Sunday, April 16, 2023

Mets 2 Hits 1st 8 Innings; 4 Hits in 9th for 3-2 Win

 Coming off a 1-0 loss in the opener at Philadelphia, the Mets made it 17 scoreless innings against the Phillies to trail 2-0 going into the bottom of the 9th.

The only good news is the Phillies used their top two relievers in the opener, so had their third best Statis-Pro card in Gregory Soto in the game for the save in the 9th.

Jeff McNeil, the only Met to reach base half of his plate appearances in the series, drew a walk to start the inning and finish 2 of 6 with 2 walks drawn.

Brandon Nimmo and Francisco Lindor the singled to load the bases with no outs, and erase Soto's RR from 3 to 0, which reduced him from a pb 2-7 to 4-7. The Phillies had no pitcher any higher so Soto stayed in the game with their one other 4-7 (average pitcher) left Nelson warming up. 

Soto induced one fly out, but then Daniel Vogelbach delivered a 2-run double to tie the score and send Lindor to 3rd base. That hit and 2 runs reduced Soto all the way to a pb 2-4, so Nick Nelson had to come in with his pb 4-7.

Starling Marte greeted him with a game-winning single and 3-2 win to secure the split for the Mets.

The rally made a winner of Edwin Diaz. Why was Diaz on 2-9 (beat range) card in the game? First, we decided to play all players projected to play this season in our game even if injured - so despite his season ending injury in real baseball we pitch him.

As far as why he pitched the top of the 9th with the Mets down 2-0, we allow each reliever to pitch once in every 2-game series, so since he was not used in the 1-0 loss in the opener, he is a "use him or lose him" pitcher in the 2nd and last game of the series. 

Until the rally it looked like Nick Castellanos would be the hero when he hit his second double if the game as the first if there consecutive Phillies doubles in the 4th inning for the 2-0 lead.

Reminder Note: To play our own Statis-Pro Baseball games, click and print the batters cards here, then these pitchers' cards and finally the Statis-Pro rules which will have everything you need to play. Also note that we had one error in earlier notes - the adjustments listed at the bottom of some pitcher cards to the batters they face (changing a HR to Out or vice versa) must be used every time they pitch, not just in road games as previously listed. You may notice this season that our blogs are picked up by so when a player is mentioned you can link for their stats by clicking.

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