Jason deGrom was deMan Saturday night at Citifield, doing it with his golden arm and glorious bat, as de Mets got off the skids with a 14-1 rout of the Brewers.
Terry Collins made a remarkable move with his line-up and the bait and switch made the Mets manager look like a mad genius.
In the 4th inning, Wilmer Flores, hitting 9th, smacked a bases loaded 94MPH fastball over the left field fence, becoming the first starting NL position player to hit a grand slam from the No. 9 slot in an NL ballpark.
New York’s home run leading shortstop, who swapped places with his pitcher, did something that hasn’t been done in nearly half a century. DeGrom, in the 8th hole, felt right at home at home plate, slapping 3 singles, “Helping his own cause,” (I can hear Ralph Kiner report from the booth in baseball heaven) making him the 2nd hurler to do so since 1914.
To the Mets fans delight, Degrom is at an even 500, but Flores flawed defense has caused many a Met fan to scream, Willlmer!!! Hopefully his hitting prowess will ignite his shaky glove as the team strives to stay on top of their division.
Noah Syndergaard followed deGrom’s masterful outing, getting his first big league win with his dazzling debut at Citifield. Allowing one run, scattering three hits over six innings, the rookie right-hander maintained the Mets slim half game lead over the nasty Nationals.
The Brewers had a scare in the top of the sixth when Syndergaard’s 96MPH fastball struck the earflap of their All-Star centerfielder, Carlos Gomez, who was an O Lucky man, leaving the game with only a giant welt on his cheek.
After putting on a hit parade Saturday night, New York continued their prolific hitting with a homer by Granderson, two doubles from Duda, Duda, and a couple of runs batted in by Cuddyer.
There’s positive news that hamstring stricken David Wright will resume baseball activities on Monday, but it’s not certain when he will return to third base. With the surging Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves in the rear view mirror, the Mets better continue their winning ways because another five game losing streak will make their first place standing a distant memory.