MIAMI -- It wasn’t pretty, but it was historic. The Mets had to rally Tuesday night with Yoenis Cespedes’ two-run double in the ninth gave them a 8-6 win over the Marlins for a franchise-leading ninth win in the first 10 games of the season.The Mets’ 9-1 record is the best start in franchise history. It was their seventh straight win.
Asdrubal Cabrera homered twice, from both the right and left side. It was the 22nd time in Mets history that a player had hit homers from both sides of the plate in one game. Cabrera was the last to do it, Aug. 26, 2016 against Philadelphia.
“You could possibly see it more,” Mets assistant GM John Ricco said. “There is always a balance we’re looking to find, experience and younger players. You’ve got to have guys who can multiple innings, left right, a lot of that goes into the perfect bullpen. Flexibility is a big part of that. Today was a case coming off an extra-inning game, we had to cover those extra innings, so that leads to the move we had to make here.”
It could be a short trip for Oswalt with the Mets needing to make another roster move before Wednesday night’s game to activate Zack Wheeler.
This is a much different Jeurys Familia than last season.Read more here from the NY POST
Dave Eiland has the proof.
“He’s not sitting on that back leg anymore and that lift leg is coming right up,’’ Eiland told The Post Tuesday night before the Mets played the Marlins at Marlins Park. “He’s getting loaded and balanced over the rubber. He’s getting his hand out of his glove and his arm speed is really good. Getting the load on that back side gives that arm time to work.’’
That makes all the difference in the world.
Familia had gotten into some bad habits. His problem was that he was squatting down a bit on that back leg, collapsing and as a result, his arm was late.
MG- I think Familia went through a lot last year besides baseball. He had that domestic incident with his wife, the injury that knocked him out for most of the season and the pressure of coming off back to back playoff appearances (plus Dan Warthen being the pitching coach). Hopefully his mind and body can keep healthy.
It's fun watching this team so far. There seems to be a totally different attitude going on right now. I guess that's what being 9-1 does. I wonder how the team will fair with 2-3 losses in a row. Will the rebound? Break? Hopefully we won't have to find out.