LOS ANGELES – The weekend did not go as the Mets imagined to open their 10-day 10-game tour of Southern California, but their engagement rules became pretty clear: Keep the hotel door open, keep the TV on, and make sure Al to hover.
After locating the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first two games of a four-game set, the Mets raided Saturday and Sunday to win a split. They slipped in front of the Dodgers’ two best starting pitchers, setting an ambush for Walker Buehler and Julio Urías. Although they are still without their best starters, the Mets nevertheless headed to their next stop on the trip, San Diego, setting the National League best record with 37-19.
“The last man standing, I guess. “I do not know,” said Mets CEO Buck Showalter before adding about the Dodgers. “It’s a very good team. “I’m really proud of our kids who are fighting back these last two days.”
Third baseman Eduardo Escobar, whose 10-game bout with Brusdar Graterol sparked an eighth sacrificial fly in Sunday’s 5-4, 10-inch thriller, said the four games “looked like a playoff atmosphere.” Certain winner JD Davis, who doubled the game with the green light in the 10th, said that the weekend shows “we are just as good as them”.
Growing evidence shows that he is right.
With team aces Jacob deGrom (stress response, right shoulder) and Max Scherzer (sideways) back home repaired, the Mets almost avoided another devastating injury when Francisco Lindor, the team’s All-Star shortstop, took control. in his hotel suite when the Mets arrived in Los Angeles and immediately knocked his right middle finger on a door. He ended with a fracture of the tip of his finger, sat in the opening series on Thursday night and considered himself lucky to return to the starting lineup the next day.
The pain was so intense at the time, said Lindor, who jogged around his suite for a few minutes hoping it would calm down. He was grateful that his fingernail remained intact and the door caught no more than his finger.
“I feel like if it was somewhere higher, it would probably be surgery or something,” he said.
The Mets won 2-0 in his absence on Thursday, and then lost, 6-1, on his return on Friday night. Both Lindor and Showalter said they knew exactly what was to come that night: Mookie Betts opened the bottom of the first inning with a hard ball to Lindor, whose shot was immediately tested.
“I have not waited that long for a ball of ground for years,” Lindor said with a twinkling – and relieved – smile. “I knew the first one was coming to me.”
Back at the team’s hotel, Lindor said the scene of the accident had remained intact, indicating that the dangerous door was the one leading to his balcony.
“The door was still open,” he said, still smiling. “I do not touch this door. I will deal with the sun “.
Hands turned out to be a big weekend theme. During the series it was revealed that one of Scherzer’s dogs, Rafi, had bitten his owner’s hand.
Scherzer said he missed a day of throwing, assured everyone in a tweet that all would be well and said “this is literally a non-story”. Given his $ 43 million salary and how much the team will rely on him as the calendar goes back to October, Scherzer can forgive the Mets and their fans for their concern.
With the absences of Scherzer and deGrom, who threw a 19-game session on Saturday in New York, other players such as David Peterson and Trevor Williams are strengthening. The Mets are now 6-0 in Peterson’s starts this season despite his unusual departure in the middle of Mookie Betts’ fourth inning at at-bat Saturday.
Peterson had limited the Dodgers to a series of over three and two-thirds innings, and faced the Betts with one in and two outs and the Mets clinging to a 5-4 lead. Bets scalded the first pitch he saw on the left line for a foul. Schwalter immediately appeared, calling on Colin Holderman, who immediately withdrew from Betsy, on a third strike to end the threat.
With Showalter maneuvering pitching according to his preferences all weekend, as he has done so often this year, Alonso was able to take over on Saturday. He broke a two-wheeler hostage on the third and then drilled a three-lane explosion over the fence in the center of the right-hand pitch in the seventh. His five RBIs in the 9-4 victory gave him 53 in 55 games.
Informed that his second home on Saturday led him to a tie for 10th place in the all-time list of the Mets at home with 122, Alonso said: “He is ill. I did not know that. I just want to continue. “
“He’s hot. His nitrozone is down in the belt and all the damage he’s done to us has fallen,” said Dodgers director Dave Roberts, expressing frustration with some of his pitchers. “Lane drive to the right at night at Dodger Stadium, if you touch it, is 100 miles per hour, it is quite dangerous. So when you do not run, you will really pay.”
At least Sunday’s return came during a daytime game, allowing their fans – including one in particular – to be well rested as they enter the work week.
“The toughness on this team is amazing,” said Steven A. Cohen, the team owner, who was in Los Angeles for the series on Friday afternoon. “Just watching them come back, how much fun is that? You are never out of it. The real problem now is that I can not turn off the TV. I have to stay awake and watch. Before, you could turn off the TV and say, ah, you’re not going to come back. “You have to leave the TV on now.”
And, of course, you have to leave the doors open.
“Stay away from the doors,” Lindor said. “Please stay away, I’m telling you.”