On Tuesday, the Chicago Cubs played their left-handed first baseman at third base. Boston’s starting pitcher allowed a home run to the first batter he faced, then pitched the entire rest of the game without allowing a hit. Last night, the Dodgers’ starter had a perfect game through eight innings and a no-hitter through nine, before allowing a home run to the last batter he faced. The Phillies’ rookie left fielder hit his seventh home run in just 14 MLB games.
The Mets bought their pitchers some gnomes.
We knew the competitive portion of the Mets’ season had ended long before the trade deadline arrived and half the opening day lineup departed. We understand that the rest of the season is dedicated to throwing raw talent against the wall to see what sticks. That means Chris Flexen, rotation workhorse. Brandon Nimmo, starting left fielder. And it means top prospects Dom Smith and Amed Rosario will play every day.
Usually, the wholesale youth movement results in games like Tuesday’s, where the Mets were uncompetitive from the first inning. Occasionally, like last night, Chris Flexen will survive 10 baserunners over six innings to allow just two runs, Michael Conforto, Rosario and Smith will drive in runs, Paul Sewald will dominate Paul Goldschmdit in a clutch relief appearance, and the Mets will squeak one out, 4-2. Enjoy those games.
Maybe next season, we’ll get to enjoy more of them.
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