Monday, August 11, 2014
Say cheesesteak: Mets tie historic success
By Adam Rubin
PHILADELPHIA -- The Mets apparently love their cheesesteaks!
With Monday’s 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, the Mets completed the Philly portion of their 2014 schedule with an 8-2 record at Citizens Bank Park.
Tom Briglia/Getty ImagesPlaying in Philly was like Christmas for the Mets this season.
That matches the franchise’s most wins in a season in The City of Brotherly Love. The Amazin’s went 8-1 at Veterans Stadium in 1972. Tom Seaver earned two of those victories.
Niesely done:Jonathon Niese labeled himself fortunate for limiting the Phillies to a two-run homer by Darin Ruf and no other damage in seven innings. Niese had lost his past four starts.
“I felt good in the beginning, but I just kind of fatigued there early and just wasn’t able to pound the zone like I normally could," Niese said. "But I was able to battle through and make a pitch when I needed to. It’s kind of weird this year how it is going. I’m winning with my bad stuff and losing with my good stuff. I don’t know.”
Deep thoughts:Anthony Recker said he was not looking for a slider when he crushed a three-run homer in the seventh inning against Justin De Fratus and gave the Mets a 5-2 lead.
“Not at all,” said Recker, who snapped an 0-for-19 skid. “I was kind of looking for it early in the at-bat. But once he got to 3-2, I was just battling. I was just trying to see something and hit it. That one just happened to be up in the zone, and I was able to put a good part of the bat on it.”
As for the game-tying RBI double by Matt den Dekker that chased David Buchanan earlier in the four-run frame, den Dekker said: “I didn’t want to chase a changeup. He was throwing changeups down all day. I tried to see that pitch. And then he got ahead, and he left one over the middle of the plate late. I just tried to put a barrel on it.”
Not a pattern: Terry Collins said he only double-switched No. 7 hitter Wilmer Flores out of the game for the final two innings because Flores had made the final out of the top of the eighth, and the manager thought he might need to use Jeurys Familia for multiple innings.
Familia ended up recording a four-out save and avoided having to bat as a result.
Collins said he has no intention of regularly inserting Ruben Tejada for Flores for defense late in games.
Discount: The Mets are offering a 30 percent discount on select seats for this week’s homestand against the Nationals and Cubs -- because Mets pitchers struck out 30 batters in the series against the Phillies.