With a contrite blue hooded Matt Harvey back in the dugout, the Mets got back to .500 beating the beleaguered San Francisco
Giants 6-1 behind a Zack Wheeler beauty.
Jeff Samardzija got jacked for four runs in the first en route to a 0-5 start of the season. Then in the seventh, just when the Mets broadcast booth lauded him for settling down, Michael Conforto unleashed a solo shot below the Jim Beam Bourbon Bar for insurance they never really needed.
Ever since Terry Collins reshuffled the line-up, putting Conforto in place of the then slumping Jose Reyes, the young left fielder has been giving NY a lot of leadoff love.
Tuesday night he went 2-5 and since earning the top slot, he’s hit seven home runs and currently sporting a .330 average, second to the red-hot Rene Rivera.
After a dramatic walk-off win against San Francisco on Monday, the Mets wasted no time on offense. In the bottom of the first, T.J. Rivera stroked a single to left, Jay Bruce doubled, and last night’s hero, Neil Walker got lucky on a misplayed single by Giants left fielder Eduardo Nunez that resulted in a two-run triple.
Reyes and Rene Rivera then finished off the inning with two-out RBI hits.
Staked with a sizeable lead, Wheeler (2-2) punished his prior employers with two-hit ball, striking out four over six innings for his best start since missing two seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Wednesday newly acquired Tommy Milone will go for the sweep in his Mets debut facing Matt Cain, who’s trying to make amends for surrendering nine runs in 3 1/3 innings last Friday against Cincinnati.