Brandon Nimmo collected the first four-hit game of his career and reached base five times while Steven Matz tossed six innings as the Mets blanked the Brewers, 5-0, on Thursday night at Miller Park.
Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) After tallying four runs in three games against the Marlins, the Mets equaled that output in the fifth inning alone. Asdrubal Cabrera plated two with a double, Wilmer Flores had and Devin Mesoraco doubled, singled and drove in a run for New York, which had 13 hits, including five for extra bases. Amed Rosario had two singles and Nimmo doubled twice, tripled, singled and walked while scoring two runs.
2) Matz (2-3) completed six innings for the second time in nine starts. He worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the third and faced one over the minimum in his final three frames. Matz allowed four hits, three walks and struck out three. Both of his wins have come against the Brewers.
3) Leading, 1-0, in the fifth, the Mets put together four consecutive hits to open a 4-0 edge. Cabrera snapped an 0-for-11 with a two-run double and scored on Flores' RBI single. The Mets entered the inning hitless in their last 26 at-bats with runners on base. The streak was snapped when Nimmo doubled Rosario to third. New York added three more hits with runners on base in the inning.
4) Paul Sewald and Jacob Rhame combined to allow one hit over three scoreless innings to complete the Mets' third shutout of the year.
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Whenever Yoenis Cespedes returns from the disabled list, Mickey Callaway is going to have his hands full on juggling an outfielder that needs to include Brandon Nimmo on a regular basis. The kid with the infectious smile brings an energy to a team that too often looks flat and dead in the water. Granted, not hitting can paint that type of picture, but when Nimmo is really the only true leadoff hitter the Mets have. Plus, he's good at it. He works the count, he takes his walks and he also is in the midst of a 6-for-6 stretch that includes four extra-base hits. Is he good enough to produce at a level near this over a whole season? The jury is out on that, but with New York's constant struggle to score, he deserves the chance to find out.
On the hill, Steven Matz turned in his third strong start in his last four. He bounced back nicely off his poor outing against the Diamondbacks last Saturday and came out firing 95-mph fastballs in the first inning tonight. Even better was his ability to work out of a speedbump in the second and a jam in the third, when he loaded the bases with one out. The stuff is there for Matz. It's evident just by watching him pitch. But as everyone now knows, it's all between the ears for the Long Islander. If he can continue to throw his pitches with conviction, trust in his stuff and his ability without letting the inevitable pratfalls that come along throw him out of whack, he will be a good pitcher. He's shown it before, he just needs to consistently do it.
This road trip is a tough one, but it was a good first step. Having Noah Syndergaard set for tomorrow is another positive, but the Mets cannot waste outings from their aces if they hope to stay competitive all season.
Highlights from tonight's game...
News and notes...
The Mets have won three of four against the Brewers this season. They improved to 38-28 (.576) all-time in Milwaukee, their best winning percentage on the road against a National League opponent.
New York entered the game having scored three runs or fewer in 12 of 19 games this month.
Nimmo is batting .309 with nine extra-base hits, 15 runs scored and 14 walks in 19 games as a starter. He has hits in six consecutive at-bats and has reached safely in eight straight plate appearances.
The Mets have a 1.97 ERA in the 82 innings Mesoraco has caught since he was obtained from the Reds on May 8. Through the last turn through the rotation, Mets starters have allowed two earned runs in 31 innings (0.58 ERA). Overall, New York has allowed 11 earned runs in its last 63 innings (1.57 ERA) spanning six games.
The Mets streak of striking out at least nine batters ended at eight straight games, which matched the club record set from July 24-31, 2016.
The Mets (25-21) continue their four-game series with the Brewers (31-20) on Friday night at Miller Park at 8 p.m. on SNY.
Noah Syndergaard (4-1, 2.91 ERA, 68 Ks, 1.19 WHIP) makes his 11th start of the season coming off one of his best. The right-hander limited the Diamondbacks to one run over seven innings last Sunday to help the Mets complete a three-game sweep. Syndergaard has allowed three runs or fewer in nine consecutive starts since surrendering four on Opening Day. He limited the Brewers to an unearned run on two hits while striking out 11 over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision on April 15. His ERA against Milwaukee in three career starts is 0.49.
Junior Guerra (3-3, 2.98 ERA, 41 Ks, 1.23 WHIP) appears back on track after allowing nine runs over two starts to begin May. The 33-year-old began the season with a 0.82 ERA through four outings before struggling to open the month. He's allowed three runs in his last two appearances spanning 10 1/3 innings. Guerra tossed six scoreless innings against the Mets last year and has surrendered one run in two career starts against them.