New York Mets
Things could have been different for the Mets on Monday night.
If they execute a fundamental rundown play in the tenth, there's a good chance they don't have to face Mike Stanton with the bases loaded.
Terry Collins acknowledged as much when he said after the game that he would have walked Stanton if first base were open.
It should have been, but it wasn't.
DeWayne Wise hit a single that looked like it was going to load the bases with one out in the tenth. But Wise inexplicably overran first. Murphy had the ball in his hand and ran toward first while keeping an eye on the runner at third. He flipped to Justin Turner at first as Wise retreated to the bag, but Wise beat the throw.
"The ninth inning there had a chance to be real different," Murphy said. "I've got to get rid of the ball right there and get it to Justin …. I got caught in no-man's land."
If Murphy makes the play, Collins would have walked Stanton to load the bases for Bryan Petersen with two out.
Instead, Stanton drilled a grand-slam to left field and the Mets lost consecutive games in which they'd hit game-tying homers with two out in the ninth.
DUDA ABIDES: New right fielder Lucas Duda took over Carlos Beltran’s corner locker in the Mets clubhouse on Monday afternoon. Late Monday night, Duda tried his best to fill the void left by Beltran when he hit a game-tying two-run homer with two out in the ninth.
"It was pretty loud. So that was awesome," said Duda, who reluctantly went out for a curtain call after his homer.
Duda entered the game hitting .261 in his last ten games. His home run snapped an 0-for-12 streak. Collins hopes it can infuse confidence into the powerful left-handed hitter.
"What got you here will keep you here if you just have confidence in it and stay within your abilities," Collins said. "He's got to take that and say I can do this."