I had a feeling that getting rid of that negative vibes machine Yoenis Cespedes would lead to good things for the Mets. It wasn’t just because Jacob deGrom was on the mound last night. Besides, there was scientific evidence that something had shifted in the Mets clubhouse, because they finally got some hits with runners in scoring position.
Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, and Wilson Ramos all hit RBI singles in the third inning to spot New York a 4-0 lead. With deGrom on the mound, that was plenty. The back-to-back Cy Young Award winner was money as usual, completing six innings with 10 strikeouts, one walk, and two runs allowed.
However, the Mets came not-so-shockingly close to giving up the lead in the seventh when Atlanta loaded the bases against Jeurys Familia. Good thing the old standby sacked up and struck out Ozzie Albies or we could be telling a much sadder story. Justin Wilson came on and got Freddie Freeman to ground out to end the threat.
It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for the Mets, though. Jeff McNeil was scratched before the game started. Then, both Amed Rosario and Robinson Cano left the game with injuries. Fortunately, none of them are expected to miss much time, but we know how that goes.
UPDATE: McNeil, Rosario, and Cano are all out of tonight’s lineup in Washington.
The Braves, meanwhile, lost starter Mike Soroka to a torn Achilles tendon in the third inning. He’s out for the rest of the campaign, which is a tough blow for Soroka and the team.
Of course, we still don’t know if anyone on any team will be able to finish the 2020 season. Just as the Phillies and Marlins are starting to play baseball again, the Cardinals have suffered a boatload of positive COVID-19 tests that has caused their series with Detroit this week to be postponed. You’d like to think that the players are taking the virus seriously at this point, but a group of Cardinals allegedly took a trip to a casino recently that may have led to the positive tests.
Maybe the season can still continue if only one team has an outbreak like this at a time. It is encouraging that the Marlins were able to recover and get back to zero positive tests after about a week of missed games. MLB can figure out a way to manage that. In fact, if every team just missed a week we can probably make do by making it a 50-game season instead of 60 games. The real issues will arise when multiple teams get double-digit positive tests at the same time, but that hasn’t happened yet.
Baseball keeps chugging along. Maybe if the Cardinals recover as quickly as Miami did, we can finally get back to getting all 30 teams in action before long.