty Kelly will take their place.
As far as the game itself, it was all about Lugo, who continues to impress no matter what role he's thrust into. His six scoreless frames came against a legitimate lineup and lowered his ERA to 1.77 in 23 appearances (two starts). The man has given up two runs -- remember Charlie Culberson? -- since May 1, and by firing 10 shutout frames in two starts over the last 10 days, he's now forced Mickey Callaway and Dave Eiland into a tough decision should Noah Syndergaard return sooner than later. And even when he does, Lugo still might remain in the rotation.
Thankfully for the Mets, Lugo and the combination of Robert Gsellman and Anthony Swarzak got the job done ... because the offense continues to be unwatchable. Five hits -- two by Todd Frazier -- and two runs might be a pittance for most teams, but for the Mets, it's significant progress. The club hit .146 on the homestand, which is almost unfathomable considering we're talking about nearly 10 days worth of games. The only true positive is that the Mets have been so bad offensively, it's bound to get better. That doesn't mean it gets better to an acceptable level, but it's not an exaggeration to expect an uptick. That is how low this team has sunk with the bats. Virtually any nudge up is worthy of mention.
But hey, at least the pitching has come around...
News and notes...
The Mets snapped their eight-game losing streak and a six-game skid against the Yankees. They also ended their 10-game slide at Citi Field and finished their homestand, 1-8.
The Mets are 47-68 (.409) all-time in the regular season against the Yankees, 9-17 (.346) at Citi Field and 25-34 (.424) at home. They are 2-5 against the American League this season.
The Mets became the first team to blank the Yankees this season while tossing their fourth of the year. It was their first shutout of the Bombers since June 18, 2010 and the first in Queens since June 15, 2002.
The Mets were held to two or fewer runs seven times during their nine-game homestand. They scored 13 runs in all and hit .146 (47-for-323) in that span.
Lugo has an 0.86 ERA over his last 14 appearances (two starts) spanning 31 1/3 innings since May 1. He has been scored upon once in that span while allowing 17 hits with 34 strikeouts. The Mets are 18-10 (.643) in Lugo's 28 career starts.
New York's rotation has a 2.34 ERA in its last 21 games. The club is 6-15 in that span.
Cabrera left the game prior to the bottom of the fifth with a tight left hamstring. He slipped leaving the batter's box on a ground out in the first inning.
The Mets (28-34) begin a 10-game road trip at SunTrust Park against the Braves (37-28) on Tuesday night from at 7:30 p.m. on SNY.
Zack Wheeler (2-4, 4.57 ERA/3.76 FIP, 62 K, 1.381 WHIP) opens the two-game set after tossing seven shutout innings against the Orioles last Wednesday. It was the first scoreless start for the right-hander since Sept. 19, 2014 and gave him a 2.52 ERA over his last four outings. Wheeler has a 2.94 ERA and 1.306 WHIP in eight career starts against the Braves, who he has not faced since 2014.
Mike Foltynewicz (5-4, 2.31 ERA/2.98 FIP, 88 Ks, 1.189 WHIP) brings an 0.97 ERA and .169 opponents' average over his last six starts into the series opener. The 26-year-old has surrendered two or fewer earned runs in 12 of his 13 starts. Foltynewicz has surrendered 12 earned runs on 20 hits in 10 1/3 career innings (10.45 ERA) spanning three appearances -- including two starts -- against the Mets. He has not faced New York since 2016.