On Saturday night against the Texas Rangers, Travis d’Arnaud managed to get that clutch hit the New York Mets offense has needed all season. Obviously it happened after Jonathon Niese had already left the game with an injury.
Going into Saturday night’s game, the Mets have been 2-10 in games tied after the seventh inning. But on a whacky night when the Mets needed 8.1 innings out of their bullpen and came within a minute of tying a franchise record for longest nine inning game, d’Arnaud hit a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth to put his team up 6-4. Closer Jenrry Mejia got the last out in the eighth and took care of the Rangers in the ninth–but for a win instead of a save.
Niese has only five wins so far this season. However, five times this season Niese has pitched a quality start but did not get the win. The main reason for this has been a lack of offensive support. In each of the quality starts that didn’t result in a win for Niese, the offense failed to score more than three runs.
On Saturday night, Niese reluctantly left the game for precautionary reasons after taking a come backer off the ribs in the first inning. The x-rays were negative. With the luck Niese has had this season, the Mets offense managed to put up six runs in only the second start this season in which he failed to make it past the fifth inning. In Niese’s 16 starts in 2014 prior to tonight, the Mets offense have only managed to score that many runs in a Niese start twice.
The only thing that was actually surprising about Saturday night for the Mets was the fact that it wasn’t a full moon.