Something great and unexpected happened last night. The Mets got great pitching from their starter and the bullpen, which led to a 5-1 win over Philadelphia! Seth Lugo allowed a solo home run to Rhys Hoskins in the first inning, but he cruised through five innings after that. Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, and Miguel Castro each pitched a shutout inning before Edwin Diaz closed the game out in the ninth.
Where are all the “Lugo belongs in the bullpen” people now? I know the bullpen can use all the help it can get, but the rotation is in worse shape. The Mets started Robert Gsellman the other day for goodness’s sake. Just give me the best pitchers pitching the most innings. Lugo in the rotation allows New York’s best arms to be on the mound more often. It’s that simple.
RBI singles by Andres Gimenez and Michael Conforto gave the Mets the lead in the third inning, and they did not look back from there. The boys have a chance to build momentum with Jacob deGrom on the mound this afternoon, but Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola has been dealing lately. It’s going to be a battle.
Meanwhile, the Flyers broke my heart and were beaten down 4-0 by the Islanders in Game 7 of their second round playoff series. It took a lot for Philadelphia to even get to Game 7, since the Islanders so convincingly were the better team throughout. Still, I expected a better effort in the destiny-deciding game. Here’s hoping that the well-rested Tampa Bay Lightning provide a stiffer test for the Rangers’ main rival.
In the NBA, the Raptors and Nuggets both won to even their respective series. We figured that Toronto was going to be trouble for Boston after the dramatic ending of Game 3, but Denver’s dominant win was more surprising. After the Clippers blew out the Nuggets in Game 1, Charles Barkley predicted a sweep, but this series could go a lot longer if Jamal Murray continues to play like a superstar. In Game 2, he led all scorers with 27 points while Denver’s defense limited Kawhi Leonard to 4-for-17 shooting.
Chuck’s prediction that the Blazers would rout the Lakers didn’t go so well either! The most entertaining basketball analyst on television doesn’t need to be right all the time, but if this keeps up he’ll have fans lining up to pick against their squads.
A Chuck prediction gone wrong might be the only thing that can save the Bucks from elimination. Giannis Antetokounmpo will try to stave off the inevitable against the Heat this afternoon. We’ve also got Game 2 of Rockets vs. Lakers tonight as well as Game 1 of the NHL’s Western Conference Finals between Dallas and Las Vegas.