Juan Lagares matched his career high with four hits and drove in three runs as the Mets broke out of their offensive doldrums with a 12-2 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday night at Citi Field.
Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) The Mets trailed, 2-1, in the bottom of the fourth inning before erupting for eight runs over the next two frames. Lagares contributed a pair of singles that produced three runs during the onslaught. Amed Rosario doubled and finished with a career-high-tying three hits and two RBIs while Devin Mesoraco went 2-for-2 with a two-run homer, a single, three walks and four runs scored. Noah Syndergaard drove in New York's first two runs with an RBI double and a sacrifice fly.
2) The Mets entered Tuesday's game with no hits in their last 20 at-bats with runners in scoring position. That was extended to 0-for-23 before Jose Reyes singled to load the bases in the fourth. New York finished the game 8-for-14 with runners in scoring position. Brandon Nimmo had an RBI single, Asdrubal Cabrera ripped a run-scoring double and Luis Guillorme collected his first Major League RBI with a base hit in the eighth.
3) Although not as effective on the mound as he was at the plate, Syndergaard (3-1) snapped a personal five-start winless streak that stretched back to April 9. The right-hander struck out the side in the first but labored thereafter, needing 103 pitches to complete five innings. Syndergaard was charged with two runs on five hits, two walks and a hit a batter while striking out seven.
4) Seth Lugo and Jacob Rhame combined to allow one hit while striking out five in four scoreless innings of relief.
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Whatever frustration the Mets have held over the last few weeks, they released Tuesday against the Blue Jays. But as needed and welcome a sight as it was, the key will be building off it and making sure the 12-run outburst wasn't just a one-off like the 14-run game against San Diego was two weeks ago.
Incredibly, the Mets had more hits with runners in scoring position tonight (8) than they did in 61 at-bats this month (7). It's not secret as to why New York has struggled so badly the last few weeks. At the very least, a game like this can perhaps ease some of the pressure that has surely been weighing this group of players down.
Perhaps the only negative on the night, if it can truly be called that, was the performance of Noah Syndergaard. Ignoring his two RBIs, which were surely important, Thor continues to battle inefficiency on the mound that is keeping him from pitching deep into games. After striking out the side in the first, Syndergaard slogged his way over the final four frames to complete his night after five innings. The right-hander has pitched into the seventh once in nine starts and failed to complete at least six innings for the third time. We all know how good Syndergaard is and will be, health permitting, but perhaps we underestimated the effect that missing virtually all last season has had on him.
It's a quick turnaround with tomorrow's 1:10 p.m. start. Dare we ask for consecutive wins for the first time in more than a month?
Highlights from tonight's game...
News and notes...
The Mets snapped a six-game losing streak at home and improved to 12-0 all-time against the Blue Jays in New York (9-0 at Shea Stadium and 3-0 at Citi Field). The 12-game home winning streak is the against a single opponent in club history. The Mets defeated the Pirates 14 straight times from April 21, 1986-June 7, 1987.
New York improved to 18-8 against Toronto and is 186-177 (.512) in Interleague play since it began in 1997. They went 7-13 against the American League last year.
The Mets scored more runs on Tuesday night than they had in their previous four games combined (8). It was their largest scoring output since they tallied 14 runs against the Padres on April 29.
Lagares collected his first four-hit effort since last June 6 against the Rangers. It was his fourth career four-hit game.
Rosario is batting .379 (11-for-29) with three doubles and four RBIs in his last nine games.
Syndergaard's five-game winless streak was his longest since a career-high six-game stretch from July 8-Aug. 11, 2016.
Yoenis Cespedes was held out of the starting lineup for the second time in four games due to a sore right quad.
Buddy Baumann and Rhame were both recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to take the place of Jerry Blevins (paternity leave list) and Corey Oswalt, who was optioned to the minors. Dominic Smith was also officially optioned to Triple-A with the return of Jay Bruce (paternity leave list).
Curtis Granderson returned to Citi Field for the first time since he was traded to the Dodgers last Aug. 19 in exchange for Rhame, who closed out Tuesday's win. Granderson hit .239/.341/.444 with 95 homers in 573 games in three-plus seasons with Mets, who honored him with a video tribute before the game.
The Mets (20-18) will try for consecutive wins and a sweep of the series against the Blue Jays (21-21) on Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field beginning at 1 p.m. on SNY.
Zack Wheeler (2-2, 5.03 ERA, 31 Ks, 1.44 WHIP) hopes to build on one of his best starts this season in the series finale. The right-hander limited the Reds to one run over six innings and retired 12 straight at one point in a tough-luck no-decision. Wheeler has allowed 11 runs and 23 baserunners in two starts spanning 12 innings (8.25 ERA) at home this season. He has never faced Toronto.
J.A. Happ (4-3, 4.80 ERA, 56 Ks, 1.27 WHIP) toes the rubber looking to snap a two-game losing streak after going undefeated in his previous five starts. The 35-year-old was charged with seven runs and 10 hits in a season-low 3 1/3 innings against the Mariners last Thursday. Happ is 3-2 with a 4.41 ERA in 10 career appearances (eight starts) against the Mets, He has not faced New York since Aug. 14, 2015 when he was with Pittsburgh.