Things you should know about today's game...
1) The Mets opened up a 10-0 lead, capped by a six-run fourth inning which included home runs from Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera. Gavin Cecchini added a two-run single while Brandon Nimmo and Reyes each had RBI singles in the frame. Juan Lagares opened the scoring with a run-scoring single in the second. Nori Aoki had an RBI groundout and Nimmo added a second RBI single in the sixth.
2) Nimmo matched a career high with three hits and also walked for the sixth time in three games. Reyes walked twice in addition to his 10th homer and RBI single. Lagares and Plawecki each had two hits
3) Rafael Montero allowed four runs on five hits and matched a season high with five walks and three strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander surrendered two singles and two walks through four scoreless frames before yielding four runs, four hits and three walks to the last 10 batters he faced.
Postgame reaction from Michael Avallone...
Considering five of the Mets' 11 runs were driven in by Reyes and Cabrera, breaking down a meaningless game in early September largely decided by two veterans is a bit of a stretch.
But in addition to the Reyes/Cabrera show was Nimmo, who put on a pretty impressive display at the plate himself. Not only did he match with his career high with three hits, he drove in a pair and also walked for the sixth time in three games. While there is much debate regarding Nimmo's power ever developing -- he has two career homers in 165 at-bats -- he has a very advanced approach at the plate with impressive discipline.
With the myriad of injuries decimating the Mets, Nimmo has a chance to play virtually every day and so far, he's done a nice job. The jury is still out on just what type of player -- a 4th outfielder? a starter? -- that the 24-year-old can be, but he gets on base, makes things happen and plays with an infectiousness that is a welcome addition to the club. >> To follow Michael on Twitter, click here.
News and notes...
New York snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 10-4 against the Philadelphia this season. The Mets are 36-16 against the Phillies since the start of 2015 and have defeated them at least 10 times in six straight seasons.
The Mets won for only the fourth time in their last 15 games at Citi Field.
Reyes extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Cabrera has three homers, three doubles and 11 RBIs in his last 11 games.
Nimmo is hitting .279 (12-for-43) with 13 walks, seven RBIs and nine runs scored in his last 13 games.
Montero (4-9) came into Monday's outing with a 2.10 ERA over his previous four starts, including 12 consecutive scoreless innings.
The Mets (59-78) go for their 18th series win in 21 tries against the Phillies (52-85) at Citi Field on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. on SNY.
Jacob deGrom (14-8, 3.43 ERA, 1.17 WHIP) tries again for his career-high 15th win following a loss to the Reds last Thursday. The right-hander surrendered four runs -- three earned -- in six innings. Since winning eight consecutive starts, deGrom is 2-5 with a 3.80 ERA in seven outings. He blanked the Phillies over 6 2/3 innings while striking out nine in a win at Citizens Bank Park on Aug. 10.
Ben Lively (2-5, 4.22 ERA 1.37 WHIP) goes for his second straight win after an eight-start winless streak. The 25-year-old allowed two runs in six innings to defeat the Marlins last Wednesday in Miami. Lively surrendered two runs over 6 1/3 frames during a loss in his only career start against the Mets on June 30.