As Buck Showalter likes to say: “Tell the baseball gods your plans and they’ll laugh in your face.”
Dominic Smith might have been on the chopping block, however then he crushed too many baseballs to care. Smith loved a 4-for-4 evening on the plate with three RBI and a run scored, serving to lead the Mets to a 10-6 win over the Phillies on Sunday evening at Citi Field. Smith matched his career-high of 4 hits in a sport, doing so for the primary time since Sept. 6, 2020, which was additionally towards the Phillies.
The Mets (16-7) gained their seventh-straight collection to begin the yr, changing into the primary staff to win their first seven collection for the reason that 2018 Diamondbacks.
Smith is among the many few Mets gamers, alongside J.D. Davis and Luis Guillorme, who’ve minor-league choices forward of Monday’s midday deadline to trim rosters right down to 26 males. Smith entered Sunday evening batting 6-for-36 throughout 19 video games with restricted alternatives to contribute in an on a regular basis position attributable to Pete Alonso’s custody of first base and the revolving door at designated hitter.
“When you don’t have consistent at-bats, it’s kind of unfair to yourself to only base your success on getting base hits,” Smith stated. “I try to focus on having good at-bats and swinging at good pitches. When you come off the bench, you have to be realistic … Tonight it was just good to have some success, finally.”
But after Smith crammed up his column within the scorecard with a single, an RBI double, a two-run single and—only for good measure—one other single, he compelled the Mets hand. If the Mets, after Smith’s breakout evening on the plate, resolve to incorporate him as a part of their two roster cuts on Monday, it is going to be each cold-blooded and some extent of anger for his or her fan base.
Even so, the Mets might nonetheless shock everybody and demote Smith to the minors. Or they might launch Robinson Cano, who continues to be owed $40 million by way of the 2023 season. Smith chalked it as much as the “business of baseball” and stated he hasn’t actually thought concerning the Mets’ roster resolution.
“It’s definitely going to be a very emotional day, no matter who it is,” Smith stated. “It’ll be something to see. I think this team has really grown to love each other and love playing with each other. Tomorrow will be interesting.”
Max Scherzer (4-0, 2.61 ERA) wasn’t his most dominant self on Sunday towards a troublesome Phillies lineup, however he nonetheless managed to earn his fourth win as a Met and prolong his unbeaten-starts streak to 24 consecutive outings.
Scherzer allowed 4 runs on 5 hits, together with three house runs, with one stroll and 9 strikeouts in his six-inning begin at Citi Field. The right-hander got here out firing, hanging out the primary 5 batters he confronted, earlier than a sure divisional enemy opened the floodgates.
“There was a lot of good, and some bad,” Scherzer stated. “I made a couple of bad pitches and they were able to get homers on it. Our offense had a better night and that’s the most important thing.”
Kyle Schwarber, the continued Mets killer, grew to become the final word Mets killer on Sunday when he hit not one, however two house runs off Scherzer. Schwarber has cranked 16 house runs in his first 36 video games towards the Mets, together with 11 for the reason that begin of final season. Schwarber and the Phillies will meet the Mets once more earlier than the week is over, when the Amazin’s go to Philly on Thursday for a four-game collection.
On Monday, the Mets will tackle their subsequent NL East division rival, the second-place Braves, in a four-game collection at Citi Field. This week will function the primary assembly of the season between the Mets and Braves, and Chris Bassitt will kick off the collection opener together with his fifth begin of the yr.
But, properly earlier than then, the Mets will announce which two gamers they’re chopping from the roster. Mets supervisor Buck Showalter stated there was loads of “healthy debate” within the entrance workplace concerning the staff’s resolution, whereas the overall ambiance within the Mets clubhouse, following a win no much less, was already gloomy.
“It’s going to be painful,” Showalter stated. “We’ve got some good players.”