Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Seth Lugo tossed six scoreless innings to win for only the second time in nine starts. The right-hander allowed two hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out seven. He retired the last 12 batters he faced.
2) Travis d'Arnaud homered and hit an RBI double while Brandon Nimmo went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored. Mark Reynolds chipped in with two hits and Asdrubal Cabrera drove in New York's other run with a groundout.
3) Jerry Blevins and Chasen Bradford pitched two scoreless innings and Jeurys Familia picked up his fifth save despite allowing two runs, two hits while also committing an error in the ninth.
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Did this game even need to be played? Coming off a 9-2 loss in the first game of the doubleheader, the second didn't feel too promising. Oh, and then there was the whole issue of Kevin Plawecki starting at first base for the first time in his career.
He had no work to do in the first and had a very easy second. Plawecki even made it to first in the third inning thanks to an error on Rio Ruiz. In fact, Plawecki didn't even get a grounder until the seventh ... and he made the play. Not that Plawecki should continue being the Mets' first baseman, but he did the job done just fine before Dominic Smith came in and took over in the eighth.
Travis d'Arnaud's hitting has continued to improve, and he showed that againt tonight with his RBI double in the third. He then proceeded to homer in the eighth.
Seth Lugo, who looked absolutely phenomenal tonight, defined this game. He pitched six shutout innings, and it was one of his best this season, in my opinion. If Lugo takes his performance from tonight into his likely spot in the 2018 rotation, we can begin to have some hope again. As Lugo is lined up to pitch the last game of the season, he's in good shape to mimic this performance, and end the season on a high note.
Once again, Jeurys Familia did not make things easy, ending the Mets' shutout and letting the tying run get on. Smith then made quite the error, hesitating, and not turning what should've been a game-ending double play. Never good to see an error, but let's get them all out now rather than in 2018. The fact that the game wasn't blown in the ninth was a miracle.
Oh, and we can't forget the home run apple not rising immediately after d'Arnaud's homer with the fans chanting "We Want Apple!" Well, fans got apple. It's the little things in life us Mets fans have to enjoy in the midst of this horrid season...
News and notes...
New York improved to 10-7 against Atlanta this season, the third time in four years they have won 10 or more games against the Braves.
The Mets went 1-1-2 in four doubleheaders this season, including two against the Braves. They swept Atlanta on June 10, split with Washington on Aug. 27 and were swept by Houston on Sept. 2.
D'Arnaud's eighth-inning home run was the Mets' club-record 219th of the season, besting the previous mark of 218 set last year. New York's catcher is hitting .321 with five doubles, six homers and 16 RBIs in 16 games this month.
Blevins' appearance in the seventh inning was his career-high 74th of the season. He appeared in 73 games last year.
Lugo (7-5) improved to 3-1 with a 2.39 ERA in six starts at Citi Field this season. He's allowed one run or less in three of his last four starts.
Kevin Plawecki started at first base for the first time in his Major League career.
The Mets (67-90) continue their final homestand of 2017 against the Braves (71-85) at Citi Field on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. on SNY.
Rafael Montero (5-11, 5.30 ERA, 1.72 WHIP) takes the mound looking to avoid a third consecutive loss. The 26-year-old allowed five runs and seven hits in four innings against the Marlins last Wednesday. Montero faced the Braves on Sept. 15 and took the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.
R.A. Dickey (10-10 4.32 ERA, 1.39 WHIP) faces New York for the second time in three outings. The knuckleballer snapped a three-start winless streak by tossing a season-high tying eight innings against the Nationals on Thursday to pick up the victory. Dickey was hammered by the Mets for five runs and eight hits in five innings of a 7-3 loss on Sept. 16.